Are you wanting to establish relationship with Jesus?
Bible Stories from the Heart can help
Our Goal: to help women everywhere establish a deep and loving relationship with their Savior.
At Bible Stories from the Heart, we understand that relationships are intentional!
We know that the best relationships develop slowly over time, so in order to establish a relationship with your Savior, each of our lessons contain specific steps to help you intentionally MOVE closer to the heart of Christ.
These specific steps are:
1. Love-Focused Bible Study (reading each verse with one goal in mind-searching for God’s love)
2. Reflective Journal Writing (reflecting on God’s love / S.O.A.P.)
Consider this: When you first meet a new friend or co-worker do you automatically trust this person? Of course not! Trust is something that is built and grows over time.
The more time you spend with a person, the more time trust has to grow. As you spend time together, this new person will have various opportunities to display their loyalty, honesty, and abilities to you.
If enough of these qualities are displayed, trust begins to grow. Then every time you notice these qualities displayed again, trust grows deeper.
It is the same with God. Authentic trust is built over time. To build this trust, we must take the time to observe and discover the true character of God.
We can accomplish this by using two simple strategies:
1. LOVE-Focused Bible Study
Bible study which intently looks for the character traits of God is vital. God is LOVE! God never changes! He is and will ALWAYS be LOVE!
Read each verse of the Bible with a specific purpose - To see LOVE! If we focus on this, we will see that EVERYTHING God has ever done or will EVER do; he does out of his intense LOVE for his children. Wherever there is LOVE - there is God!
So, what exactly is love? Let's look at 1 Corinthians for the answer:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV) 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…
2. Reflective Journal Writing: S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer)
S.O.A.P. is an acronym which stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. This technique is a powerful way to reflect on and absorb more of the verses from each lesson that speak to you. Let's use the following scripture to illustrate:
Luke 12:35-40 (NKJV) 35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
To help get you started and to demonstrate this technique, below is an example SOAP that I did based on the scripture above. I chose verse 39. At the end of this blog, there is a SOAP page which can download and use for your own reflective writing. Try this approach for yourself!
Luke 12:39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
I noticed that this section of scripture is titled, “The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant.” As I read and reflect upon verse 39 I understand why this title applies. Verse 39 helps me to see that Jesus is describing the attitudes of two different people through this story. In this parable, the faithful servant is considered faithful because this servant knows his place and knows his master. Whereas the evil servant is considered evil because he thinks himself to be the “master” of his house. He does not truly know HIS TRUE MASTER at all.
This evil servant considers Jesus to be a THIEF! When Jesus returns, this servant feels violated and intruded upon instead of excited and fulfilled.
The world in which we live encourages us to OBTAIN more and more possessions. Our society tries to trick us into believing that we can and should OWN lots of amazing THINGS while here on earth. This earthly thinking is what caused the evil servant in our focus verse to become confused. NOTHING we have belongs to us! We are NOT masters - we are SERVANTS! Verse 39 reminds us of this. None of these earthy items actually belong to us! Out of ALL of our so-called possessions, 100% of them belong to God. We must understand and believe this to be true! God is the owner and MASTER of everything. God, our MASTER, has simply entrusted us, HIS SERVANTS, to watch over HIS things until he returns. We are NOT masters of our possessions! I need to remind myself of this daily! God WILL provide for me the things I truly NEED because he LOVES ME! I must keep my focus on HIM and OFF of THINGS :) My TRUE happiness is based on SERVING God and SPREADING LOVE :) I must stay GIRDED!
Dear Heavenly Father please guide my thoughts and desires. Help me to gird myself daily to stand ready to do your will! Please forgive me for oftentimes thinking that I am the master of my life and possessions instead of you. Please help create in me more of a servant's heart for YOUR glory. In Jesus' name - Amen.