start a personal devotion time

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT)

IMG_1121This week we are looking at steps that help us seek God. Yesterday we discussed taking a cynicism fast. I know after that one, I caught myself getting aggravated with something I saw on the news. Tiffany and I both looked at each other and said the same thing: cynicism fast! So what can you do to fill the time you otherwise would have spent consuming certain media outlets, or whatever it is that causes your cynicism to rise? Turn to God, of course!

A personal devotion time is very important. The daily water was started precisely for this purpose. It helps to draw your attention away from the distractions and divisions in the world, and place you in God’s presence. Searching the scriptures, spending time in prayer, enjoying worship music, and meditating on what God is doing in your life gives you a godly worldview and prepares you to turn your belief into action. After all, I hope you know that your life matters to God, and God wants you to share that message with others.

Our Bible passage for today points to the importance of studying God’s word. It teaches us, corrects us when we are wrong, encourages when we are right, and equips us to do the good works God wants us to do. Spending time in God’s word daily is critically important to deepen your belief and shape your behavior.

If you find yourself struggling with cynicism surrounding things in your life, I want to encourage you to turn off the TV, internet, radio, whatever, and pick up your Bible. Open an app on your smartphone or tablet (YouVersion is a great and FREE resource with numerous bible translations, reading plans, and devotional guides). Put in some worship music and sing at the top of your lungs. Pray to God for help in setting your heart and mind on heavenly things. Or turn it all off, sitting still and quiet, meditating on God’s word and work. Go on a cynicism fast and start a personal devotion time…you’ll be glad you did!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving me your word to teach, correct, encourage, and equip me. Forgive me the times I neglect your word, will, and way, and help me to focus on you as opposed to the things that distract and divide. I thank you for Jesus, and pray in his name. Amen.