Lord, my sorrow makes me deaf,—cause me to hear: A sense of divine love is to the soul both dawn and dew; the end of the night of weeping, the beginning of the morning of joy. Only God can take away from our weary ears the din of our care, and charm them with the sweet notes of his love. Our plea with the Lord is our faith: He who made the ear will cause us to hear: NIGHT appears to be a time peculiarly favorable to devotion.
Its solemn stillness helps to free the mind from that perpetual din which the cares of the world will bring around it. And the stars looking down from Heaven upon us shine as if they would attract us up to God. I know not how you may be affected by the solemnities of midnight, but when I have sat alone musing on the great God and the mighty universe, I have felt that, indeed, I could worship Him, for night seemed to be spread abroad as a very temple for adoration, while the moon walked as high priest amid the stars!
Great in Your works. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have ordained, what is man, that You are mindful of him? And the son of man, that You visit him? Habakkuk retired to his watchtower to see how the Lord would answer him. This is a most important principle for believers today as well. See also Spurgeon's sermon Watching to See. In seven students see note below at Cambridge University became famous for their "Quiet Time" slogan…. You stimulate [us] to take pleasure in praising You, because You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they can find peace in You.
You Are My All in All. We need to beware of a subtle trap regarding Quiet Times. We can begin to think of our spirituality as proportionate to the number of times we have met with God during the week. If devotions become a chore we chalk up, then we are in danger of becoming legalists rather than lovers. Not only is this legalistic approach prideful, it is the antithesis of the desired effect of a rightly motivated Quiet Time for as John writes…. He must increase but I must decrease.
Before the watchman cried the hour, he was crying to God. He did not need to be informed as to how the hours were flying, for every hour his heart was flying towards heaven. He began the day with prayer, and he continued in prayer through the watches of the day, and the watches of the night. The soldiers changed guard, but David did not change his holy occupation.
Specially, however, at night did he keep his eyes open, and drive away sleep, that he might maintain communion with his God. He worshipped on from watch to watch as travellers journey from stage to stage. Meditation was the food of his hope, and the solace of his sorrow: He preferred study to slumber; and he learned to forego his necessary sleep for much more necessary devotion.
It is instructive to find meditation so constantly connected with fervent prayer: How rare an article is it in these days. There is no specific "formula" for Quiet Time in Scripture and for that matter the phrase "Quiet Time" is not even found in the Bible. The principle of meeting with God however is found as discussed throughout these notes and is foundational to growing in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2Pe 3: Modern smart phones have a feature called "Face Time" to make the phone encounter more personal and realistic.
As Christ followers we need "face time" with our Master and quiet time is simply one way of accomplishing that end. In the notes below there are a variety of suggestions as well as caveats regarding quiet time, but simply put, we should keep our "face time" with God simple so that we are neither encumbered by even "good things" Heb Obviously if we aim at nothing, we are certain to miss.
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So our aim should be to seek God's face keeping it simple. I suggest the following as a minimum:. God speaks most clearly in His Word and we can record notes, thoughts in the margins. It is preferable to select a Bible without notes lest you be tempted to read men's words rather than God's Word - remember your desire should be a face to face encounter with the Living God through His Living Word - cf Coram Deo [R C Sproul].
Your goal is not the complete the quiet time that's legalism , but to become more intimate with God, more like His Son, more ready to yield quickly to His Spirit. If you've never practiced the discipline of delight not duty of a quiet time see Robert Foster's Seven Minutes with God posted below for his suggestion. A couple who is passionately in love can't be kept apart. If we love someone, we want to spend time with them. We say we love Jesus, but does our time alone with Him our deeds support what we say? Lovers love to be alone. It is easy for the "tyranny of the urgent" to overwhelm our good intentions of time with the "Lover of our souls" and before we realize it we've postponed our appointment until the next day or the day after, etc.
You've never done that have you? As Spurgeon said "Have your heart right with Christ, and he will visit you often, and so turn weekdays into Sundays, meals into sacraments, homes into temples, and earth into heaven… In forty years I have not spent fifteen waking minutes without thinking of Jesus. Robert Boyd Munger in his the little booklet, My Heart Christ's Home compares his heart to a home where Christ has been invited to dwell as the heavenly guest.
