Dear Fellow Believer,
Recently, while communicating with a dear lady in New Zealand, the subject of consistency came up. Would you describe yourself as consistent? Maybe only consistent in certain areas? Is your sink always empty of dishes, but you rarely dust? (that would be me!) What about spending consistent time in Gods' Word and in prayer? One of the best ways to hear from the Holy Spirit is to be filled up with God's Word. What do you think is the greatest hindrance to being consistent? Being busy? Being lazy? Being overworked? Being tired? No! It is making grand plans and declarations that are too big to actually follow through on that commitment! It is "biting off more than you can chew"!
How many scriptures could your reasonably read daily? Think for a moment about your worst day. How many scriptures could you read on that day? Three? Only two? Do you think that if you can't read a whole chapter you are wasting your time? But by consistently reading just 3 scriptures a day you will have put 1095+ scriptures in your heart! And that's almost 1100 more than you would have if you weren't consistent. So commit for this coming year of 2020 to stop, grab your Bible, go to a quiet place, BREATHE, and read. Then move on, knowing you have done what you committed to do, and that is an accomplishment! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 I love that scripture! That Word is used by the Holy Spirit to guide you away from that sin and give you strength to resist the temptations of life.
The Holy Spirit wasn't sent to us to put on a show. He is our guide and our helper. He reminds us of God's Word in times of trouble and when we need answers and direction. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you...I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:16-17, 25-26.
If you needed to dig a big hole, but only had the time and strength to dig one shovel full every day, you can still accomplish your goal by being consistent. So, no boasting or overwhelming commitments. Just be consistent with a little goal and grow in His Word and assignments in your life. His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Matthew 25:23
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