As we read God’s words, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think and helps to transform our mind. Then, when we face similar situations as Jesus did, we begin to respond in the same way.
Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It is also a useful tool to use later to reflect on and review some of the “gems” that you have received. Without writing these down, you may forget those blessings and some very important lessons! While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily devotions with the group. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insights, and even encourage others. We are going to use the S.O.A.P. process for journaling.
S – Scripture
Ephesians 5:25-26 “…. Christ loved the church. He gave up His life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.”
Open your Bible to the daily reading. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse(s) that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O – Observation
What is going on in this passage? 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.
A – Application
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. Write about how your life will be different today because of what you have read. Examples:
Lessons to be learned
Examples to be followed or avoided
Promises to be claimed and enjoyed
A character trait of God revealed
P – Prayer
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.