Routine

Acts 5:41-42 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

Routine.

Some swear by, others swear off of it.

By nature, we are creatures of habit. There are certain things we do as a manner of repetition. Hygiene must be kept up for a healthy lifestyle. Everyone must eat, or we will die. Sleep is necessary for the body to function. But do we feel the same way about the food required for our spirit to thrive?

The natural man or the unsaved man is made up of body and soul. They are joined together at birth and intertwined in every activity. Once presented with the gospel and now saved, the man becomes body, soul, and spirit. The spirit of man that once was dead has now been made alive by salvation.

What was once a closed book to us, now becomes our daily food. Food feeds our bodies. Relationships feed our souls. The Bible, the Word of God, is that which feeds our spirit. The ability for the child of God to live the victorious Christian life depends on which part he or she feeds the most. 

Feed the body whenever it cries out and that one will live carnally, guided, and driven by the basest of needs. Feed the soul, and that one will live by emotion. Fickle as the wind, wherever the emotional wind blows; that is where you’ll find the one that feeds the soul.

The feeding that our spirit needs comes from the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself showed us by doing only that which the Holy Spirit of God led Him to do.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

Often, our day is ruled by the thing that screams the loudest. That broken pipe in the basement, the growling in our stomach, or the friend who wakes us in the middle of the night with troubles that need attention; these things are hurled at us, forcing us to make a choice. We must choose what is essential for that moment.

God helps us with those choices. 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Many feel this command impossible to follow. Yet, God would not command something we are unable to keep. Realizing that prayer is a conversation with God, it means we are to remain in constant communication with Him throughout our day. 

Do you greet the day by saying, “Good Morning” to the One who kept you safe through the night? Is there thanks on your tongue for the strength in the legs that raised you up out of bed this morning? Did you begin the day seeking food for your soul to sustain you throughout your day?

As you come to crossroads in your life, do you seek the wisdom of the One who has already seen what is at the end? Prayer keeps us in contact with the One who has before ordained works specifically for me today. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

I have found that having regular, daily devotions provides a sense of greater peace and strength for the day than rushing off, leaving God waiting in my quiet place. So often, I find that what I read has some application during my day.

It may be an encouragement for one who has fallen. There may be news I’ll hear for which I may not be prepared. There may be a verse that sticks out, and I may not know the reasons why, but becomes apparent as I interact with those throughout my day. It is food for my spirit for which I have grown an appetite. 

The Word of God is not only my daily manna to feed me, but it is also the manual for how to live this life here on this earth.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Many reading can testify of something read in devotion that later, God used to help, to guide, to comfort, and to witness of His most beautiful, providential care for our soul!

If our enemy can keep us off of our knees and out of the Bible, we are too weak to fight the good fight of faith. We must purpose to meet with God daily to obtain our necessary food for the day. We must make a priority. We must make it our routine.

Happy Monday!

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