Have you ever stopped to take a look at your life and thought, “How can I improve my relationship with God?” One simple solution would be to spend more time alone with Him, right? But how? Looking at your daily schedule, where on Earth can you find the spare time to do that? Here are 7 things you can try implementing into your life to make it happen.
#1. Start and end your day with Him.
“These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deut. 6:6-7 CJB
From the moment we get up in the morning, His Word should be on our minds. What if nothing like that pops into your mind first thing in the morning? Open up your Bible and read! The morning is the time when our brain is the most receptive. You could begin with something as simple as a verse, a chapter, or a full-on daily devotional. Not enough time to do that? Try getting up a little earlier. Even 15 minutes could make the difference you need to get started. Isn’t that usually the hardest part? Whatever the case, ask the Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, then seek to find something precious in that portion of Scripture to meditate upon. It will change the course of your day. Finally, dont let yourself fall asleep without spending a few minutes in prayer or worship.
#2. Keep the Word close by.
In this age of computers, smartphones, tablets, etc., there’s nothing stopping you from downloading a free Bible app to have with you wherever you go. YouVersion has a great free app that I highly recommend.
#3. Make it a priority.
That’s right. Spending time with God is an essential part of your life rather than a nice accessory. You must build it into your life rather than onto it. This means replacing some of the less important activities in your day with prayer and reading. If you’ve taken my advice from point #2, then the next time you’re about to get on Facebook or YouTube, move your thumb over to that Bible app instead. The more you decide that the Bible is a necessity for your life, the more you will find yourself making time for it. Our desire to follow through with our commitment to get into the Word must outweigh our desire for other things.
#4. Take it seriously.
Pray for God to help you take your time with Him seriously. If you lack enthusiasm while reading the Bible you will not desire to keep coming back to it. There’s nothing more discouraging than the feeling of having wasted your (or God’s) time. Ask the Holy Spirit to spark a fire inside of you and give you an intense longing for more of His presence in your life.
#5. Get plugged in.
No matter how independent we may feel, everyone needs fellowship. Regardless of whether or not you belong to a congregation, if you’re not involved in a Bible study, I suggest finding a group of folks that preach, teach, and love the Word. Home Bible studies have changed my family’s life. Spending time with a few other families and friends in the comfort of a home could make all the difference for you, too. A casual, inviting atmosphere fosters good friendships and a deep sense of belonging that people need. Plus, you could gain new insight into portions of Scripture you may have previously found hard to comprehend. Doing this even once a week could inspire you to hunger and thirst more deeply for the Word, and even for more fellowship. Not a bad cycle to get caught up in.
#6. Be consistent.
Human beings are creatures of habit. Recent studies have found that it takes 66 days to form a new habit. Don’t let this scare you away. You must be goal-oriented if you are determined to make God’s Word a new habit in your daily life. Set out to pray, read, and study at the same time, same place, every day. Before you know it, the Word will be so built-up in you that you won’t want to stop. If this can replace a bad habit you’re trying to break, even better!
#7. Realize your need for Him.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”. James 4:10 CJB
Pride can get in the way of a lot of things in our life, namely, progress. Ask the Father to remove any pride from your heart that would cause you to resist reading, studying, and praying daily. Once you are humble, then the Father can really work with you and form you into what you were meant to be. He is the potter and we are the clay, so we should desire to be an open vessel in which He can pour His Spirit, His wisdom, and His mayim chaiyim (living water). His Word is life, and we really can’t have TRUE life without Him.
“The fear of ADONAI is a fountain of life enabling one to avoid deadly trap.” Prov 14:27 CJB
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