He goes room by room, showing how the Lord cleaned the dirty books off the shelves of the study, took down the filthy pictures, how He cleaned the dining room of unhealthy appetites and desires, etc. The living room was a comfortable room with a quiet atmosphere. The Lord said, "This is indeed a delightful room. Let us come here often. It is secluded and quiet, and we can fellowship together. I couldn't think of anything I would rather do than have a few minutes with Christ in intimate companionship. He promised, "I will be here early every morning.
Meet me here, and we will start the day together. He would open it and then we would read together. He would tell me of its riches and unfold to me its truths. He would make my heart warm as He revealed His love and His grace He had toward me. These were wonderful hours together. In fact, we called the living room the "withdrawing room. But, little by little, under the pressure of many responsibilities, this time began to be shortened. Why, I'm don't know, but I thought I was just too busy to spend time with Christ. This was not intentional, you understand; it just happened that way.
Finally, not only was the time shortened, but I began to miss a day now and then. It was examination time at the university. Then it was some other urgent emergency. I would miss it two days in a row and often more. I remember one morning when I was in a hurry, rushing downstairs, eager to be on my way. As I passed the living room, the door was open.
Looking in, I saw a fire in the fireplace and Jesus was sitting there. Suddenly in dismay I thought to myself, "He was my guest. I invited Him into my heart! He has come as Lord of my home. And yet here I am neglecting Him. With downcast glance, I said, "Blessed Master, forgive me. Have You been here all these mornings? He had been faithful in spite of my faithfulness. I asked His forgiveness and He readily forgave me as He does when we are truly repentant.
Remember, I love you. I have redeemed you at great cost. I value your fellowship. Now," He said, "do not neglect this hour if only for my sake. Whatever else may be your desire, remember I want your fellowship! You know, the truth that Christ desires my companionship, that He loves me, wants me to be with Him, wants to be with me and waits for me, has done more to transform my quiet time with God than any other single fact. Don't let Christ wait alone in the living room of your heart, but every day find some time when, with your Bible and in prayer, you may be together with Him.
My Heart Christ's Home. May we be ever mindful of Christ's love for us, So that our Quiet Time is motivated By a sense of anticipation and delight, Not a sense of drudgery and duty. As functional legalists we recognize and condemn legalism when it comes to salvation, the idea that we can be saved by our works. However, we embrace it and live as legalists for sanctification.
Although it is God's grace that justifies and sanctifies, many of us live day by day relying on our works for our sanctification. When our works don't measure up, we either question our salvation or our worthiness. Ask yourself these questions: How do you feel about yourself when you miss your quiet time , when you don't pray, when you pass on a witnessing opportunity, or fall into a "big" sin? When you are less than pleasant with your family, friends?
When you just don't feel spiritual? Now, how do you feel when you have a great quiet time, share Christ with a friend, turn your back on temptation, are kind and generous to all those around you, and you have a plain sense of God's presence in your life? If you are like most, you fall easily into the trap of feeling like on a "good" day, God is blessing and you are walking in sanctification, and on a "bad" day, God is not only not blessing, but you are the lowest of Christian pond scum!
Quiet time is to be a blessing , not a burden! The Spiritual Life - 46 page monograph. But we do expect God, and we fancy it will be incentive enough for a reasonably large attendance. Sermon on 1Timothy 3: Our hearts are so prone to fall into a legalistic spirit, where we congratulate ourselves for keeping our vows, but our hearts are far from the Lord.
The main thing is to walk closely with the Lord, judging all known sin and gladly obeying His Word out of a heart of love. If you miss your morning quiet time, your day is not under a curse. Walk with God that day and make it your priority to meet alone with Him as soon as you can. The biblical balance is: On the other hand, do discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness 1Ti 4: A Psalm of David. As we alluded to earlier, we do well to cultivate the attitude and pattern of David, a man after God's own heart Acts One thing I have asked desired as in Eccl 2: If your quiet times are too quiet consider making this your prayer to God, that He might cultivate this desire in your heart "One thing I have asked… ".
Devotions are a matter of our heart more than a discipline of our day timer. There is only one thing, that he desires,… an ardent longing which extends out of the past into the future, and therefore runs through his whole life. The one thing sought is unfolded… a lifelong dwelling in the house of Yahweh, that is to say intimate spiritual intercourse… is the one desire of David's heart, in order that he might behold and feast upon of a clinging, lingering, chained gaze the pleasantness or gracefulness of the Lord. There you have it in one verse of Scripture. There is only one thing he desired; but because he desired this one thing, all things became possible.
