I checked my oil in my truck. This time I had done it at the gas station and try to do this often during fueling stops. It helps me to have peace of mind. It keeps me aware that my truck is running as best as possible. It also gives me ample time to handle things should they arise. If I see for example, a hose looking old or if I see one of my belts looking worn I can plan and prepare to change them out.
I started doing this probably soon after I was assigned in the Mechanic shop. I was taught that I could catch most of the discrepancies before they would be a downing gripe and cause us to miss a mission. So, I thought that if it was good in my work, then it must be good for my vehicle as well. As I was thinking of this week’s focus. I had a thought of when was the last tie you took care of YOU; and inventoried your spiritual fluids. There was a phrase that many seasoned/mature Christians would ask another in earnest; “how you living?
When do we take “study to show yourself as an approved student ….” Seriously hearing the truths in God’s word and knowing the truth?
This is important because God’s word (bible) is yes active and yes it will lift the brokenhearted. however, without a consistent honest inventory it is likely that you would repeat the same thing, month after month, year after year.
We (me included) struggle with things that others would have conquered. Even in my own life as I am navigating changes and overcoming obstacles. I must remind myself that if I slip in my own prayer time or bible reading, that it can throw me off-track of what I am choosing to accomplish. I would not want to miss the mark and I wouldn’t want you to miss yours either.
So, for this weekend. I would like you to focus on you by taking an inventory of your quiet time with the Lord.
- How often do you pray? Is it only at meal times? Is it when all systems you have in place, failed? There is nothing wrong with saying grace at times of food. Although to really get to know the will for your life or to know what your destiny is. It takes a dedicated and consistent prayer. This is a dialog with Jesus not just a monologue
- Am I present during my time of bible reading? Being present is a post all its own. For this application, I suggest finding a bible translation that you find easy to read and having a journal to write down things that may have stuck out to you. It also would be handy to have a highlighter to highlight passages of bible that really make you think or cause you to want to remember. What about location? True, location is important. Although the time spent reading the scriptures and being focused in the scriptures is well worth the time spent getting after your goals. You will find that the Lord somehow speaks to you through his words and If your present, you will hear the still small voice.
- How am I applying what I learn? In my estimation I feel the worst thing a believer can do is become stingy with what they have been exposed to. Sure, you may have heard the message on Sunday morning but, when Monday hits and fail to apply what you learned, you miss out on the opportunities the Lord may have for you.
I want you to be empowered and move forward! As a believer you cut your supply short if you are not refining the basics of spending time with God in prayer, reading his word and, putting into practice what you have learned.
QUESTION: What other areas should you inventory? Let me know by putting them in the comments below.
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Here’s a thought, I realize with each passing day is a day closer to what I believe God has destined for us as a family and the burden we share for ministry. Teresa and I have been discussing our direction with the blog and the expectations we desire as a result. This helped us see where we can improve not only in serving the Lord but also each other as husband and wife. As we prayed and talked, and prayed again we believe the Lord has given our underwriting message for this year and Escalanteministries.com
Our focus for this year started early in December. I was looking at my life in all areas evaluating its present state. I had my journal with me for many weeks hoping to get something from God. Then, on my day off I was praying and this time being intentional in my prayer about ministry and the blog.
Later that day I felt the Holy Spirit impress on my heart the words: Sowing, growing, harvest. I don’t want to be cryptic or spooky. There was not a beam of light shining or a dove flying above me. I felt the Lord gave me the impression that it is time this year to sow.
To add value. To bloom where I am planted. To give more, to pray more and to fast (yikes). This year is a year for me to be stretched in all areas. Physically, spiritually and emotionally as a Dad, Son, and Husband. I am convinced that the Lord wants this year to be the best year yet. this takes leaving the safe and familiar. It takes time. It takes sowing.
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