Join us in October as we do a 31-day theme study in God’s promises from the Bible. Shannon from the Sweet Blessings blog put this reading plan together. Check it out HERE.
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. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!
Scripture: Romans 10:9-11 (context vs. 5-21)
The Message of Salvation to All
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
I Believe! | Marianne Toovey
God promises that I am saved, I am made righteous in His eyes, and I will never be disgraced. All I have to do is believe, unabashedly. No hiding my beliefs; no practicing in secret. I need to live my life in accordance to the belief that Jesus is God and he died for my sins, and God will take care of the rest!
I’m not a very righteous person. I fail a lot, at a lot of things. And sometimes my life doesn’t really look like I believe in and follow Jesus. But God knows my heart. He knows I’m trying. He understands that even when I mess up, I still really truly believe that He is the One True God. And that’s enough for Him. I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to achieve righteousness on my own. He’s covering all that for me just because I accepted His Truth.
Heavenly Father, I know I’m a work in progress and that sometimes I’m just “a piece of work” But I also know that You’re never giving up on me. You’re here, rooting for me and guiding me the whole time. I do trust Your promise that You saved me and made me right in Your eyes. Thank You for doing it for me, because I don’t stand a chance trying to do it myself! I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.