This is the mainspring. This is that which sets everything else in motion and enables all else to function as it was intended and to fulfill its appropriate role. If the one thing that is needful is desired and sought, everything else will fall into its proper place and will perform its proper function… David's desire is an ardent longing that runs out of the past into the future. It is not a momentary thing. Intimate, spiritual intercourse is the one consuming desire of his heart, and it was this that dominated David all his days… At the end of the day ask yourself what you have done with your time.
How much time did you set aside to worship Jesus Christ? You might be surprised. Of course, to worship Him in your quiet time is not the end. It is only the beginning. You are merely tuning your instrument to face the day. We seem to have the strange idea that if only we can have a quiet time, everything is going to be fine for the rest of the day; and if we do not have a quiet time, everything is going to turn out miserably. This is not so. The quiet time should be set aside early in the morning, but it is only the tuning of the instrument. You cannot say, "I have had my quiet time.
We must walk in fellowship with the Lord throughout the day. Spurgeon said he was never out of vital contact with God for more than ten minutes! Little wonder that God used this great lover of Jesus Christ so mightily. Like King David before him, C. Spurgeon purposed in his heart to seek to be a true worshiper of his Lord, for no man will ever experience true worship in a consistent manner unless he sets his will to do so.
How to Worship Jesus Christ. Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment. The man of one book is eminent, the man of one pursuit is successful. Let all our affections be bound up in one affection, and that affection set upon heavenly things. What we cannot at once attain, it is well to desire. God judges us very much by the desire of our hearts. He who rides a lame horse is not blamed by his master for want of speed, if he makes all the haste he can, and would make more if he could; God takes the will for the deed with his children. This is the right target for desires, this is the well into which to dip our buckets, this is the door to knock at, the bank to draw upon; desire of men, and lie upon the dunghill with Lazarus: Our desires of the Lord should be sanctified, humble, constant, submissive, fervent, and it is well if, as with the psalmist, they are all molten into one mass.
Under David's painful circumstances we might have expected him to desire repose, safety, and a thousand other good things, but no, he has set his heart on the pearl, and leaves the rest. That will I seek after. Holy desires must lead to resolute action. The old proverb says, "Wishers and woulders are never good housekeepers, "and "wishing never fills a sack. We shall find our desires to be like clouds without rain, unless followed up by practical endeavors…. We shall not need to make enquiries in meditate on heaven, for there we shall know even as we are known; but meanwhile we should sit at Jesus' feet, and awaken all our faculties to learn of him.
A major factor regarding our spiritual growth is our time in the Word. Peter makes clear the relationship of intake and growth…. Therefore because you are "born again" 1Pe 1: Surrender to the Spirit's searching of your heart and enabling power to put off all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for yearn for, pant for the pure no additives, undiluted milk of the Word, so that term of conclusion - don't miss it!
Notice that the very thing that caused Peter's readers to be "born again" "seed which is… imperishable… the living and enduring Word of God. It's easy to focus on verse two and miss the vital relationship with 1Pe 2: If we have unconfessed sin like those in verse 1 , we are not "spiritually healthy" so to speak and our spiritual appetite for holy things will be blunted at best and totally absent at worst.
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Moody had an excellent practice of keeping "short accounts" with God -- Every evening before retiring he would review the day with his Lord, trusting His Spirit to reveal anything that had displeased Him cp Ps Such a man is prepared for the morning hour of worship recall that "worship" speaks of the worthiness of someone. He is worthy - Rev 5: See parallel passage Hebrews 5: Guy King tells about the time he "lived in a certain vicarage for fifteen years which had a pear tree in the garden; but never a respectable pear did it yield me all that time.
I am no gardener; but my successor was - and, strange to relate, he had a bumper crop his very first year! He went at the roots, which I was too ignorant to do. Not we, but He. May we not be stunted trees. A B Simpson - Dwell deep in the hidden life of God. The cedar grows more beneath the ground than above it.
C H Spurgeon - The nearer we come to God, the more graciously will he reveal himself to us. Stephen Olford - God's best for you is closely linked with this daily meeting with Him. Do you have a Quiet Time, or have you let it slip? Be the man of God who takes time to be holy, speaks oft with his Lord, abides in Him only, and feeds on His Word. God grant that this may be true of you. You cannot tell me you have surrendered to God, that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life, or that you know the fullness of the Holy Spirit unless you have your manna in the morning.
