“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
Friday is a day of the week so many look forward to because it represents the coming of the weekend and time for relaxation. Relaxation that does not involve worrying about anything. Just taking it easy is the way to go. Oh, of course the troubles and worries of the week are still there but now is not the time to think about them, or is it?
Prayer time, bible reading and worship throughout the week will give you the peace you need to handle whatever comes your way during the week. There is no need to wait until the weekend to blow off steam. Going to God in prayer and blowing off steam, and yes it’s OK to do that with God because He already knows what you’re dealing with, is permissible.
Asking for, waiting for and receiving God’s guidance on how to live your life and handle the daily pitfalls is as close as a prayer. God understands what you’re going through and wants to help if you’ll let Him.
Before you start your weekend, pray and ask God what’s the best way to live your life and handle the challenges you face. He will be happy to answer you and will invite you to worship Him daily from then on.
Give God a chance. He won’t let you down.
Spiritual growth isn’t measured merely by how much we know about the Bible but how obedient we are to what we’ve learned. If the instruction we receive isn’t accompanied by our involvement in other people’s lives, we haven’t truly grown as we should.
Genuine spiritual growth is revealed by our increasing Christlikeness, which is manifested by our selfless love, care, and concern for other people. When we grow in this way, we become better representatives of Christ’s church to the world, as well as better friends for the Christians around us.
When you get up in the morning what does your routine look like? If you’re like most, you probably go to the bathroom, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and then head out the door to work. There is only one item missing from your morning routine and that is bible reading and prayer time.
Spending time in the bible, God’s word, and in prayer will start your day with power, wisdom and love. Missing an opportunity to spend some time with the Lord is like missing a high energy breakfast that provides fuel for your body all day long.
This “alone time” with God and His word will also provide you with wisdom to accomplish your daily tasks and provide you the ability to resist sin and its temptations.
Nutritionists state that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it provides the fuel your body needs to get going and stay productive. Spending time with God and in His word is the most important thing you can do for yourself in the morning.
Why not incorporate “alone time” with God at the start of your day. Consuming God’s word is like eating the breakfast of champions and it prepares you for the day ahead. Try it. You’ll like it!
The Bible is not a book like any other book. The Bible is the Word of God. True, the Bible is written in the words of human beings. It has to be, or we would not understand it. But the Bible makes it clear that its words are the medium for the Word of God. Scripture is “breathed out by God,” our verses for today proclaim. The very Word of God is revealed to us indirectly through the words of human beings. Behind the approximately forty authors of the Bible was the one God who inspired them all.
Since the Bible is the Word of God, it should have a status in our lives that supersedes any other book. We may learn a lot from other books, but the Bible should stand above them as the ultimate standard by which they are assessed. If other books fail to measure up to the standard or if they contradict it in some way, then they should be critically evaluated as such. The Bible gives us perspective and knowledge that cannot be acquired in any other way and, as a result, it should inform, guide, and direct any further search for perspective and knowledge on the world we live in.
Given what the Bible has for us, if you want to be a “man of God,” if you want to be a person who is complete, then you must be a person who has been taught, reproofed, corrected, and trained by the Bible. People who have been trained by the Bible are ready for good works. This does not mean that further training is not necessary, but it does mean that those trained by the Bible are ready to live life as we are meant to live it. Without the perspective and knowledge of life that only the Bible can give we are incomplete human beings in a very fundamental sense.
The Bible should not be just one other book in your collection of books. The Bible should be the book that you give pride of place in your collection of books.
The Bible is the most important book ever written.
Have you pursued wealth and a career at the expense of family? Maybe your busy schedule has kept you from spending time with God in His Word each day. Some people become involved in extramarital affairs, trading the well-being of their family for the satisfaction of lustful desires. Others sacrifice their health by consuming harmful or addictive substances, or even by overindulging in food. The list of ways we make foolish, shortsighted choices is endless.
Some of the decisions we make today could rob us of the blessings God wants to give us. When you yield to temptation, you’re actually sacrificing your future for momentary pleasure. We can’t afford to live thoughtlessly, basing our decisions on immediate desires or feelings. Since the principle of sowing and reaping cannot be reversed (Gal. 6:7), we need to carefully consider what we are planting. The harvest will come, at which point we’ll reap what we have sown—and more than we’ve sown.
Are you contemplating anything that could have serious long-term ramifications if you yield to the yearning? A wise person evaluates choices by looking ahead to see what negative consequences could follow a course of action. Don’t let immediate, feel-good actions hinder God’s wonderful plans for you.