For the past several years a group of my Facebook friends and I have chosen a word that we feel God wants us to understand more fully. For one year we pray over this word, study it in depth and most of all we pray over this word.
It is once again time for us to choose our word for the year 2020. In the past I have chosen hope, joy (my favorite), peace, blessing and last year women. This morning as I was contemplating of my new word the Holy Spirit began to reveal something different to me. The more I thought about it the more I liked what He wants me to do this coming year.
My word for 2020 is ‘SOAR’. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Isaiah 40: 28-31…”Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I am blessed to live in an area where the majestic bald eagles are frequently seen. Have you ever had the privilege of seeing this magnificent bird take flight and then soar through the air? When an eagle takes flight and picks up the wind current they look as if they are gliding through the air without effort but it is God who is the wind beneath their wings. I want to soar like an eagle in my daily walk with the Lord. I want Him to be the wind beneath my wings and I pray that this next year I will soar to heights in my spiritual life and prayer life as never before.
You may be thinking that there is only one verse in the Bible where the word soar is used and you are almost correct. Soar is mentioned seven times in scripture.
God wants me to take ‘SOAR’ to another level. He gave me an acronym for the word ‘SOAR’ on which to base my study. It can be used for any scripture in the Bible by anyone.
‘S’ Scripture, choose a scripture and read it three times. It doesn’t have to be an entire chapter in the Bible just one verse or maybe three.
‘O’ Observe the verses prior to your chosen verse and those immediately following. What is going on, when in time did this occur, where is it taking place, why is this significant, and lastly how can I apply this to my everyday life.
‘A’ Apply your chosen scripture to your life. Make it personal, claim it as your personal word from God. The best was to make it personal is to insert your name or a pronoun into the verse. John 3:16 “For God so loved me that he gave his only Son, that if I believe in him I shall not perish but have eternal life”.
‘R’ Repeat the scripture back to the Heavenly Father in the form of a personal prayer. Thanking Him for his word that draws you near to him. “Thank you Heavenly Father for sending your precious son to die for me. I am so unworthy of this priceless gift that was so freely given to me. Thank you that I have a forever home in heaven with you. I look forward to meeting you face to face and worshiping you throughout all of eternity.”