SOAP SOAP SOAP

God Gold of the Day

Learned something really cool tonight with the youth group I’ve been getting involved with. It was SO COOL I just felt like not sharing it would be doing you a disservice. You’re probably wondering why the title of this is “SOAP SOAP SOAP?” Like what could that possibly mean???

Well I had the same question tonight when I started hearing that we were having a SOAP night, that we were going to SOAP together. I was thinking, “are we going to wash our hands, wash someone else’s hands, what are we doing with the SOAP?” SOAP is a Bible study method that this youth group has been doing for awhile now and it’s brought the students along with the adult leaders into better Bible study disciplines and allowed them to dig deeper. SOAP simply stands for;

S- Scripture, O-observation, A-application, and P-prayer

So SOAP is basically a way to study the Bible using all if these things just mentioned by writing it down, whether on a piece of paper, a sticky note, or journal it which is probably best so you can look back at recent SOAP moments. You just take a piece of scripture, write the scripture out which really helps you dig deeper already, then you write down observations you have on it, next step is to write down how this scripture can be applied to your life, then take everything you’ve learned through your time studying over the Scripture more deeply and pray about it with the Lord. Ask Him to help you understand what He is saying, ask Him how to apply it to your life and even ask for help applying it because living out the Word of God can only be done through His Spirit withing that gives you His strength.

This video below is what our youth pastor sent us to give a better glimpse at what the SOAP Bible study method. Definitely worth the watch because he explains it much better than me.

 

Okay so now you know what SOAP is, here’s the Scripture we used with the students tonight so you can take it or pick another piece of Scripture and SOAP. Start SOAPing NOW!!! Have fun with it and I pray this Bible study method can help you dig into the Word more deeply on the daily!

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

-John 19:28-30

I’ll be honest, just doing this I had some huge lessons learned about the time I spend in God’s Word which isn’t nearly as much as it should be. Also, with this verse it’s easy to say, “oh yeah, it is finished, Jesus died on the cross for our sins, I know that.” Then you go about your day like nothing happened BUT WAIT! This truth about Jesus saying, “It is finished” that’s such a powerful statement and holds so much for me and you. I tend to hear what I want to hear and go on like I heard nothing, but take a second today, put down your phones, spend a little less time doing you and spend it with God in His Word, SOAP a little bit. It can be tough to do when people and life in this world we live in pulls us a million different directions but there is only ONE WAY that really changes things in our lives, that way is through the Word of God. Coming to a deeper understanding of the magnitude of who Jesus is, what He’s done for us. Seriously, coming from a guy who struggles to stay consistent in the Word and even when I’m there it’s just a pit stop where I don’t really stop long or dig in at all. The easy thing to do is opening your Bible, reading a little bit and saying I’m good, or not reading your Bible at all, that’s easy, anyone can do that. And if you’re reading this whether you are a believer or not, you can say all you think you already know, be “too busy” to take time with God in His life changing Word, or say that nothing in there is going to help me anymore than I can help myself or something in this world can help you. I challenge you and encourage you, open up His Word, don’t just read it but SOAP, really dig in. I guarantee you will never be the same. I would say it’s definitely worth trying, you can say all you want but how do you really know how powerful, true, and life-changing God’s Word is until you actually open it up and find out for yourself. SOAP SOAP SOAP babyyy!!!!!

Champion Faith

God Gold of the Day

Saw this quote today from Tony Bennett, the University of Virginia’s head basketball coach. Last night if you didn’t already know, his team won the biggest prize in college basketball, the National Championship! It’s always cool to see people like Tony express their relationship with Christ and speak of their faith on a bigger platform but to think, this guy just won the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! He’s accomplished the biggest goal he possibly can in his coaching career, BUT even when he’s got it all. He’s reached the top of the mountain, what more could he have or want that’s bigger than that??!?

