Hey friends! A few days ago I started using the SOAP Bible Study method and even in such a short time, it’s been revolutionary in how I approach the Bible and how close I feel to God. I got into the SOAP Bible Study method after picking up the Seasons of Soap journal from Horacio Printing. I used their Dream Planner last year and absolutely loved it so I thought their journal would be a good investment.
I’ve struggled with my relationship with God lately and I haven’t been shy about admitting it. There’s been such a sickness in my heart and soul like the Devil got inside and I can’t get him out. I’ve struggled with anger, resentment, and envy; often completely unfounded. My soul sickness pulled me further and further from my faith and the farther away I fell the sicker I felt. I knew the only way back was to draw closer to God but nothing seemed to work. The SOAP Bible Study method has been a game-changer for my relationship with God.
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The SOAP Bible Study method encourages you to slow down, really read the scripture, interact with it, and commit it to your heart. You go through the verses slower but you get so much more out of it. The very first day I SOAP’ed I felt closer to God and felt Him speaking to me in a way I haven’t felt in months. If you want to feel the Holy Spirit really talking to you, I highly recommend applying the SOAP Bible Study method to your time with God.
So, what does SOAP mean?
S = Scripture. Take the time to read the S
O = Observation. What does the Scripture mean? Who is the verse speaking to? Are there any important points or messages?
A = Application. What is God saying to me in this Scripture? How does this message apply to me and my life? Is there an action I need to take or change I need to make?
P = Prayer. Pray over the verse(s) that you just read. Ask God for understanding, healing, or forgiveness if that’s what you feel in your heart.
Oh, and don’t mind the dog hair on my leggings in these pictures. As you can see, Wilkins likes to join me during my Bible study time. 😉
I realize I’d reached a point in my Bible study where I was reading the verses and trying to reach a self-imposed goal of reading for so many minutes or reading so many chapters. It became about reaching some random target rather than connecting on a deeply spiritual level. It also became something I squeezed in during my lunch break or after work for 15 minutes rather than something I specifically scheduled in my planner as part of my day.
What the SOAP Bible Study method taught me is that it’s not about some random goal or self-imposed deadline. It’s about truly connecting over the messages from God and letting yourself feel, deeply, what He is trying to share with you.
You can easily follow the SOAP Bible Study method in your own journal so purchasing a dedicated SOAP journal like Seasons of Soap isn’t required but it definitely helped me. Horacio Printing has dedicated sections in their journal for specific topics (like anxiety) and places to stop and do a Heart Check to help you review what you need to let go of and who you need to forgive. I’m struggling in some of those areas but I’m confident I’ll able to get to where I need to be.
I’ve started setting my alarm clock for about 30 minutes earlier in the morning so I can wake up with a cup of tea and my SOAP Bible Study. I can feel God pressing an intense message on my heart but I’m not sure what He’s saying or where He’s trying to lead me. All I know is that He’s telling me it’s going to be ok and good things are on the horizon.
Thank you to our sponsor, Horacio Printing, for gifting us a copy of their Seasons of Soap journal. You can learn more about it here.