Sunday, October 13, 2013

S.O.A.P.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. II Timothy 3:16,17

Have you ever watched someone make soap or listened as the old folks told about soap making?

“You take the ashes from the hearth and run water through them. That makes the lye. Then you take the fat from the hog that you kill and render the lard. Mix the lard and lye water together and stir til she’s thick. Pour it up in the wood molds and let it cure.”

 That would be the explanation most of our foremothers would give.

Soap making is a relatively new invention given to us from the Romans, but God has been using soap on us since the first animal sacrifices. Alters had to have ashes removed. The ashes already contained the animal fat. The one who cleaned the ashes already had the components of soap. All he needed to do was wash. The blood sacrifices were a picture of Jesus sacrifice for us. We are in need of spiritual cleansing from our sins. All we need is to do is ask Jesus to forgive us and cleanse us, to make our hearts brand new.

Just like we need a regular bath, we also need to make sure we keep our hearts clean. I John says 1:9,10 says: If we say that we have no sin. We deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

A friend introduced me to a Bible study method called S.O.A.P. It’s an acrostic for
Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer
Read a chapter and write down the verse that seems to jump out.
Write down what you observe about the passage
Write how it applies to you.
Pray and ask God to help you apply this truth to your life.

Thought the video might be helpful.
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