In last night’s post-game press conference Coach Bennett shared a statement that shows that NOTHING in this world, no level of success, no accomplishment, amount of money or possessions amount to the greatest to a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!!!! This is the quote from Coach Bennett! Praise God for his faithfulness on such a large, widely viewed platform! Makes you think a lot about the platform God has given you! It doesn’t take it being big and famous for your faith to be heard and impact others lives for Christ! If this man can share his faith on this big of a platform, ask yourself how you are using the platform God has given you, even if its smaller, any platform God has given you is big. Ask yourself, “how am I using what God has given me to share His awesome truth and gift of LIFE with others?”

And I may have used the restroom beside Coach Bennett during my time working at the Hyatt Hotel as a bellman. Just saying…. It was the most surprising potty time I’ve ever had! Sorry couldn’t let the opportunity pass by! Enjoy this and have a super awesome day!

“I have great things in my life — my love for my wife, my love for my family, my love for coaching, my love for basketball,” he said in 2014. “Those are wonderful things, but when you line them up in comparison to Christ and the relationship you have with Him, with what He’s done for you and with what He’s given you, they don’t compare. That’s the greatest truth I know.”

Simple Will

God Gold of the Day

“1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

-Romans 12:1-2

Had the opportunity to sit down with a pastor today and received some extremely helpful and wise council. It’s crazy how God sets people in front of you to speak the words of encouragement and words that you are in great need of hearing. Today, these words I received were words that broke through a lot of my own weakness to see the awesomeness and freedom in this life with God.

I had mentioned to this pastor kind of a rundown of the last few months of my life. Facing bigger decisions than I’ve ever made before I can honestly say I struggled but in the struggle were great lessons to be learned. I kept trying so hard to seek God’s will, find out what God’s will was for me in these decisions and the next steps I needed to take. I looked so hard to see where God wanted me to go and what God wanted me to do that I overlooked the simplicity in God’s truth. In Romans 12:1-2. this pastor referred to these when speaking about God’s will today. Of course most Christians may have heard these verses, I mean I’ve heard them a bunch and even wrote God Gold messages about them but today I heard it explained in a little different way, a simple, and straight from God way.

If you haven’t learned yet, we as humans can be our own worst enemies at times. If you would have asked me what these verses meant or ask any other believer, you would probably get a wide range of answers because most would be based off of our experiences instead of GOD’s simple and literal truth. During my time seeking out God’s will with all of these big decisions, I have had so much of me in it that I made God’s will extremely hard to see. Pastor Mike today mentioned how we so often see God’s will as this big mystery where we have to uncover the truth out of it’s mysteriousness. We see it as a mystery because from my example, I couldn’t seem to figure it all out so I kept trying harder and harder to decipher this special code or formula that is God’s will but in my effort it only led me to be more blind from seeing the simple truth in front of me. We do things our way, we choose what we want, we try to make God’s will fit the desires we have and then trying to actually see what God’s will is, we’ve made it so hard wrapping it up in what it isn’t that we look right over the SIMPLE TRUTH. We over complicate it, we over analyze, we do this so much that in my case I spent months scared to commit or take a next step because I wasn’t completely sure what God’s will was. I guess I thought that this miracle or heaven opening experience would happen where God speaks out probably in a super low voice. Well that’s just how I imagined it but He would say, “Jordan go here, Jordan do this, Jordan this is my will.” Hate to say that never happened. I was far from impulsive but that caused me to live scared, live stuck in the mud, bogged down to make any step out of my comfort zone for God.

On the other end, people are so impulsive that we don’t care to know what God’s will is, we just act in whatever seems best or whatever is more enticing in the moment, never praying about or seeking guidance from God’s Word just doing. Both can be harmful and leave some nasty scars between a person’s view of “God’s will.”

What Mike told me today was that God’s will is not a mystery and in these verses, God’s will is shown so simply and true to us. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, don’t live for self but live for God in every way. That means to find out what is pleasing, perfect and good, you have to get yourself out of the way. Don’t over complicate it or not care enough but seek what is good, pleasing and perfect to God. You find that all over God’s Word and when dug into, you seek what God wants, what God says is good, what God wants you to do, how God wants you to live. You see I said God, not Jordan right?