May your prayer be:. George Sweeting - While still in his childhood, John Wesley resolved to dedicate an hour each morning and evening to Bible study and prayer. Doctor's say the most important mean of the day is breakfast. Jesus understood the importance of a spiritual "breakfast of champions" and how it even prepared one for the spiritual war each day is certain to bring…. But He answered addressing the Devil's temptation in Mt 4: How did Jesus resist the Devil's intense temptation? Filled with, led by the Holy Spirit Lk 4: God's "template for victory" has not changed.
Quiet time can strengthen us for the inevitable daily battles with temptation! Living is sustained by feeding.
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We must support the spiritual life by spiritual food, and that spiritual food is the Lord Jesus "The Word of God," Jn 1: R W De Haan comments: If we have been feeding daily on God's Word, it's natural to feel "hungry" when we skip our quiet time. But if we continue to neglect it, we may lose all desire to study the Scriptures. In fact, we may be starving ourselves. How much time do you spend reading the Bible and meditating on its truths? Do you miss the Word when you neglect it? If you've lost your taste for the "bread of life," confess your negligence and ask God to revive your appetite for His Word.
Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea. Elmer Towns - The secret of our future spiritual maturity lies in our daily routine of Bible study. Jim Faucett - It is misguided to think that God will revive a people who find no time to commune with him from the heart. One major characteristic will be an increase in appreciation for who and what God is. Our personal quiet time should cause us to praise Him Ed: Cp "A garment of praise [Spurgeon sermon] " - Isa Little wonder that the incredible introductory description in Job 1: Stephen Olford speaks of a "carry over" benefit of his Quiet Time -: My prayer list is a very interesting one.
I never pick up a telephone without a prayer. I never dictate a letter to my secretary without a prayer. At the drop of a hat…and so I feel I live in that attitude of perpetual prayer. Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever. Henry Blackaby challenges us - If you are not keeping a spiritual journal or diary, you need to.
If the God of the universe tells you something, you should write it down. When God speaks to you in your quiet time, immediately write down what He said before you have time to forget. Then record your prayer response. I write down the verse of Scripture He uses and what God has said to me about Himself from that verse. I write down the prayer response I am making; so I have in place the encounter with God, what God said, and how I responded to Him. I also write out what I need to do to adjust my life to God so I can begin to experience Him relating to me in this way. George Sweeting the respected former president of Moody Bible Institute once said that "If we don't maintain a quiet time each day, it's not really because we are too busy; it's because we do not feel it is important enough… There's an old navy rule: A W Tozer - God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine Ed: Or technologically crazed age.
The man who would know God must give time to Him. It is my noblest and most fruitful employment, and is not to be thrust into any corner. Martin Luther once said "I have so much to do today that I must spend at least three hours in prayer. Steven Cole - If you're bored with worship or with serving the Lord, you've lost sight of the glory and majesty of God. Rituals and routines can be pretty boring, but the living God is definitely not boring! Whenever in the Bible someone got a glimpse of God, I assure you, they were not glancing at their watch to find out how much longer the service would last!
I realize that not every worship service will give you a glimpse of God! Not every quiet time will be glorious. But if you're consistently bored with worship, you probably need a fresh glimpse of the greatness of God. Serving God the Leftovers: Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail, " But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish; Thou hast destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee. The best time to worship is, of course, in the morning, in that time that we call a quiet time. But what is a quiet time to you? To me as a young Christian, in the early years, it was anything but a relaxed, meditative time.
In fact, it was a time when I had to get through a certain study of the Word of God and certain prayers that I had to pray from my prayer list. Thus, my quiet time was not really a quiet time. It was a study time, a time for intercession, a time for petition. Then I was introduced to a small volume on prayer by A.
Pierson that led to an intensive study of the teaching of our Lord on prayer… Our Lord's first lesson on prayer is found in Matthew 6: He is saying, "The first thing you must do is get somewhere alone with Me," for a closet is a closed place. A room can become a closet. A forest can become a closet. The important thing is aloneness, in secrecy, being alone with your Father…. We enter into the holiest, into the very presence of God, by the blood of Jesus to commune with Him on the basis of a blood-sprinkled Mercy Seat Heb What did this do for my quiet time?
