A consistent, rich devotional life is imperative for the health of every believer. A devotional consists of prayerfully meditating on scripture until the Holy Spirit shows you a way to apply that truth to your life. If you want to flourish in your life with God -
it starts behind closed doors, with your bible
Psalm 1 describes a believer with a rich, consistent devotional life in the Word of God. You’ll notice that as a result of chewing scripture (getting their daily bread) they GROW, FLOURISH AND BEAR FRUIT! It says they “never drop a leaf” - meaning, there’s no dried up or withered parts of their life. Wanna be a fruitful person? Wanna flourish in life? It’s all dependant on your devotional life! That is, time spent with the Lord, in His presence and His Word.
/// Psalm 1 : 2 - 3 ///
“Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month. Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.”
However, sometimes that’s easier said than done. Here’s some secrets to making sure you get your daily bread and avoid being a dried up, crispy, withered Christian… (For more tips on this, check out my post TOOLS FOR TREASURE HUNTING )
1. CHOOSE A TIME
The Israelites were instructed to gather their bread daily (Exodus 16) and they had a set time frame to do it in. They went and got it at roughly the same time every day. Don’t just spend time in the Word whenever you "feel" like it - try to schedule a time and stick with it. That way,
you're feelings don't get to lead your devotional life - you're love for God's Word does.
Remember, the things you value, the events you value and the people you value are the ones that end up on your calendar and in your daily schedule. Choose a time and be as consistent as you can with it daily - God will honour it.
2. DO IT IN THE MORNING
The Israelites actually had to gather their manna in the morning - the scriptures say when the sun grew hot, it had actually melted away! (Exodus 16:21) Mornings are the best time to spend time in the Word before the opportunity melts away in the midst of the daily grind, disruptions and fatigue. You give your first fruits of the day to God - when you’re most alert and least distracted. In the same way that it’s better to tune your instruments before the orchestra, it’s better to be tuned up by the Word before your day sets in. I always feel better when I “sow my seed in the morning”
/// Ecclesiastes 11: 6 ///
“Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon…”
3. PRIORITISE IT
Sometimes we think it’s too much of a demand to get in the Word daily. We think we don’t have the time. I know people who are more committed to reading the weather report than Christians are to their bibles!
Somehow we can find 3 hours for Netflix but struggle with 3 minutes for the Word
It feels so much easier sometimes to collapse on the couch and scroll through Instagram instead of picking up our bibles. When we’re tired, our bible doesn’t seem to glow as pretty as the screen of our iPhones. We live in a day and age where we’ve never been given so many alternate options to reading the word.
Most of us flick through at least 4 social media accounts before we flick through the scriptures
- and it doesn’t help when our Bible App is right next to the Facebook one! The struggle is real. Because of this, I believe it’s become more powerful than ever before when we make the choice to prioritise time in the Word. The Lord rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
4. GUARD IT
I used to have hours on end to spend time in the Word. Then I got married and I suddenly had to divide my time with another companion (not complaining). Then I had babies! Goodbye hours of free time … see you later!
The busier I get, the more fiercely I have to guard my devotional time.
When I had a newborn, I would schedule my devotional time in that magical moment when both babes have their midday sleep at the same time (I have a toddler as well.) But boy, do I have to protect that time. It’s precious. If people text, the phone rings, or there’s housework to do - I simply don’t respond. It’s my time with Jesus, and the laundry can wait. Sometimes Husband and I prefer to set the alarm for early morning and schedule bible time a good hour and a half before our girls wake up. We even sneak the coffee machine into the garage so we (he) can make our coffees so we don’t disturb them. (Bonus tip for guarding your devotional time to all the parents out there - make your coffee away from the ears of small children. They’ll hear you. And they’ll find you.)
At the end of the day,
God will only pour water on a bed of soil that has seeds sown into it.
Otherwise, all you get is wet mud. If we sow the seed of the word into the soil of our hearts, expect Him to pour out His Spirit and water it - and wait for awesome things to grow from it! We won't grow if we don't sow.
You sow the seed and trust the Good Gardener will water it
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