The value of daily Bible devotions
I wonder how many people reading this article practice daily Bible devotions? It’s so easy for this practice to get overrun by the demands of the day, isn’t it? But there is nothing so precious or powerful than a mind and heart trained by daily Bible devotions.
Different ways of managing Bible devotions
There are a number of ways to get your daily Bible devotions done. Here are some examples:
Daily devotionals done by various authors. There are many good ones out there, and we mentioned them before in this GOD TV blog post. What they do is give you a small daily dose of the Bible, along with some encouragement. But the key is, they get you into the Scriptures daily.
Bible in a year Bibles (like The One Year Bible). These take a little bit more work, but at least you’ll get yourself through the word of God and get your devotions done. They often mix up the readings between the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Psalms, the Proverbs, etc. the main thing is, you will have a lot of material for your soul and spirit to feast on.
Audio bible. If you’re driving a lot, you can get an audio Bible, and even a daily audio Bible. Devotions of this kind pack an extra wallop. The Scripture promises this:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:17)
Hearing the Bible read aloud builds your faith – try it!
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A few keys
The key to daily Bible devotion is making it easily consumable. and by this we mean, don’t put too much on yourself at once. Make sure whatever goal you have for your daily Bible devotions is something you can actually achieve. You want to make sure that you see and feel your progress. This way you won’t get discouraged with your daily Bible devotions. You need to make sure it drives your heart to meditate on His word. You want to find a way for God to speak to your heart.
Scheduling stands above all as the key to make sure you get your daily Bible devotions done. You’ll do great at this if you are a good time manager, someone who plans their day the day before and their week the week before. You’ll schedule set times during the next week when you’ll devote yourself to your devotions. And everyone who lives with you will know your schedule because you proactively communicate it to these people. This way you get buy-in in advance, and won’t need to worry about offending people when you’re not available to them. (Communicate with the people you live with so that they know the importance you give your daily Bible devotions – you won’t regret it!)
Other people benefit from this kind of communication by seeing your example. They’ll be challenged by it. They’ll see the progress you are making in pursuit of godliness, love, humility, self-control, etc. They’ll connect the two things together: your Bible devotions, and your resulting growth and godliness, humility, kindness, love, etc.
The Apostle Paul told his apprentice Timothy, the young Apostle he was mentoring, to:
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (1 Tim. 4:15-16 NKJV)
We are shooting for progress – progress which becomes evident to all.
The point of daily Bible devotions
And this is the whole point of daily Bible devotions, isn’t it? That we grow up into a mature man, unto the full stature of Christ’s character and goodness? This is what we are chasing, and people should see our growth in character over time.
So take the time, and schedule the time. Make sure your daily Bible devotions are one of the “big rocks” you schedule during your week. God bless your pursuit of our God and King!
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