It absolutely revolutionized it. Instead of looking at my watch and saying, "I have ten minutes to get through my prayer list," I simply knelt down and quietly meditated upon the fact that I was in the presence of the Lamb of God and worshiped Him. My quiet time then became something for Him, not something for me and with the worship of my heart—the pouring out of my I heart to Him in worship—came the overpowering awareness of His presence.
Were you as convicted as I was when I read Carroll's description of his quiet time as "something for Him, not something for me? The flesh is very clever, even especially when it comes to "religious" activity. We need to approach the Quiet Time with a Ro Such an approach will surely change our inward to an outward, upward focus and we will walk away less conformed to the world and more transformed by His Spirit, our minds renewed and ready to test and approve the many options of the day as to whether they are the will of God. We need the attitude of Richard Fuller who said "Count not that thou hast lived that day in which thou hast not lived with God!
You are either in the Word and the Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ or you are in the world and the world is squeezing you into its mold. The greatest tragedy in evangelicalism today is the many who are "under" the Word of God but they are not "in" the Word for themselves! Hendricks went on to answer the question of why people don't get into the Bible more often for themselves:. Don't understand how to begin. People say "get into" the Word of God but don't tell you "how" to go about "getting into" it for yourself.
I'm just a layman, not a professional… you can't expect me to be able to study the Bible for myself. See inductive Bible study. When Rob Morgan asked respected expositor Stephen Olford if he had any advice for someone entering ministry by the way we are ALL in ministry of some type - 1Pe 4: Never, never, never miss your Quiet Time.
Rob Morgan goes on to say that "It was shortly after that when another influence came into my life. Through a mutual friend, I had the opportunity of spending several seasons of extended time with Ruth Bell Graham, and she described to us how important the Quiet Time was to her. So she told me about her little loose-leaf notebook made of leather. She said that she kept wearing it out, but she knew a leather crafter who kept repairing it for her. There she would record the thoughts God gave her each day as she studied her Bible.
Unconsecrated Christians who are living according to the flesh are referred to as "carnal" in the Scriptures see 1 Cor. It is never recorded that Lot built an altar. He was not known for his communion with God. As a result, he got into trouble, just as any believer gets into trouble when he does not take time for daily fellowship with God. I am not referring to a time when the entire family reads the Bible and prays together. This, too, is extremely important, but I am referring particularly to your personal time alone with God.
Perhaps you say you do not have enough time because you are too busy with life's activities. Anything that takes you away from this time of fellowship with God is sin. Regardless of how much work you have to do, you can find some time to spend with God alone. As a believer, this is your number one prerogative. The Devil will always see to it that we have little or no time to fellowship with God. But we can--and we must--make time for such fellowship. We must put first things first. Back to the Bible. Andrew Bonar a great man of prayer, had three rules related to our discussion of Quiet Time….
When I get up before the beginning of the day to find a quiet place with a quiet heart for a quiet time , I find the Lord instructs me about what I should do with my discretionary time. We waste so much time trying to figure out what we should do next. In reality, the decision ought to have been made early in the day.
And as I do those things, as I come to the end of the day, I realize the sun has indeed stood still. What God gives us to do is doable. Do what our Greater than Joshua did day by day. Before the day begins, find a quiet place and have a quiet time with a quiet heart. Let God direct your day.
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It was in the wilderness that God gave manna to His people. I think about fleshpots and the bread of Egypt; I become restless and troubled. But when I take in the Word, I find what Jeremiah said to be oh, so true. I find it to indeed be the very joy and rejoicing of my heart Jeremiah Max Lucado - Some of us have tried to have a daily quiet time and have not been successful. Others of us have a hard time concentrating.
And all of us are busy. Let them tell us what God is saying. Do you do that with others parts of your life?
And one of those is spending time with God. Grace for the moment: According to a survey conducted by an insurance company, one of every six workers in the US feels too busy to take all the vacation days he or she has earned. A vacation can be good for body and soul. What can we do when we must remain in demanding circumstances?
Psalm 23 paints a beautiful word picture of a caring shepherd, secure sheep, and a tranquil scene of quiet meadows and still waters. But it is the Lord, our shepherd, who gives rest, not the green grass or the flowing stream. Rest is a place of peace that our spirits find in God. There is a place of comfort sweet, Near to the heart of God, A place where we our Savior meet, Near to the heart of God.
