At Liberty, our desire is that everyone would not just attend a service, but also hear from God daily through the Bible! As we read, we begin to see how God responds to and interacts with people. Doing daily devotions re-patterns and transforms the way we think, it feeds our spirit, and helps us become more like Jesus!
One Year Bible Reading – if you are using a smart phone, tablet, or computer go to bible.com and sign up for the app and then find Walk Through The Bible 365 (Pick Current Month). Click on Plans tab, then Whole Bible header. This is a 12-part series, the plan leads us through the whole Bible together in 365 days. Join in every time we start a new part each month. This series works well with audio Bibles—listen in less than 20 minutes per day! Each section includes Old and New Testament chapters, with Psalms scattered throughout.
If you like to journal! Try S.O.A.P. journaling. It is a simple and effective way to both record and process what God is saying to you. It’s a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on or review some of the ‘gems’ you have received. If you don’t write them down you might forget! Even though journaling is your personal time with the Lord, you might want to share some of it with your small group or spouse, so having a written record becomes very important! By sharing, you may be able to look deeper into what God is saying, gain new insight, and even encourage others!
How to S.O.A.P.
You’ll need four items to S.O.A.P. each day!
1. Pencil – I prefer a pencil over a pen but that’s just me
2. Journal – you can go fancy if you want, I use a $2 composition notebook
3. Bible – use a Bible or smart phone, tablet, or computer with a Bible app
4. Bible Reading Plan – if you are using a smart phone, tablet, or computer go to bible.com and sign up then click on Walk Through The Bible 365 (Pick Current Month) (takes about 15 minutes).
Brief explanation on how to S.O.A.P.
S – for Scripture
Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O – for Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
A – for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P – for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
If you want a more detailed explanation and know how to set up your Journal just click SOAP for a pdf.