And instead of over analyzing this “mystery” just stay grounded in scripture, constant in prayer and watch how God works in your life on the daily. Pay attention to all that God is doing in  your life, it’s not a heaven opening momemt but it’s literally just God placing you in situations He wants you to be with opportunities that move you farther into His will for your life. Attack what God has placed in front of you. I saw this so true the last couple of months as I made such a mess of things. I made the big decisions and I know without a shadow of a doubt it was in God’s will because I didn’t think too much I just stayed more constant in prayer, more active in His Word and God placed things in front of me. I just did it, I attacked them and honestly had no idea I was until after the fact sitting there with such a peace about me. I became so fearful to mess up during this time but learned that God’s will isn’t meant to confuse us or scare us, it’s every day making decisions that honor God and moving in what God places in your path. Before you know it God has moved you so much farther down the road than you would have ever been by doing it your way.

So simple but we make it so complicated. Don’t be conformed to this world is simply telling us not to listen or declare that anything is truth unless it’s from God in His Word. We can easily be swayed to think we’re supposed to be a certain type of person, do a certain thing or told different opinions on what God’s will is but don’t buy in. Buy in to what tells you throughout the pages of His Word, through moments of prayer growing deeper with Him, through what He has placed right in front of you in your life. You can easily go a million different directions but God gives us the tools and the power of His Spirit within us to decide what is He saying and doing compared to outside and personal influence tells us. A million different options, but only ONE option is good, perfect and pleasing to God, only ONE option truly brings us to freedom of fear, freedom of doubt or worry, only ONE option leads us to LIFE and truly LIVING, that ONE option is God’s will and He’s told us so simply what His will is. Walk in it, live it, and love it! God just made our rocket science into a kindergartners homework. Have fun today in God’s will!

 

 

Oil and Sheep and God

God Gold of the Day

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oilmy cup overflows.”

-Psalm 23:5

My good buddy Cory sent me some pretty awesome God Gold the other day and I couldn’t help but share it with you. I’ve always heard this verse and the phrase, “anoint my head with oil” and I always thought it had something to do with David being king and getting anointed with oil is something they do before one becomes king. In other ways I know some pastors and different people anoint others with oil to pray over them, pray healing over them from sickness, different things like that. Honestly at the end of the day, I read this and have no clue what it really means or the complete AWESOMENESS of what it means. I’ll go ahead and shut up now so you can dig into this piece of gold. I pray it brings you into a closer relationship and deeper love for God in every single way.

“Anoint my head with oil 

Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. 

So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep. Do you have times of mental torment? Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over? Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them? Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil? He has an endless supply! 

His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always! There is peace in the valley! May our good good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings! God is good and He is faithful!!! -Author Unknown” 

Pretty awesome right??? David speaks Psalm 23 describing what he knows from his days as a shepherd. In this Psalm, God is the shepherd and we are the sheep. Thank God for anointing our heads with oil! Protecting us from the evil surrounding us that is always seeking a way to get inside of hearts and minds! He is GOOD!! He is FAITHFUL!!! And He is God!!! Our shepherd that always watches out and helps His sheep!

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Son-Day Surprise

God Gold of the Day

Just wanted to share this heart-tickler with you to start your Sunday! I’ll be honest with you this wasn’t a dry post for me. some tears may have been shed in the making of this post so if you have an issue (tears), you may need to grab a tissue! This is a really awesome and heart-warming story I found recently so enjoy and let your hearts be warmed! Hope y’all have an awesome Sunday!

 

“At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question.

“When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?”

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. “I believe, that when a child like Shay comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child.”

Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.

Shay asked, “Do you think they’ll let me play?”

Shay’s father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.

Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and, getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, “We’re losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team, and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.”

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield.

Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base, and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible. Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact.

The first pitch came, and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher took the ball and turned and threw the ball on a high arc to right field, far beyond the reach of the first baseman.

Everyone started yelling, “Shay, run to first! Run to first!”

Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second!”

By the time Shay rounded first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions and intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases toward home. Shay reached second base. The opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, “Run to third!”

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, “Shay, run home!” Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the “grand slam” and won the game for his team.

“That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world.””

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