S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths. The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly. Proverbs 5:21–23 NIV
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The LORD works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster. Proverbs 16:2–4 NIV
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer. Proverbs 24:8 NIV
Starting point: don’t plan evil!
Intentionality begins by surrendering to the Lord.
Is there a hidden area of your life where you intentionally do wrong things? Like roadkill in a crockpot, sin only gets worse when you add the heated pressures of life and enough time.
What do we learn about God in these Scriptures?
What do we learn about ourselves and others in these Scriptures?
You have a choice—you can surrender to God and let him lead you down “paths of righteousness” or you can embrace and grow sin in your life until it takes over. What choice are you intentionally making…right now?
Lord, I am so full of insecurity and mistrust that I am sometimes very uncertain of what will happen if I truly surrender and follow you. But I am reminded that you have always been faithful in the past, and you have always been full of love and mercy in the present. I choose to trust you with my future!