S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:1–10 NLT
Can you resonate with the people James was describing at one point in your life? How?
Do you desire to bring your desires under the Lordship of Jesus?
Consider your attitude…right now…towards God. Are you being humble and coming close to God? Are you resisting the devil so that he will flee from you?
Is there any “friendship with the world” you need to be sorrowful for? Anything you genuinely need to repent of?
Isn’t it amazing that if you give your heart to God, as it is, he will help it grow into something more blessed and life-giving?
Lord, you are SO good! Not only do you allow me to see the foolishness of my past attitudes and actions, you graciously give me a new day and a new heart to pursue love, life, and real freedom. I humble myself before you…I quietly come close to you in gratitude…please come close to me and lift me up in honor.