How To Feed Myself Spiritually

I need to feed myself spiritual food every day! Every Christian needs to feed daily on God’s Word to grow!

For the past several years, the method I’ve been using is amazingly simple, easily transferable to others, and powerfully practical. I follow the SOAP model and you can read more about it here: Start SOAP Journaling.


I was surprised to discover today that someone had recently done a google search on “how to feed myself spiritually” and they arrived at Day 2 of Take the Missional Challenge. This post from August 2, 2010 was at the top of the results page.

If you’d like to learn how to feed yourself spiritually – I strongly suggest that you try SOAP Journaling.

S = Scripture. I typically read one chapter from the Bible each day and ask God to speak to me personally through what I’m reading. Then I choose a key verse on which to meditate and copy it word for word in my journal. Today I read Philippians 3. The key verses I copied into my journal were Phil 3:13-14. “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
O = Observation. I write out a paragraph that focuses on what the author communicated in the key verse. Today I observed: “Paul’s focus in clear. He wants to receive the prize and is committed to do whatever it takes to be found in Christ and knowing Christ. He is intentionally ‘forgetting’ what he’s done in the past and not relying/trusting in his past accomplishments. Instead, he is focused on intentionally moving forward. His commitment is to this ONE THING. By eliminating everything else, he is able to pursue this goal.”
A = Application. I write out a specific action that I will do in obedience to God’s Word. Today I wrote: “Right now in my life I need this kind of focus and intentionality. I am a little scattered in my directions, and as a result, the goal/prize is not clear in my mind. Ultimately, I need to be more about ONE THING: Abiding in Christ, and less about all the other things I want to do for Christ. So, I will make Abiding in Christ the focus that I’m after. And, I will not rely on the things I’m doing or have done in the past.”
P = Prayer. I write out a simple pray to God in response to what I’ve read, observed and am seeking to apply. Today I prayed: “God, help me not to put confidence in all the great things I’ve done – or in things that I’m now doing. Help me to focus on abiding in you and doing those things that flow out of that relationship. Amen.”
After writing this all in my journal, then I shared what I had written with a friend. This helped reinforce what I was learning in my time alone with God. My friend then took time to pray for me that I would abide in Christ.

Here’s what I love about this SOAP method of feeding myself spiritually: 1. It’s amazingly simple. 2. It’s easily transferable to others. 3. It’s powerfully practical.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Make it your habit to feed yourself daily on God’s Word. You can use this SOAP model – or any other approach that helps you to read, understand and apply God’s truth in your life.

Author

Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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  1. Janae Louws
    Janae Louws says:

    First time I did a SOAP thing in class today, really liked it. Made me think about the text was accually saying and what I could get from it personally. Then praying is always my favorite I think that is when we really learn from Gods word and what he is trying to teach us.

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