Today is our first day of 21 Days of Deep. I pray that you will dive in with me as we study God’s Word together.
1 Better the poor person whose walk [with the LORD] is blameless [with integrity, upright, purposeful] than a rich fool whose lips [and heart] are perverse.
3:13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
8:12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence [good decision-making practices]; I possess knowledge and discretion.” 17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.”
We study with purpose, and that purpose is to know the Lord Jesus more closely and intimately each day. Knowing Him gives us life; He makes us lose our fear and even our temptation to sin; He gives us joy and peace, and a desire to bring others along. SOAPing up each day is good for us. It’s what is BEST for us.
Just a reminder of what SOAP is:
S. Scripture- Read the passage.
O. Observation- Observe at least one thing in the passage that you believe God has for you to learn from it.
A. Application- Consider how you may apply this new knowledge to your life today or sometime this week.
P. Prayer- Pray and ask God to give you the knowledge and the skill, the opportunity, and the courage to do it. Ask Him what (and then wait and ponder), ask Him when (wait and ponder), ask Him how (wait and ponder), and then ask Him why (wait and ponder). On this last one, you may not realize the answer until AFTER you are obedient.
So, let’s read the Scripture (you thought we had already started, didn’t you?). Might I make a suggestion? Read it here, but also read it in your Bible–the real one, not the electronic one. There’s something about the words having a physical location that helps our brains remember where it is and what it looks like.
1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched– [many people only trust what they can see and experience. John is giving account of just that!] this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. [for an expanded view of the “Word of life,” read the first 14 verses of John’s Gospel]
2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. [Remember: “If Someone prophesies his own death, burial, and resurrection, I’m going with whatever He says!”]
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. [the two are One. Jesus said so in John 10:30]
4 We write this to make our joy complete [with you as part of our fellowship; John is including US].
Let’s Observe: What in this passage was new to you? What did you know before that was reiterated?
Let’s Apply: What did the Holy Spirit bring to light for you? Was a need made known in your life? Was your faith deepened or increased by reading John’s testimony?
Let’s Pray: Ask the LORD what He wants you to “take away” from these verses. Now, ponder. Ask Him when, how and why these verses are important. Now, ponder. Allow Him to guide your thoughts. Make a note of anything concrete that He tells you.
Now, as you walk through today, be aware of His presence and His voice as He applies what you have learned. May your joy be complete as you fellowship with Him.