Spending quiet time with God will bring quiet rest from God. My friend Mary told me that she had always valued the time she spent fishing with her dad. Not being a fishing aficionado myself, I was curious about what she found so enjoyable. Did you ever think about how much time we spend talking? When we leave the distractions of life behind, we can more easily rest and refocus on God. Are you allowing quiet moments alone with God to be a part of your life? Do you desire for Him to restore your soul? The quiet times we spend with God In solitude and prayer Will strengthen and restore our souls And help us sense His care.
Quiet times with God store up power for future emergencies. Many people rarely go anywhere without a cell phone, iPod, laptop, or pager. We have become accessible 24 hours a day. Some psychologists see this craving to stay connected as an addiction. Yet a growing number of people are deliberately limiting their use of technology. Many followers of Christ find that a daily time of Bible reading and prayer is essential in their walk of faith. They speak of our communion with God whereby He restores our souls and leads us in His paths v. All of us can make time to meet with God, but do we?
Start with a brief prayer for guidance, then read the Bible for a few minutes, and close with a short time of prayer that includes adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication for others. Time spent with God is time well spent. One day I was in trouble and oppressed about many things. It was one of those days when everything seems to go wrong.
I was trying to get my Quiet time but was constantly interrupted. That is the opinion of many. And this suggestion fits in splendidly with many Psalms, such as Psalm 7: There is need in our lives for frequent rest pauses. The daily quiet time is such an one. The blessed Lord's Day is another. Whilst there is no music in a rest, the making of music is in them, and without them there could not be much harmony.
Is that why there seems discord in so many lives? Exactly what is involved in walking in the Spirit? Actually it is not as complicated and impractical as some tend to think. First, you start the day in prayer. You confess all known sin in your life; this makes you a clean vessel and therefore usable by God. You spend time in praise and worship; this gets your soul in tune.
You turn over control of your life to Him; this makes you available for the Lord to live His life through you. Next, you spend time feeding on the Word of God. And you may also receive some specific indication of His will for you in your present circumstances. After your quiet time, you do the things that your hands find to do. Ordinarily they will be the prosaic, routine, mundane duties of life. This is where a lot of people have wrong ideas.
They think that walking in the Spirit is foreign to the world of aprons and overalls. Throughout the day you confess and forsake sin as soon as you are aware of it. You praise the Lord as His blessings come to mind. You obey every impulse to do good, and refuse every temptation to evil. Then you take what comes to you during the day as being His will for you. Interruptions become opportunities to minister. Disappointments become His appointments. Phone calls, letters, visitors are seen as part of His plan. Cultivate the habit all through the day, of joyfully depending upon and obeying Him, expecting Him to guide, to enlighten, to reprove, to teach, to use, and to do in and with you what He wills.
Count upon His working as a fact, altogether apart from sight or feeling. Only let us believe in and obey the Holy Spirit as the Ruler of our lives, and cease from the burden of trying to manage ourselves; then shall the fruit of the Spirit appear in us, as He wills, to the glory of God. And then there is the quiet hour. During that twenty minutes every young lady is expected to be in her room; there is to be no passing through the halls; there is to be no life of conversation, no laughter. What the young lady does in her room is between herself, her own conscience, and her God.
She may read, she may study, she may pray, she may think, she may do what she likes; only she must not disturb other pupils in other rooms. For twenty minutes a quiet time. We ought to have our quiet hour; at least, we will say, our quiet quarter of an hour. Our ability to trounce temptation is in direct proportion to our fellowship with Christ. If we're walking with the Lord each day, having our daily quiet time, memorizing His Word, praying without ceasing, and enjoying unbroken fellowship with Christ —if we are abiding in Him—temptation will lose much of its power.
There's no temptation to which we're immune; but there's no temptation over which Jesus isn't victorious. So when the devil knocks, let Christ open the door. The heart is deceitful. Commune with it, find out its motives, search into its desires, and cross-question its purposes. In the solitude of the bed-chamber, and in the stillness of the night, there is a favourable opportunity of finding out the true character of our own hearts. The bed and the heart are fields in which many startling discoveries have been made, many great battles fought, and many victories lost and won—bloodless battles, whose issues reach away into the depths of eternity.
