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How To Have A Quiet Time With God

How To Have A Quiet Time With God

Have you ever felt the need to get off by yourself and get away from all the craziness going on? This happens to all of us. So that we don’t lose ourselves to the fast-paced life swirling around us,  it is so important to learn how to have a quiet time with God as often as possible.

These Scriptures are a reminder of why we benefit from a quiet time with the Lord:

Mark 1:35 Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left [the house], and went out to a secluded place, and was praying there. 

Lamentations 3:40-41Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord; Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven.” 

Psalm 139:24  “And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” 

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

Learning to do a Quiet Time with God

I learned the most valuable lesson regarding my walk with the Lord when I attended a youth conference as a youth leader. Though I had been serving the Lord, loving Him dearly, I had never heard about “quiet times”, which seems so ludicrous now, even as I am writing this. 

I was reading my Bible, praying, doing lots of Spiritual things, but learning how to do a quiet time with God revolutionized my life. This should be a regular part of every day. (A quiet time is time set apart every day–to hear the Lord, to seek Him, to read and study His Word, to worship, and to enjoy the benefits of a relationship with Him.) These are dangerous times. We must hear Him and walk in a close personal bond with Him.  

 Discipline Yourself

1 Timothy 4:1-7 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer. If you point out these instructions to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished [through study] on the words of the faith and of the good [Christian] doctrine which you have closely followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore and silly myths. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. 

Prayer and Confession About a Quiet Time:

Prayer:  Father, may we never depart from the faith. Sanctify us by Your Word and prayer. May Your Word constantly nourish us. Help us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness remaining spiritually fit. Help me to make it a priority to learn how to have a quiet time with God, my loving Father. 

Confession: I will never depart from the faith. I will discipline myself for godliness and remain spiritually fit.  

Do You Believe That Jesus Is Our Advocate?

Jesus  is Our Advocate

Sometimes when we examine ourselves, Jesus Is Our Advocatewe forget the truth that Jesus is our advocate. On our behalf, He did not leave us as orphans but sent His Spirit to live within us as our advocate. Holy Spirit within us can sift through us very quickly meeting our deepest needs. We were blessed with this internal monitor once we gave our hearts to Christ and welcomed His Spirit to fill us. Jesus is our advocate!

Scriptures to Review:

John 14:26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 

Romans 8:9-17 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

 Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” 

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heardAnd which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.  For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things [diligently], even [sounding and measuring] the [profound] depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding]. For what person knows the thoughts and motives of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So also no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” 

Jesus is Our Advocate by His Spirit Within Us

We are God’s very own children and heirs with Christ. What a comfort to know His Spirit helps us in any weakness! His Spirit also makes intercession for us. He is able to search our hearts and our minds drawing us to the perfect will of Yahweh, our Creator!  

Prayer

Father, help us to remember we are Spirit beings living in a body. Thank you for Your Spirit living within us bearing witness that we are truly children of Yours and joint heirs with Christ. As we examine ourselves, let us rely on Your Spirit and not on our flesh to create in us clean hearts acceptable to You. May we remember Jesus is our advocate in all things.

Confession: Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I am an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ. Holy Spirit makes intercession on my behalf according to the will of God! Jesus is our advocate!

Purify My Heart Is A Cry The Lord Will Answer

Purify My Heart

Yeshua is our refining fire. We call out to Him, “Purify My Heart” and He answers!He has completely sanctified us through His sacrificial blood.

Scriptures to Help

2 Timothy 2:2:19-21 “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 

Zechariah 13:9 “And I will bring the third part through the fireRefine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will listen and answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.”  

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah 

Purify My Heart Testimony

 When I first heard the song below, it did something deep within my heart. For some reason I couldn’t let go of these words. I had always loved the scripture, Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

This always seemed unattainable to me. However, His Word tells us it is surely possible. I sang this song on my honeymoon overlooking a ridge by the ocean in Hawaii where new construction was beginning. Because of God’s goodness, He brought me back to the same location when we revisited Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary as we stayed in the completed hotel! What an overwhelming blessing! God sees each of us and daily desires to load us with benefits like this! 

Let us spend some time singing or reading this song today as we prepare for 5780 to be everything He created it to be. He wants us to receive every blessing. In fact, He wants His blessings to overtake us!  

Refiner’s Fire 

 Purify my heartLet me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart Let me be as gold, pure gold
Refiner’s fire, My heart’s one desire
Is to be holy, Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy, Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will, Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within, And make me holy
Purify my heartCleanse me from my sinDeep within 

Embrace The Truth of Reigning In Life Through Christ

Reigning In Life Through Christ

The ten days after the Feast of Trumpets are called the “Days of Awe” and this is a great time to learn about reigning in life through Christ Jesus. I believe one of the coolest things about God is His mercy. He is reigning in lifealways giving us a new beginning. Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Take these 10 days to draw closer to God. Not only do we get a new beginning, but we also get 10 days to prepare to enter into the fullness of this new beginning. Let’s begin by remembering who we are.

