In the world but not of it

October 17, 2009

Daily briefing…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by
evil. As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands. I
rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your
words. Psalms 119:133, 143, 147

I once read how the President of the United States receives
a daily briefing each morning. It is a structured and formal event that takes
place each day so he can be informed on the issues at hand in order to
effectively perform his duties.

I also see Jesus as having set a pattern each morning (Mark
1:35) to get up and go spend time in prayer.

As believers we too need our daily briefing. For us it comes
through time in the Word. Too many people treat their Bibles as textbooks and
the reading of it as homework.

We think nothing of watching or listening to the news each
morning, reading our newspapers or magazines as a way of being informed but
this information is stagnant and not living. It cannot transform us or compel
us to truly change and draw nearer to God.

There is no substitute for the Word of God.

The truth is we need to be deliberate in our actions and
ensure that we are spending time with the Lord each morning in His Word and in
prayer. This is not a formula for success. This is the pattern of building a
loving relationship with the Father; a relationship on solid rock; a
relationship that will empower us to withstand the pitfalls of life.

Maybe you don’t have a history of being consistent in your
time with God each day. Perhaps you are a random reader and don’t really know
how to get started. There are lots of ways to get started. One is to read thru
the Bible each year. You can follow the One Year Bible (http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/
) where you can choose the translation you are familiar with and read parts of
the Old and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day.

Spend time in prayer. Tell God what is on your heart and
mind. Express your burdens and the pressures you face.

But first spend time worshiping and praising Him. Don’t
leave your daily briefing until He has spoken to you through His word and
empowered you for the day ahead…

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