A consistent, rich devotional life is imperative for the health of every believer. A devotional consists of prayerfully meditating on scripture and allowing the Holy Spirit to show 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. Most scholars believe it was Ezra who wrote Psalm 1 - a man who was a theologian and BIG preacher of the scriptures (see the book of Ezra and Nehemiah.) You’ll notice that as a result of chewing scripture (getting their daily bread) the Psalm 1 Believer GROWS, FLOURISHES AND BEARS 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, and applying it to your life.
/// 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 for the majority of us - 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. We often feel better when we “sow our 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 became an real life adult who had to work 3 jobs and run youth ministry.
The busier we get, the more fiercely we have to guard our devotional time.
If people text, notifications pop up on my phone, or there’s housework to do - I simply don’t respond. It’s my time with Jesus, and the laundry can wait. Phone can go in flight mode. (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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