Without - One of the castaways on the TV phenomenon "Survivor" was a year-old youth ministries major from Seattle Pacific University. With 15 others marooned on a deserted island in Malaysia, Dirk Been wanted to be the lone survivor and winner of one million dollars. The "lone" part was the problem.
When advised that each contestant could bring one "luxury" item to the remote island in the South China Sea, Dirk took his Bible. Being forced to eat beetle larvae was not the most difficult ordeal Dirk faced. The hardest aspect of being stranded was having no one around who shared his beliefs. The spiritual isolation was tortuous. The day before he left for the island, about 70 members of his church in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, gathered around him to pray for his health and safety.
Even though I was alone and lonely as the sole Christian on the island, I felt the presence of the Lord in incredible ways. Sip and Savor - I reached into the cupboard for a mug, filled it with water, then popped it into the microwave. After the water was piping hot, I mixed in a packet of hot chocolate and carried it up to the room where I have my quiet time. I sat on the couch with my Bible and sipped the hot liquid, savoring each swallow.
Then it dawned on me that what I was doing with my morning hot chocolate was exactly what I should do with the Word of God. As I drank my hot chocolate, it becomes a part of me. So should I be with God's word. I should sip and savor, be warmed and fed. Postmodern Faith - What we have left is a Christianity of tips and techniques: It does not take your breath away, and if Christianity does not take your breath away, something else will When you live in a Christianity of tips and techniques, you trivialize sin.
Sin is something external. It's running stop signs. It's drinking too much. But God calls sin adultery of the heart. It is what you give your heart away to other than the heart of God. I have found if I don't have my quiet time each morning, I tend to lose my temper over insignificant things. Recently, my son, Andrew, reminded me of the need for daily prayer. He had accidentally spilled his drink and I went into a tirade.
Andrew ended my harsh words when he quietly asked, "Mom, did you forget to ask Jesus to help you be nice today? We learned that if the climate is right, sheep can go for a long time without actually drinking water because of the heavy dews. When the grass is sopping wet, the sheep take in their needed moisture with their nutrition. In the early morning we graze in the sweet pasturage of the Word of God covered with the watery dew of the Holy Spirit.
Something I Should Know? During a concert, singer-songwriter David Wilcox responded to a question from the audience about how he composes songs. He said there are three aspects to his process: After feeding 5, people with five loaves of bread and two fish, He sent His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee by boat while He dismissed the crowd Matt. If the Lord Jesus saw the need to be alone with His Father, how much more do we need a daily time of solitude to pour out our hearts to God, ponder His Word, and prepare to follow His directions. A quiet room—anywhere we can focus on the Lord without distractions.
An empty page—a receptive mind, a blank sheet of paper, a willingness to listen. Is there something I should know? From that quiet hillside, Jesus descended into a violent storm, knowing exactly what His Father wanted Him to do vv. Taking time to be with God is the best place to find strength.
The alarm clock goes off. Too early, it seems. But you have a long day ahead. You have work to do, appointments to keep, people to care for, or all this and more. Well, you are not alone. Each day, many of us rush from one matter to another. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. The Nobel Prize is awarded annually to people in a variety of fields who have made an extraordinary impact. Leaders in economics, physics, literature, medicine, and peace are recognized for their contributions. When a person is acknowledged with a Nobel Prize, it is the ultimate affirmation of years of training, effort, education, and sacrifice in pursuit of excellence—investments that are the source of their impact.
If we want to make an extraordinary impact for Jesus Christ, what must we invest in? Training and education are valuable in the service of the Savior, but nothing can replace time spent in His presence. He is the source of whatever spiritual impact we might have on our world. How much time have you been spending with Jesus—your source of impact? In the secret of His presence How my soul delights to hide! To master this life, spend time with the Master. Every so often, my computer becomes sluggish.
Frequent use of certain programs and documents causes pieces of information to become scattered, requiring my computer to search for the pieces before I can use them. To fix it, I need to run a program that retrieves the pieces and groups them together where they are easily accessible.
Like my computer, my life gets fragmented. Demands from every direction bombard me. Soon I begin to feel weary and useless. Recently I attended a retreat where one of the handouts included a prayer with words that expressed how I felt: King David also went through such times Ps. In prayer, David presented his needs to God morning, noon, and evening, confident that he would be heard v. Prayer can help to defragment our lives.
