It is a new year and, Christians, it is time for us to mature in the ways and things of God. We need to meditate in His word daily and find His truth moment by moment. It is time we stop being spoon fed by someone else. We need to really put into practice that gift of self-control! There is great importance in discipline and consistent fellowshipping with Christ.
This isolation time during the COVID 19 pandemic offers us daily devotional and fellowship time with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You must, however, carefully reserve time for fellowship to begin your day. It won’t just happen; you’ve got to plan it and determine to do it! Like Jesus did, prepare yourself and listen for His instruction as He listened for God’s. (Jesus had a teachable Spirit.) Expect God to bless you and He will! Daily prepare your heart to listen with a teachable, joyful mind full of lovingkindness and trust.
Find God early every morning as David said in Psalm 143:8, “Cause me to hear… know the way wherein I should walk and lift my soul unto Thee…” David trusted God to guide him in daily activities and protect him from making sinful decisions. Like David, we mess up, but God gives us the forgiveness to go on. Today let’s make a covenant to seek God early each morning and then DO IT.
When we seek God early each morning, we must be fully available and “usable” in serving Him! (Early varies by individual… just make coming to Him daily your act of free will!)
Like Jesus, David came with willingness and desire to be consistent! Do not vacillate! Be dependable. Look at John 8:31, “If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed.” The Good News Bible says it, “If you obey My teachings, you are really My disciples.”
How can we know His teachings if we don’t meditate on and practice them? How can we teach what we do not know? Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, so that you may be careful to do it… for then you will have success…” Holy Ghost power is to be encouraged and asked for on a daily basis.
Be steadfast! God will honor consistency and fellowship when we persevere and endure. Make it your New Year’s Resolution. Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, please be kind and merciful to us; give us peace, truth, and love. (2 John 3, GNB)