There are many ways to enter into the Bible’s pages and learn from it. One way is the S.O.A.P. devotional method devised by pastor, bible teacher, and author Wayne Cordeiro. This method requires that you use a notebook or journal to record your thoughts and any actions you plan to take as you read from God’s Word daily. Your journal can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but the key is to write down what you take in each day so God’s Word can transform your life!
Here’s what S.O.A.P. means.
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark (or Bible reading plan). 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.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be 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.