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.
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.