Many people struggle to study The Bible. One method that has simplified the stress is the S.O.A.P method. S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. I love the ease of using this method. I can get a few studies going and done faster and with more understanding from just one Bible reading. To ensure I am being a diligent student, I have added an additional P for Precepts before Prayer.
Ok, this is how it works. While you are reading Scriptures, underline or make note of the verse(s) that jumps out or moves you. To dive deeper in to the understanding of THE MOST HIGH’ words, you would use S.O.A.P.P.
- SCRIPTURE write the verse or verses that jump out at you
- OBSERVATION what made the verse(s) strike a cord in you
- APPLICATION how can you apply this to your life
- PRECEPT what verse back up your verse(s)
- PRAYER write out a prayer based on what you learned and ask YAHUAH to help you to apply the lesson in your life
Here is an Example
SCRIPTURE: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 23:1-2 “Woe to the shepherds destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares יהוה. Therefore thus said יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl against the shepherds who feed My people, “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and have not tended them. See, I am punishing you for the evil of your deeds,” declares יהוה.
OBSERVATION: There are so many people, who preach their own words, are deceiving the Nation of Israel. Through these religious pastors or camp elders, there has been division amongst the YAHUAH’s chosen nation to the point we fight among ourselves about who is teaching the truth and who is teach false doctrine so much, we leave so many others in the valley of dry bones. These elders and pastors are going to be punished from their hand in the destruction of Israel and for teaching the traditions of men.
APPLICATION: I have to have discernment when it comes to who I allow to teach me. I cannot just take it on face value like a coin. The face value of a quarter is 25¢ but the coin itself is worth next to nothing. I can’t rely on flashiness and congregation size influence my willingness to learn without seeking the Truth in their words. How often did I find fault in a religious leader or elder from one of these camps by studying The Word myself? Im just saying!
PRECEPTS: Ezekiel 34:2-6 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock.You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them”
Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
PRAYER: YAHUAH…FATHER, I ask of you to continue to separate me from them. Those who seek worldly pleasures and use YOUR words to elevate themselves in fleshy admiration. YAHUAH, help me to seek YOUR Truth and blind me to all the false doctrine that I may be counted as one in your flock. Reveal to me YOUR nature and YOUR spirit that I may not be deceived. Silent the mouths of these evildoers that YOUR children can be awaken and congregate together again. I ask this in YOUR name, HALLELUYAHUAH!!