4 things that should be in every believer’s routine

| November 22, 2013

Walking with God is certainly not about following a prescribed list of steps. However, more often than not, what usually happens when we do not discipline ourselves is that we end up allowing every other thing in our lives take priority over our time until our focus on God becomes just an after-thought usually before we sleep every night.

Personally, I believe that if we disciplined ourselves to include these things in our routines, it will help us to keep our perspective in the spirit rather than to look at the things we do everyday through fleshly eyes.

1. Commit the day to the Lord and ask for wisdom to walk in His plans for the day.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
– Mt 6:33

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
– Ps 37:5,6

The importance of this step cannot be overstated. We as humans need constant reminders that all that we do is for the Lord’s kingdom. And as seen in Matthew 6:33, we are to seek FIRST his kingdom. Thus, when we commit the day to the Lord before we start work, we are effectively obeying what the Lord is telling us to do. More than that, it reminds us that we need to walk in accordance to the spirit’s guidance for the day. When we start the day with such a consciousness of the Spirit, it helps us to realign all that we see and do for the day. This step doesn’t have to be long, but it should be focused and taken seriously and not just simply paying lip service to God.

2. Meditate and memorize a portion of Scriptures throughout the day.

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;
meditate on it day and night,
so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

I’ve written about the importance of this step before in my post: When was the last time you memorized a new Scripture verse?. The conclusion is this, if you want to be successful and prosperous in all you do, you must meditate on God’s Word. There is just no two way about it. If you havn’t yet implemented meditation of Scripture into your everyday life, start right now. Find a verse that is relevant to you, memorize it and repeat it in your mind throughout the day.

3. Pray for something other than yourself when saying grace before meals.

I find that many of us tend to take saying grace before meals for granted. It almost seems like a chant or something that we just regurgitate without thinking before we eat. Thus, if we seek to take the time during these periods of prayer to pray for something else bigger than ourselves, it forces us to focus and actually think about what we are praying. This aligns closely to the first step of reminding us to be conscious of seeking His kingdom first in all we do.

4. Devote some time to read the Bible and pray.

Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
– Ps 1:1-3

The Scriptures is laden with the call for us to be obedient to all that God has commanded in His word. And unless we know what is written, there is no way for us to obey. And we also know that God chooses to use the Scriptures to speak to us and we can’t hear from God if we don’t spend time in the Word and seeking Him. Make a pledge to Him to set aside a fixed time everyday, even if it’s only 5 minutes. Stop with the excuses that you cannot fix a specific time to do this and you will do it whenever possible. We both know that it usually seldom happens. Only when you make a commitment and set aside a fixed allocated slot in your day to do it, then it will happen. So stop reading this post and think about a time-slot that works for you everyday and make a commitment to God to read His word during that time. Do it now!

This is not meant to be a legalistic list of things that we must do as Christians. However, I have found that it helps me to be disciplined in my walk with Him when I apply these routines in my life. Everything that happens to me during the day are more easily viewed through the lens of God instead of the lens of my own limited eyes. It also helps me to be more God conscious during the day. I believe that it will help you to walk more closely to His plans for you, during your waking hours.

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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