S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” James 2:26 NLT
Jesus said, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him [Greek is literally “poor in spirit”] for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:3 NLT
Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:21-27 NLT
What is Jesus saying and how does it apply to me?
Jesus indicates that many will be deceived and find out that their work for God was invalidated by their choice to disobey God. Do your beliefs match your actual lifestyle?
Take a look back at what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). What does Jesus highlight as truly essential to the life of faith?
What was the essential difference between the person who built his house on the rock and the person who built his house on the sand?
Lord, your teaching reminds me that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Help me have authentic, humble faith that is lived out in true obedience. Forgive me for the times I have simply used your name or my own “goodness” to promote myself instead of obeying you and loving others.