In the book of Esther we read about her preparation to wear her crown. This period was called “days of purification”. In God’s calendar He provides a time to purify ourselves as we enter into the promised blessings of this fresh New Year. Prepare to receive, straighten, or enhance your very own crown! By Faith in Him, we get to wear a crown, which makes us royalty so we start reigning in life as Christians! Can we truly access this and act accordingly? We must let it sink in, God has given us a crown.

Basically this means that we cannot settle for a small measure of faith because we will not be able to walk out the truth of this portion of our identity. It takes more than “little faith” to take dominion over our circumstances and to do the works of God’s hands. The Lord has big shoes for us to step into.

We, the Church, are supposed to be pushing back all of the darkness that we encounter. Many of us do not get there even though our crown signifies our ruling and authority. We must rule as Kings and Queens over all the power of the enemy.

Let us ask this question: What would make us good Kings/Rulers? Those who sit back passively seeking their own pleasure? Or those who take action, attempting to right the wrongs that are present? Are we willing to step into His Kingly calling? I know we are equipped and able!

Reigning  in Life Scriptures

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 2:6-7 “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him or the son of man that thou visit him? Thou made him a little lower than the angels; thou crowned him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:”

Prayer: Thank you for Your mercy. Father, as I purify and prepare for more of You and Your fullness; help me to grow in wisdom about the crown I am supposed to be wearing as Your child and the authority I have through Yeshua’s sacrifice and victory. May my faith rise! Help me to step into my Kingly calling!

Confession:  I am reigning in life through Christ. He has crowned me with glory!

God’s New Year And The Christian Journey

God’s New Year

Did you know that God has His very own calendar and there is a specific date for God’s New Year? And sorry folks, it is not January 1st. This festival celebration marks the beginning of the Hebrew Civil New Year, the 1st day of the month Tishri. God's New yearCelebrating God’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is so fundamentally different then celebrating the typical New Year we have been used to. Even though I believe God loves to give us new beginnings and uses the Roman calendar for us as well, I have found entering into a new year created by our Creator is monumental. Aligning with His calendar is simply the best thing we can do!

Leviticus 23:23-25 ”And the Lord said to Moses, Say to the Israelites, On the first day of the seventh month [almost October], you shall observe a day of solemn [sabbatical] rest, a memorial day announced by blowing of trumpets, a holy [called] assembly. You shall do no servile work on it, but you shall present an offering made by fire to the Lord.”

There are many ways we like to celebrate God’s New Year which is indeed a very special time.  We like to blow the shofar to begin this holiday.  This is the Lord’s New Year, so making and sending greeting cards is a wonderful way to give blessings out to friends and family.  We have fun eating apples and honey cake to remember the goodness of God.

Honey is a reminder of hope for a sweet future! This is one recipe from “My Jewish Cookbook” you can enjoy on this great first day of God’s New Year. If you want to download the entire cookbook go to  http://familylifewinners.com/gods-calendar-cookbook or our Facebook page-“A Royal Invitation from God”.

Honey Cake

2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 eggs

3/4 cup honey 1 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil 1 cup hazelnut coffee (cooled)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease the pan.  Cut the wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan and put it in.  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, 35-40 strokes.  Set aside.  Beat eggs till foamy.  Add honey, sugar, coffee, and oil to the eggs while continuing to mix.  Add flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Bake in 13 X 9 pan for 35 – 45 minutes, or till a toothpick comes out dry when poked into the center.

Prayer: Father, I give you the first day of Your new year and every day proceeding to do with me as You will. Help me to hear, hearken, and follow You daily. Thank you for aligning me with Your very own calendar. Alert me to any way I need to shift to truly bring You glory.

Confession: As I celebrate God’s New Year, may it be filled with the sweetness and goodness of My Lord!  Psalm 17:5 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”

5780 Devotional Calendar

The Biblical Months Calendar Devotional of 5780 (2019-2020)

Click the links below for each corresponding devotional entry:

Tishri 1, 5780 ( Sept. 30, 2019)       Tishri 2, 5780 ( Oct. 1, 2019)

Tishri 3, 5780 ( Oct. 2, 2019)      Tishri 4, 5780 ( Oct. 3, 2019)

Tishri 5, 5780 ( Oct. 4, 2019)      Tishri 6, 5780 ( Oct. 5, 2019)

Tishri 7, 5780 ( Oct. 6, 2019)      Tishri 8, 5780 ( Oct. 7, 2019)

Tishri 9, 5780 ( Oct. 8, 2019)      Tishri 10, 5780 ( Oct. 9, 2019)

Tishri 11, 5780 ( Oct. 10, 2019)      Tishri 12, 5780 ( Oct. 11, 2019)