When we cast our cares on the Lord, He will show us what we need to do and what only He can do. O Lord, we bring our restless hearts To You in fervent prayer; Now help us wait expectantly While resting in Your care. We need prayer the most when we have the least time to pray.
My eyes fluttered open, but the room was still dark. It was too early to get up. I sighed, adjusted my pillow, and hoped for sleep. Unfortunately, a lengthy to-do list bombarded my brain. The writer of Psalm was no stranger to this experience. He concentrated on Scripture rather than his concerns. Select a passage and mull it over. I find it fascinating to consider the pull of the moon on our great oceans, which creates high and low tides. Sometimes in our busy schedules we may feel pulled in different directions by competing responsibilities.
Returning from a traveling ministry in teams of two, the Twelve reported the wonderful things that God had done through them Mark 6: What responsibilities are pulling on you today? It is certainly acceptable to plan some rest and relaxation time to rejuvenate your body and soul for more fruitful service to others. Jesus advised it, and we all need it. He will meet you there. My Shepherd is the Lord Who knows my needs, and I am blest; By quiet streams, in pastures green, He leads and makes me rest. Many believers long to spend daily time with God, praying and reading His Word.
Ironically, they are often distracted by a busy schedule. Frustrations mount as busyness seems to crowd out an opening in their schedule. Oswald Chambers has wisely commented on the transforming power of even 5 minutes in the presence of the Lord. Sometimes our days are filled with busy demands that crowd out time spent in listening to and responding to God.
If you are having trouble establishing a time with God, you could start with just 5 minutes and see where it leads. Our God longs to meet with us and show His power in our lives. I stumble with my words at times but am in awe of You. Thank You that You want to hear from me. When I helped our daughters learn to drive, I included a little instruction on basic auto maintenance. We visited a local service station where they learned to check the oil every time they put fuel in the car. Maintenance is also important in our spiritual lives.
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Taking time each day to read the Bible, pray, and listen to God is a key element in avoiding a breakdown. In the following verses he poured out his heart in praise, thanksgiving, and requests to God. Many people find it essential to begin every day with the Lord. Others spend time reading and praying at different times of the day. Give me a strong desire, O Lord, to look into Your Word each day. Help me hide it in my heart so that I might not stray from Your truth.
Feed me and teach me about Yourself and Your will for me. We walk 60 feet in But regardless of where you live, the study shows that walking speeds have increased by an average of 10 percent in the past 20 years. And if walking speed is any indicator for the pace of life, we are certainly much busier than before. Are you caught up in the frenzy of a busy life? Martha had allowed the necessary to get out of proportion. Jesus longs for our fellowship even more than we long for His.
Crumbs of Time - A friend was coming to town. He is a very busy man and his schedule was tight, but after a difficult day in important meetings, he managed to see my family for half an hour for a quick and late dinner. Daniel was a busy man. However, he had developed the habit of spending time with God—praying three times a day, praising God, and thanking Him. This routine helped him develop a strong faith that did not waver when he faced persecution Dan. God desires a relationship with us.
In the morning we can invite Him into our day, and then we can praise Him and ask Him for His help throughout the day. At other times we can treasure some time alone with Him and reflect on His faithfulness. As we spend time with God in prayer and in His Word, we grow in our relationship with Him and learn to become more and more like Him.
As time with God becomes a priority, we enjoy His company more and more. He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Are you so rushed during the day that you find it hard to take even a few minutes to spend with God? Many people set aside time in the early morning before they get caught up in the hectic pace of the day.
I read about a very busy man who somehow manages to find time for giving the day a spiritual jump-start. Flip your tongue up inside your mouth, then under, then sideways from ear to ear 4. Loosen your jaw by letting it drop and move it around 5. Loosen those lips by blowing air just as if you are blowing out your birthday candles 6. Repeat these tongue twisters 3 times quickly, or any others you know that use the lips and tongue: Do these actions 3 times: Repeat this pattern 3 times: With your fingers give your face a gentle massage End by saying with enthusiasm and a sharp attack on the beginning and end of each word:.
Use this quick warm-up every day just after you brush your teeth in the morning, and it will be a sure kick-start to energize your day. Did you find this article helpful? Need a professional radio voice for your recording, or further training guides on improving your speech, go to http: Here are 10 essential Quick Tips that you can do about a 1 minute: End by saying with enthusiasm and a sharp attack on the beginning and end of each word: