While working through Lysa Terkeurst new Bible study, Finding I Am, I discovered a fresh revelation from a familiar scripture. You know, it has happened to you. You have read a particular story many times but never noticed a word or sentence and wondered when it was added; only to realize it was there all along. This is how you know God’s word is living and active. He keeps it fresh to those who seek Him. He reveals himself anew to those who are searching.
In John 21:15-17, we tend to focus on the age old question Jesus asked Peter three times, do you love Me? All three times, Peter responds, You know that I love you. But the first time Jesus asked, he tagged on, more than these?
I never noticed, “do you love Me more than these?” The question pierced my heart when I read it. I thought what are my these? What are your these?
Your “these” can vary from your families, friends, careers, and so on…You fill in the _______.
Our “these” are anything that takes the place of God in your life. Our ”these” can be good and necessary things, but somehow they become the priority.
When God wants us to fully focus on Him then He will take care of the “these”. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
When your focus is clouded by the world’s standards, desires, and demands, it may be time to re-prioritize.
But you ask, how do I re-prioritize when habits have set in?
It starts with discipline to make a change and stick with it.
Blessed is the man that delights in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. (Ps.1:2)
I recently heard a Pastor make this statement, “Discipline drives delight.”
It may not be easy at first, but the more you read His word the more you desire His ways and trust Him with your “these”.
Techniques to keepin’ it fresh.
- Journal your thoughts to God
Write God a love letter and share your thoughts, disappointments, desires and love for Him.
2. Talk to God First
Wake up in the morning and challenge yourself to pray first thing. Before you talk to anyone else talk to God first. Here’s a bonus challenge: before checking social media or texting anyone read a Bible verse first.
3. Talk to God Frequently
Make prayer a daily thing. Make it conversational. This can be one of the hardest things to do, but over time it’ll become second nature.
4. Read the Bible
Discipline yourself to read your Bible. Reading God’s word helps you feel closer to God and will guide your day. Ask Him to open your mind to understand the scriptures (Luke 24:45)
5. Meditate on His Word
After you read your Bible, think on what it means to you and how you can apply it to your life. Quiz yourself throughout the day to remember the scripture you read.
Keeping God first should be our number one priority and the hallmark for others to see the importance of HIM in your life.
Journeying with Him,