Daily Disciplines

What do you do every day?  What are your habits?

Forgive me for being so personal but, evaluate your day.  What are you doing with it? 

Many of us have routines in our lives that we do not even notice.  Often, they are routines that we could do without.  There are things we need to do that we don’t do and things that we don’t need to do that we do. 

I heard a statement recently that I cannot get out of my mind.  It has pierced me to the very core of my heart.  It said, “What you do daily determines what you will become permanently.”  So again, what do you do with your day?  I am challenged to look into my daily routines and see what my habits are.

Habits are okay for our lives as long as they are the good kinds of habits.  Life controlling substances are not good habits, but spiritual habits are good.  As believers we often find it hard to discipline ourselves in spiritual things.  We find it difficult to “MAKE” time to do the things necessary for us to be sharp spiritually.  It is a decision on the believers part to pray, to read the Word, to witness and serve the Lord.  These should be a daily habit of ours.

The Bible tells us to Redeem the Time and so we should but we must redeem the time for the things of God.  Paul even said that we should keep our minds on  things above.  The way to do these things is to discipline ourselves and form a habit of focusing on the Lord.

In the above statement it said we would become what we do daily.  If I want to have a relationship with God and be known by Him, I must pray daily.  If I want to KNOW Him, I should make habit of reading His Word daily.  The Word is Him.  The Word Is God.  If I want to have His heart, I should be a witness daily, for God’s heart is for the lost.

Often, we make a habit of things that have no eternal value and that is sometimes necessary on our jobs and so forth.  The fact is, however, that we should never forsake the most important habits that are found in the things of God.  Friends, you will become what your daily routine is.  If you do not like your daily routine change it.  Don’t dread the day!  Make God your habit and your hum-drum day will turn into a day of joy and peace.


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The Spirit-Filled Life from my Grandma’s Bible

I found these notes in my Grandma’s old bible:

Joel said, “I will pour our my Spirit on all flesh.”

Sinner’s verse – John 3:16  – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christian’s verse – Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

The believer who is baptized in the Spirit will have or be:

1.  Fruit of the Spirit

2. Sensitive to the Spirit of God

3. A desire for perfection (maturity)

4. Easy to get along with

5. Humble man or woman of God

6. Soul-winner

7. Praising Jesus under every circumstance

8. Walk in humble obedience to the will of God

9. Jesus will be real to you, nearer than any other person

These are the results of a Spirit-filled life.  How do we line up?

Here are another couple of quotes from her Bible:

“People say God stopped His supernatural works in the first century. I’ve never heard anyone say the devil stopped his.”

“Would God expect us to go up against a supernatural enemy (devil) without supernatural weapons to fight him?”


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A Prayer Idea

Here is something we can all try.  In E.M. Bounds book The Complete Book of Prayer, he quotes a gentleman that has a great “tactic” of prayer.  I think it would do our community and world good if we employed something similar.

Sir Thomas Browne wrote, “I purpose to take occasion of praying upon the sight of any church which I may pass, that God may be worshipped there in spirit, and that souls may be saved there; to pray daily for my sick patients and the patients of other physicians; at my entrance into any home to say, “May the peace of God dwell here;” after hearing a sermon, to pray for a blessing on God’s truth…upon the sight of a deformed person, to pray God to give them wholeness of soul, and by an by to give them the beauty of the resurrection.”

We should put these things into practice.  It reminds me of what the Apostle Paul said, “Pray without ceasing”.

Hungry For God

When I have a little free time in the office, I generally take a look back at some things that have impacted my life.  Years ago, my grandfather was in ministry and carried a loose-leaf Bible with sermon notes inside of it.  I enjoy reading through these notes to see if I can glean anything from his words of wisdom.

In his sermon on a passage in Ezekiel, he made an insightful statement that cut me to the heart.  “Remember, if you are hungry, you are healthy.  Hunger is a sign of health and if you have no hunger for God, you are sick.  May God create in us an appetite which only Jesus can satisfy. Down, Christian, down on your knees, if you want the blessing that God will give to you.”

