Here’s how this will work.
Each day I’ll read and S.O.A.P. one chapter of Romans. S.O.A.P. is a simple way to focus on what God is speaking to you through what you read. It stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, & Prayer.
Every time I read a chapter God always focuses my heart and mind around a specific part of that chapter. Sometimes it’s just a verse. Sometimes it’s more than that. That verse or group of verses becomes the focus of my devo.
There’s one other practice that helps me know, understand and follow scripture – memorization. Consider memorizing the verse or verses you S.O.A.P.
Here we go – Romans 1
Romans 1:8, “Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in him is being talked about all over the world. (NLT)”
I’m thankful for those men and women who have lived an incredible example of faith and faithfulness. They are as different as night and day, their stories as unique as they are, yet they demonstrate a humble and uncommon confidence in every situation. My faith is stronger because of theirs.
Last week I spoke with a widow who was married 63 years before her husband passed away. I led a funeral service for a man who was a combat medic in WW2 and was married for 49 years. Their faithfulness challenges me and gives me an example to follow in my life and marriage.
Faithfulness gives us a front row seat to all the promises of God.
What do people say about my faith? When they talk about me is my faith in God even part of the story? If everything about my life can be explained apart from the work of Jesus Christ in my life then my faith is too small. I believe God wants to do something in me and through me that can’t be explained because of me.
That’s how Believers in Rome lived. Their faith was spoken of all over the world. Something was happening in their lives and their church that could only be described as God at work. That’s the story I want my life to tell.
Thank you for the examples of faithfulness you have given me through friends and family and through your Word. Bless the widows I was with last week. Encourage them today. Allow them to know your presence and comfort. Let them know the significance and influence of their faithfulness.
Increase my faith. Grow in me an uncommon confidence in you. Help me to recognize that every decision I make, every challenge I face, is an opportunity to strengthen my faith.
Let my life be so wrapped up in who you are that when people talk about me they can’t help but talk about you.
I love you, in Jesus name –
There’s so much more in this chapter…what did God speak to you?