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November 30 – Praise and Gratitude Day 30

In November, we are spending 30 days in praise and gratitude of our Almighty God as we prepare ourselves for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. This reading plan comes from Sarah Ann at the Proverbs 31 Mentor blog (https://proverbs31mentor.com/).

You can join us in this study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Feel free to share your SOAP in the comments too! Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you.

I am thankful for my identity in Christ.

Scripture:

2 Peter 3:14-18 – So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

SOAP Note

Guarding, Growing, Glorifying! | Kathy Page

Scripture

2 Peter 3:17-18

Observation

In this 2nd letter to believers, Peter addresses the internal dangers of false teachers, that threatened to corrupt the body of believers in both doctrine and practice.  His message is that application and conformity to Scriptural truth is the best defense against spiritual counterfeits.  Peter wrote this epistle as a lasting reminder to his readers to remain faithful to the foundations of their faith and to urge believers to live holy and godly lives in view of the certain coming of the Lord Jesus.  If we guard ourselves from spiritual error, we will not fall from our own steadfastness of faith, and we will grow in our relationship with Jesus, and when we grow in Jesus, we will glorify Him with our lives.  In our day when spiritual counterfeits confront us from every imaginable media, this message is more relevant than ever before!

Application

What is grace?  It is being found acceptable, to be favored, and to have a divine influence on your heart.  We all want to grow in favor with God, to be found acceptable and to have Him influence all that we are.  It is the riches we receive through Jesus Christ our Lord!

What is knowledge of our Lord? If you ask some people, they will tell you they believe in God.  But do they have ‘knowledge’ of who He is.  The knowledge that Peter describes here is more than just acknowledgment.  Rather, it is a familiarity with God’s character, endeavoring to become acquainted with Him and His personality , to understand Him, who He is what He does and what HE purposes, and what He commands.

How do we grow in knowledge of our Lord.  Every piece of information we need to know about Him and our relationship with Him is contained in His Word.

How do we grow in grace?  Begin to grow in the knowledge of Him who gives grace to all who seek Him.  Open God’s Word and let the revelation of our Lord Jesus grow in you.  Grow in grace and knowledge and live to glorify Him!

Prayer

Father, sometimes it’s hard to discipline ourselves to be diligent in our pursuit of You.  Instill in us once again a hunger that will not cease.  Put in us a thirst that cannot be quenched.  Help us by Your Holy Spirit to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus.  Draw us to Your Word and satisfy this longing in our hearts to know You more.  That we may live our lives to glorify You!! In Your Name we pray, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.