Do you ever find yourself struggling or discouraged because you can’t get yourself to be disciplined enough to have your special time with the Lord on a regular basis?
Then, thinking that you are just a horrible Christian, can’t be used, and not seeing much fruit? Why does it seem so hard to Walk with God? I just can’t do it?
Here is the reality and struggle that so many of us have. We think… I struggle to have my time with God in the morning because I can barely get up at 5 to get to work. I already have to push the snooze button 4 times to get up, get ready, get my coffee and off to work I go. I struggle to do it when I get home because I am exhausted and can’t think or if I attempt to sit down and read or pray, I will just fall asleep. On top of that, I have things at home I have to take care of too. I feel like its just impossible to fit it in or to make time for it and actually get something out of it.
We have been taught that if we don’t do this list of things to be a “good or spiritual Christian” each day, in order to have a close walk with God, we are considered a backslidden Christian, undisciplined and useless for the work of God. So, if that is true, how are we to do that in the midst of our reality of life that seems to just get crazier each year that goes by?
Lets forget all that we have been taught and look to the Word. What does God say about this problem and what is His solution?
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
meditate, prosperous, success
meditate on the law day and night
make my way prosperous, thou shalt have good success
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
blessed, delight, meditate, fruit, prosper
Don’t walk (live) by the counsel of the ungodly. Don’t stay (remain) in places where sinners go. Don’t hang around people who mock (make fun) of God and His Truth.
Delight (take pleasure) in God’s Word. Meditate (think on it over and over again) on what God commands and requires of me.
All I do will prosper
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lords ware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”
Key words and phrases:
lay up (store, put away, keep) in your heart and soul, write them
keep in your mind and thoughts the Word of God. Write them all around you. Keep the law in front of your eyes, wherever you go.
Your days will be multiplied
“Pray without ceasing.”
I Thess. 5:17
My part: Pray without stopping. (It’s not just one special time of the day, it’s continually)
God’s Word was made to meditate on while doing everything else we have to do. So, Is it good to have a special time? Sure, but that one time will not keep you walking with God all day long. I can spend an hour or two reading, praying and journaling and I will forget more than 50% of what I read that morning during the rest of my day. The formula for success, in our life, is meditating on the Word throughout our day, talking to God, consulting with Him, throughout our day, and confessing and surrendering to the Holy Spirit throughout our day. That is walking with God and being successful in our life. So, how do we do that in this crazy, non stop, busy day and age?
1.Take a look at your daily duties, responsibilities, and schedule.
2.Ask God for Wisdom how you can be creative in how to be meditating on His Word through out your day.
3.Listen and read the Word throughout your day.
Forms in which to listen or read the Word: I-pad, I-pod, cellphone, C.D.s, Computer, DVD, etc.
-When you are driving, riding in some kind of transportation or at home working, listen to the Bible. Pick up your I -pad or cellphone while you are in line and read some Scripture. Make use of those little moments.
–Write the verses that most help you throughout your day. Post and put the verses in places you will see them and read them periodically.
If driving, put a post-it note somewhere where you can glance at it when at a red light or parked somewhere waiting for something or somebody. If at home, put in places like, on the mirror, in front of the kitchen sink, your bedroom, etc. If you are at a desk in your work place, have it somewhere on your desk for you to read and meditate on it. If you are walking here and there, have it written on 3×5 cards and pull it out from time to time and think on it. Talk to God about it.
4. Pray without ceasing. (Now that one can be challenging)
Here is What it Looks Like
I read about a man that was known as a man that was so close to God, that his life impacted so many other lives, simply because people saw Christ in Him through His daily life. He was an ordinary man who worked and lived an ordinary life. No one special or of high position and not even very well known but was the most godly and Christ like man that I have ever heard of before. So, what did he do? What was he like? In the book, Practice of the Presence of God, shows how he lived and walked with God on a daily basis.
“ Brother Lawrence spent the last 40 years of his life in the
practice of the presence of God—that is, in silent and intimate conversation with Him. A plain, blunt man with a rough exterior, unlearned and living in total obscurity, daily performing the most menial tasks, he became known and respected by high and low alike. His life was a shining example of holiness. He had a frank, open manner that inspired confidence and candor. Many sought to learn the source of his Christlike spirit. They found his wisdom practical, unadorned, and to the point, yet profound and beautifully broad in viewpoint.”
It started by him deciding to do two things: 1.He decided to do everything for the love of God, by prayerfully going about doing his daily duties. 2. His only desire was to find joy in doing little things for the love of God.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“He died on Monday, February 12, 1691, at age 80. While on his deathbed,
Lawrence was asked how his mind was busied. “I am doing what I’ll do
throughout all eternity—blessing God, praising God, adoring Him, giving Him
the love of all my heart. It is our one business, my brothers, to worship and love Him, without thinking of anything else.”
This is what it looks like to walk with God… Don’t settle for man made ways of trying to be a good christian. You will fail every time and live a life that is discouraged and unfruitful. Do what this man did and God will use you to impact lives for His glory.
Abide in Him… stay connected with Him…we can do nothing without Him…