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”.

Is God Enough?

The Levites labored for the Lord nearly night and day.  They were in charge of the tabernacle and its service.  To be a Levite was not an easy labor job.  It was often a hard task considering they sacrificed animals daily.  It was not for the weak stomached. 

In the book of Joshua, Joshua is dividing the land for the Israelites inheritance.  One tribe would get one place, another would get another piece of choice land.  What did the Levites inherit?  Nothing physical!

Here these great men, served the Lord daily and administered the rites of worship, yet they inherited nothing…well, nothing but GOD!

Joshua 13:33 records, “But to the tribe of Levi Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance, as He had said to them.”

The Levites had no inheritance but God Himself!  I believe God is enough for them and for us!  So often, we think in terms of a temporal blessing or inheritance.  I would rather have God Himself than a piece of land!  God is more than enough.

So, what do you long for?
Are you in a pursuit for more?

Chasing dreams and buying possessions
Even climbing the ladder of your profession

What is it you live for?
Is it this constant pursuit of more?

Not more of God, but more things
Filling our treasures for that is our dream

Why do we do this? Why do we pursue?
The wrong things daily, that won’t satisfy you.

A little of this, a little of that
So people will envy the place you are at

Is it stuff we are after or the position we can have?
Is it prestige we long for and the recognition we can grab?

In light of eternity, does this really matter?
When life is over, can we take it to the hereafter?

Is it the temporal things that we truly love?
Or would you say, “that God Himself is enough?”

-Danny Cheney-


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Simple Prayer

In my devotional reading, I stumbled upon a great verse in Psalms.  It is a simple prayer that David prayed in the midst of his declaration.  Psalm 68 is a psalm of praise to God.  It declares God’s provision of deliverance and victory.  It is an offering of worship for an all-powerful God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or even imagine. 

As David recounts God’s power and justice, he prays, “Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past..”  (Psalm 68:28 NLT)

I like that wording, “summons your might”.  A summons is a calling by an authority to show something.  The Psalmist prays, “God You have the authority to summons, show us your power.”  As I read that portion of Psalm 68 I couldn’t help but think about how powerful a simple prayer can be.  “Summons your power, the power by which you have worked for us.”  David was praying, “Lord, show us your power, the power, you have worked so many times before.”

This ought to be the cry of our heart.  A cry for God to reveal Himself in the power of the early church.  The power that is revealed in the words of the Holy Scriptures.  My prayer is as David’s, “O God, we need your power.  You have worked it before, work it again.”


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Life Begins

Last week, I visited my parents in Houston. One afternoon, my mom showed me an old loose-leaf notebook with recipes in it. It was a small black notebook that held recipes from my grandparents. Seemingly out of place was a quote from the great poet, Tennyson and a hand-written page containing, what I am assuming was thought from my grandfather.

On this page, written in red ink, he expounded on where life begins. It resonated with me, because it was as if it was written just for me. He has been gone a long time and I am not sure when this was written, but it was certainly for me in 2022. (Maybe it is written for you as well)


Life Begins

Of all the stupid, silly, useless, inexcusable habits – Regret is the tops.

Check up on yourself sometime and you’ll be astonished how much time is wasted in trying or wishing to undo something that is all finished beyond recall.

Regret is an enemy, and a very persistent one, as well as, a great time consumer.

Regret is useless – you can’t make things unhappen.

The only thing that binds you to an unhappy or unfortunate past is your own regret. Nobody else is going to care much about it.

The past is a closed chapter. The future is full of opportunities and possibilities, no matter whether you are forty or eighty.

Life begins at the very moment you cease to live in the past.


This is a challenge to all of us. The choices we have made in the past, are in the past. You cannot undo bad choices, but you can make a decision to make good choices in the future.

Philippians 3:13-14, “13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” CSB

If you are always looking back, you will never see what is ahead. Press on. Move forward. Let go of regrets and live.


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The Mask

I have shared this before, but as I continue to watch the lives of hurting people, it is more relevant today than ever. Most of us have a mask we wear. Hiding what is really lying on the inside of our hearts. To be free, we must remove the mask and the only way we can be free is through Jesus Christ. He heals what is behind the masks we wear.

I read this poem on Sunday. I pray it ministers to you today and causes you to think. Let Jesus have all the pain you are carrying on the inside. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.

The Mask
Please don’t ask
What’s behind the veil
No one can really tell

What am I hiding?
Why am I crying?
What is it that I cannot tell?
The Mask
Please don’t ask

What I am covering up?
Why I have had enough
Enough of the pain
Why is it always the same?
My sin holds me down
In it I am going to drown

The Mask
Since you had to ask
Shows me all smile
When behind it all the while
Is my hurt, my toil, my shame
On the inside is nothing but pain

The Mask
Please don’t ask
I can’t take it off
It’s all my fault
I drowned my pain with sin
I can’t get free within
The Mask

The Mask
It only hides the void in my soul
I need someone else to take control
Is there a savior? is there a God?
Who on my soul will not trod?
But take my pain, take my hurt
Take my sin and give me some worth

The Mask
Jesus I ask
Take my life, take all of me
Heal my pain so I can finally see
This person behind the mask

-Danny Cheney-


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Resolutions That Should Never Expire

Of course, it is the first day of 2022 and I know we are all thinking about the resolutions we should be making for the new year. I believe, however, that resolutions are outdated, and we would be better off forming new habits.

I have always heard it said, “New Year, New You”, but honestly, you are the only you that you will ever have. My goal should not be a new me, but a better me. In studying for my first sermon of 2022, I came across a list of perpetual new year’s resolutions that will make all of us better people. To be frank, these are not a pick and choose list of resolutions. Every one of these should be a must in our lives. No options. Our world would be a better place if we all would all just follow these ideas for a better you, and a better me.

PERPETUAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge and replace it with some pleasant memories.

Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.

Give a soft answer.

Free yourself of envy and malice.

Make a geniuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.

Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the lip. Words that you have to eat can be hard to digest.

Find the time to be kind and thoughful. All of us have the same allotment: 24 hours a day.

Give a compliment. It might give someone a badly needed lift.

Think things through.

Listen more.

Apologize when you realize you are wrong. An apology never diminishes a person. It elevates him.

Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own. Few things are 100 percent one way or another.

Lighten up. When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter in a week from today?”.

Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.

Don’t discourage a beginner from trying something risky. Nothing ventured means nothing gained.

Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you”. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.

(SOURCE: Ann Landers, as quoted on Pastors.com, http://www.cse.fau.edu/~mahesh/quotes/newyear.html.)

There you have it. Let’s all make the world a better place in 2022. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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