Are you hungry for God?  If you are not hungry your spiritual life is sick.  The only remedy for hunger is to take the path to blessing.  On our knees is the place to find hunger.  On our knees is the place to have our hunger satisfied.

In this life we have so many things competing for our affections. It is hard to keep our hearts hungry for more of God.  If you find yourself in a place where you are not hungry for Him, you need healing from your spiritual sickness.  God will place in you a hunger if you will only ask Him.  May we hunger for the Bread of Life!


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The Mirror

I am pretty sure that most of you who are reading this, have looked in a mirror today. Perhaps to fix your hair, shave, or make sure you look presentable before leaving the house. After all, one of the habits the majority of people have, is looking into the mirror daily.

Just think of where we would be, if we never looked in the mirror. Disheveled hair, overgrown or unmaintained facial hair, a lack of make up for the ladies, or even makeup that doesn’t look right, because who can put on makeup without a mirror? A mirror is important to our lives as it has been for centuries.

A mirror in our bathroom is a habit, but it shouldn’t be our only mirror. In fact, the most important mirror for our lives which should be a daily habit for us, is the Word of God. The Bible is a mirror that we gaze into in order to see how we need to clean up, fix up, or change our heart and lives.

Paul told Timothy that the Word of God corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). In essence, Paul is saying that the Scriptures are a mirror to show us how to live. This is a thought that I have been mulling over for quite some time. I have a daily habit of reading the Bible. It is one of the first things I do in the morning, but if I only read it and never look into it as a mirror, it will not have an effect on my life.

Over the last couple of months, I have been seeking to change my approach to the Word of God from just reading to actually seeking, even more, to allow it to change me in areas I need some work on. I read a chapter of Proverbs every day meaning I read through the book 12 times a year. Believe me, the more I read it, the more I see the things I need to change. One day, I will learn to get my tongue, among other things, under control. 🙂

There are two passages of Scripture that are my starting point. These places in the Bible are the mirror I gaze into that helps me see the many things I need to work on. The first one is a mirror to see how I am loving. Beginning with my wife, then my children, then to everyone else. Looking in this mirror daily helps me keep a constant check on my heart.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wrongedIt does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (I Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)

Go through each of these traits of love every day and it will give you something to work on.

I also look at the Beatitudes to help me check my attitude. I like the way the AMPLIFIED BIBLE words this passage in Matthew 5. It gives a little more clarity to the things that Jesus challenges us to make a part of our lives. Again, these things are a mirror for us to see how we are doing spiritually.

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted]. “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied. “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God. “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God. 10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

If you are like me, there are some of these things that we need to work on. Check this list daily.

I believe every Christian needs to keep a regular tab on their hearts. The only way we can make sure we are living the way Christ intended is by using the Bible as our mirror. Solomon said that we need to guard our hearts, for it is the well spring of life (Proverbs 4). The Psalmist showed us the way that we can guard our hearts; searching it. Search your hearts and see if their is any unpleasing way in there (Psalm 139:23-24). You can start searching by looking in the mirror.


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Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

100 Year Anniversary of the AG

I am grateful to be a part of this great fellowship. For 19 years I have been licensed to preach with the Assemblies of God and I am proud to be an AG minister.

I am a part of this denomination because I believe in it. I believe in what it stands for and what it holds as meaningful to the heart of God. It is evident that God has blessed the Assemblies of God these 100 years. The power of the Holy Spirit is evident in the churches of this great church. 100 years ago, men and women of God decided to start a movement that would be passionate about the Word of God, preaching, missions and the moving of the Spirit.

I, for one, am thankful for their obedience. It was in an Assembly of God church that I surrendered my life to Christ and found His delivering power. It was in this church that I discovered my calling to preach. It was in this movement that I have pastored for 18 years.

The Assemblies of God has been good to me.