Monday, June 28, 2010

Read Your Bible Today

A couple of weeks ago I had the mother of all days.  Everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong; most folks that I came across were ill tempered (no easy feat since I primarily work at home); and my stress level was through the roof. I'll bet ducks to dollars that you know the kind of day that I'm talking about.

Although I, like anybody else, am not at all fond of bad days, I can usually take them in stride and meet my challenges. But on this day I just couldn't seem to pull it together.

Thinking it over ... 

By that evening, you could have stuck a fork in it because I was done. On thinking back over the day's events I tried to pinpoint what was different about that day (aside from the enemy stepping up his game to set a new record for number of attacks) than any other. A few thoughts came to mind:

  • When I got up that morning I didn't read my Bible - and neither had I read it the night before;
  • Other than a cursory 'good morning' I didn't spend any time in prayer with God when I woke up. I didn't ask Him to cover me, lead, guide, protect, and shield me under His wings;
  • And very much unlike other days I wasn't focused on His presence throughout the day. No meditations on Scripture, no spontaneous silent or vocal expressions of prayer. My focus had totally shifted ... to my problems.

Now I'm not at all suggesting that if I had done these things that I wouldn't have had any problems that day;  to the contrary, I'm sure that they would have still been there in full force -- but I sure would have been able to fend off the attacks with much more precision if I had had my armour on.

You have a choice -- victory or defeat ...

It's amazing how it turns out to be the little things that can make the difference between opening the door to defeat or blasting open the flood gates to victory.

Make it a point to read your Bible today. Spend just five minutes with Him and let Him speak to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. See what kind of a difference it makes.

Do you read your Bible every day? Do you meditate in His Word? Do you pray often? Share with us how implementing these very good habits in your daily routine makes a difference in your faith walk.

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11

"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

"Pray without ceasing." I Thessalonians 5:17