Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8
As we read God's word, we begin to see and better understand His nature. Engaging in daily devotions reorders the way we think about life, transforms our attitude, and instills the longings of God’s heart within us.
Joshua 1:8 is a church-wide, daily scripture reading plan created to encourage, equip, and grow disciples. We commit to being on the same (literal) page as the Lord speaks to us through His Word.
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When reading the scripture, considering writing your insights in a journal. Journaling is an excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to us. It's also a useful tool to use at a later time as you review and reflect on some of the 'gems' you have received. While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your friends, family, and community group members. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight and even encourage others.
Our Joshua 1:8 devotional plan uses the S.O.A.P. method. Want to see a sample devotion?
S for Scripture
Open your Bible to the reading found under today's date of your Bible Reading Plan. Take time reading the chapter and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation
Write down observations about the scripture you just read. You may want to write your own summary of the passage, but more importantly, think about what God has to say to you through this part of his word.
A for Application
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer
Complete the “P” by writing down a prayer. This is a personal message from you to God, so don’t worry about getting the perfect words down. Just make it honest and heartfelt. Remember that God always listens, and already knows your needs. He just wants to hear from you.