My wife, Jessica, and I have an interesting relationship.
She loves to work out.
I love to eat out.
Jessica works hard at becoming stronger. She plans our meals a week at a time, and she never misses a day at the gym. All her hard work is paying off and, as a result, she is getting stronger.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted as having said, “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”
I don’t want to be the same KC this time next year. I’ve discovered that in moving forward—in growing in all things—I will always become stronger than I was before.
The same is true about your faith. How strong is your relationship with God? Would you like it to be stronger?
If you’re anything like me, there’s always room for improvement.
Here’s five reps to take your walk with God to a whole new level:
1.) Make a daily appointment with God and KEEP IT.
Paul, who wrote more than half of the New Testament, said, “My determined purpose is just to KNOW him.” Phil 3:10 AMP.
Paul had it right—you can’t know someone without spending time with them. Seek Him and you will find Him.
2.) Pray the prayers of the Ephesians: Eph. 1:15–23, Eph. 3:14–21…weekly, monthly, whatever.
Be bold and insert your name right into the prayers.
God doesn’t want you grappling with the big question of “why am I here?” He wants to personally show you. And when you pray those prayers, you are simply asking the God of Glory to open the eyes of your understanding so you can know the HOPE of your calling.
If you pray this in earnest, you will find your future is so bright, you will need shades!
3.) Someone once said, “You can’t change stupid. Stupid is forever.”
That someone was WRONG!
God has all the wisdom you need. The Teacher of All Things lives inside you through the power of the Holy Spirit. When you read a Proverb a day, it keeps the stupid away. Most months have 31 days…Cool deal…because there are 31 Proverbs. One for each day. How sweet is that? And it’s no coincidence, I am sure!
Whatever date it happens to be read that Proverb for the day.
Wisdom: don’t leave home without it.
4.) “Above ALL else GUARD your heart. For out of your heart flows the issues of life.” Prov. 4:23
Wow! Just let that truly sink in for a moment or two.
How do things get in your heart? Through your ears and through your eyes. Job 31:1 reminds each of us to “set a guard over my eyes so that I won’t sin against you, O God.”
Think of all the ways this can be applied to your own life.
5.) Isolation is never a cool place to live: Population me. No thanks.
Hebrews 10:25 reminds us that we were designed to do life together.
Life is better with a church family. A family of believers that understands you and loves you can help fan the flame that will propel you toward your godly purpose. That flame is already inside of you waiting to burn brighter: “Being very confident in this, that God who began a good work in you WILL continue that work.” Philippians 1:6.
The Five reps mentioned above is not a “to do” list. Not a check list. Doing one or all of them won’t make God love you any more than He does right now. That just isn’t the way He rolls. They are simply five jumping off points—some ways to help you say, like Paul, that your determined purpose is to know Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me to know you more than I did yesterday.