Genesis, as the first book of the Bible, has a very fitting name which means “origin or beginning”. In its fifty chapters it covers more of human history than any other book of the Bible. For many, it is one of the most interesting, important, and impactful books of not only the Old Testament but the entire Bible. Possessing such stories as Creation, the Fall, the Flood, the Tower of Babel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, it is no wonder it is such a captivating and applicable portion of Scripture.
Dogs can be hilarious and even annoying with their ability to get distracted. Often cats get pegged as the curious ones, but I have seen more dogs get into trouble being curious and lacking caution. After Evie and I got married, we got a labrador retriever named Callie. Overall she was a great dog, but she was easily distracted by just about everything. She was so curious and full of energy as a puppy, and training was difficult because she was always drawn away by every little thing that came by. Squirrels were the worst, she could spend hours tormenting and being tormented by squirrels. As Christians, I am afraid many of us lack discipline in our devotional life, and we allow dis.... OH SQUIRREL.... distractions to pull us away from focused attention on the Word. How do you eliminate Distractions?
Most Christians know they ought to have daily devotions, and know the difference it makes when their life is void of faithful Bible reading. Have you ever stopped to ponder the wonderful benefits that the Scriptures provide to your daily life? David exclaimed "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah." - Psalm 68:19. The benefits the Lord gives are truly innumerable, but one of the greatest has to be the gift of knowing Him more intimately through the Word. We can open the very heart and mind of God when we read the Scriptures. God could have chosen any medium to communicate His truth, He even said the rocks could declare His glory! Yet God in His wisdom chose black ink on white paper to communicate His heart and mind to man. There are so many benefits to daily getting into the mind of God... here are five.
As you develop your devotional life, you will need to come to an understanding of the difference between studying the Bible and Reading it. They are both important, and one is not better than the other. In this post, I will help you understand the nuances of both, and how to effectively have a healthy devotional life reading and studying the Word of God.
"The most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do." - Steve Jobs
"If it is important to you, you will find a way; if not, you will find an excuse."
Finding time to have quite and quality time with the Lord can be difficult. Our lives can be so full of distractions and busyness that quite time of any kind can be almost impossible to find. As a parent with four young children, I understand how taxing life can get sometimes. My kids love to wake up early (like between 6:00-6:30 early!), and I enjoy doing my devotions in the morning. This usually means, I have to wake up super early to find time to spend with the Lord. It can honestly be a challenge. I know many of you have similar difficulties: a demanding job, children, bad habits, even ministries can all consume our time so that little to no time remains for the Lord. How do you remedy this? Is there a solution to having quality and quantity time with the Lord in the midst of busyness? I would like to give you some encouragement in this post, YES it is possible!
Almost every Christian causality begins in one place, and likewise almost every spiritual victory commences from that same location. I am convinced that every child of God has been equipped with everything they need to succeed as a Christian at the moment of salvation. Though we could take time to examine each of these blessings, the one I am most concerned with is the Word of God. Your attitude, approach, and application of the Bible will determine your spiritual maternity or immaturity. Far too many Christians are anemic, spiritual weak and feeble, malnourished from withholding the necessary diet of God’s Word from their lives. If you are going to succeed as a Christian, and be all God ultimately wants you to be, you NEED the Word.
As you begin your devotional journey, being faithful to the Word of God, there are tools available that can enrich and enhance your experience. Though not necessary, these tools can be extremely helpful. I would like to mention five tools that can assist you in your journey being Focused on the Word.
I am so glad you are reading this, because it means you desire (like me) to have a successful devotional life! Not successful in the eyes of our peers, but successful in the eyes of God. To be honest, I don’t have “the secret”, but I have learned some things in my personal life, as well as in my time in ministry that I believe will be helpful. Here are five keys to having a successful devotional life.
Focus, we become focused on so many things in our life. A focus on work, finances, family… the list really is endless. Unfortunately, this focus often gets dialed in on the wrong things. Not necessarily that the things we focus on are wrong themselves, it is OUR FOCUS that makes them wrong. A recent study revealed that the average American spent between 4-6 hours a day on their phone, and that most people cannot go much longer than 10 minutes without looking at their phone. Social media has become ultra-accessible and now people spend an astronomical 2 hours 22 minutes on average daily scanning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like.