Tishri 13, 5780 ( Oct. 12, 2019)      Tishri 14, 5780 ( Oct. 13, 2019)

Tishri 15, 5780 ( Oct. 14, 2019)      Tishri 16, 5780 ( Oct. 15, 2019)

Tishri 17, 5780 ( Oct. 16, 2019)      Tishri 18, 5780 ( Oct. 17, 2019)

Tishri 19, 5780 ( Oct. 18, 2019)      Tishri 20, 5780 ( Oct. 19, 2019)

Tishri 21, 5780 ( Oct. 20, 2019)      Tishri 22, 5780 ( Oct. 21, 2019)

Tishri 23, 5780 ( Oct. 22, 2019)      Tishri 24, 5780 ( Oct. 23, 2019)

Tishri 25, 5780 ( Oct. 24, 2019)      Tishri 26, 5780 ( Oct. 25, 2019)

Tishri 27, 5780 ( Oct. 26, 2019)      Tishri 28, 5780 ( Oct. 27, 2019)

Tishri 29, 5780 ( Oct. 28, 2019)      Tishri 30, 5780 ( Oct. 29, 2019)

Cheshvan 1, 5780 (Oct. 30, 2019) Cheshvan 2, 5780 (Oct. 31, 2019)

 

 

Devotional Av 9, 5780 – 7 Day Praise Focus, Day 7

The following devotional entry will be the last one based on Glory of Zion’s 7 Day Praise Focus which was released towards the end of Av last year and addressed a prophetic word given related to “removing all offenses”.

Our prayer is that these following entries will help us to” develop a disciplined life of praise so the Lord enthrones Himself in our midst”.

DAY 7 (AM): Read Isaiah 12. Numbers 21:10-18. “Praise breaks open your wells of salvation. Praise is the cure for dryness. Receive a renewed spirit!”

There is a well of “life” in each of us that is ready to gush forth the glory and grace and authority and anointing of our Savior. Our Praise keeps that well primed.

DAY 7 (PM): Read Jeremiah 42:7. The Word of the Lord comes to us. Expect it. “Declare that new revelation, strategy and plans for your future are being released from the throne room of Yeshua. Praise Him in advance for these manifestations”.

We need divine direction every day. Without it, we are operating as mere men and women. Why would we settle for this when we have the boundless wisdom of the Lord available to us. Praise Him and be ready to receive.

Devotional Av 8, 5780 – 7 Day Praise Focus, Day 6

The following 2 devotional entries will be based on Glory of Zion’s 7 Day Praise Focus which was released towards the end of Av last year and addressed a prophetic word given related to “removing all offenses”.

Our prayer is that these following entries will help us to” develop a disciplined life of praise so the Lord enthrones Himself in our midst”.

DAY 6: Read Psalm 9. Be willing to share with others how the Lord has touched and changed our lives and made Himself known to us. Declare it is time to break out of any insecurity and into boldness.

We love to share god news with people, hopefully more than the bad news. The times and the ways that Yeshua has touched our lives can be a great encouragement and a message of hope to others.

Be prepared to share a story of how Christ brought restoration or healing or provision.

Devotional Av 7, 5780 – 7 Day Praise Focus, Day 5

The following 3 devotional entries will be based on Glory of Zion’s 7 Day Praise Focus which was released towards the end of Av last year and addressed a prophetic word given related to “removing all offenses”.

Our prayer is that these following entries will help us to” develop a disciplined life of praise so the Lord enthrones Himself in our midst”.

DAY 5: Read Acts 16:16-34. Praise Yahweh our Deliverer and watch our prison doors open. “Watch salvation come to those around us who are imprisoned”.

The Great I Am delivered the Israelites out of their bondage in Egypt. The praise of Paul and Silas miraculously opened their prison doors and loosed their chains, which also served as a testimony to the others prisoners and the warden. We have been delivered out of the hand of the enemy and our bondage through the blood of Yeshua.

We have so much to be thankful for. We do not have to be at the mercy of our enemy. We are free! Praise the Lord!

Devotional Av 6, 5780 – 7 Day Praise Focus, Day 4

The following 4 devotional entries will be based on Glory of Zion’s 7 Day Praise Focus which was released towards the end of Av last year and addressed a prophetic word given related to “removing all offenses”.

Our prayer is that these following entries will help us to” develop a disciplined life of praise so the Lord enthrones Himself in our midst”.

Read Philippians 4. Let us give thanks and Praise to our Creator for the ability to establish our minds on Him and giving us access to His thoughts. Are our thoughts lining up with His? “Declare that you will capture each thought you have that is contrary to God’s judgment”.

Too many of us fall prey to the lie that we can’t dictate the direction our minds take. We we find that we are engaged in stinking thinking, we have the ability to do something about it.

The effort we have to make is developing the discipline to redirect our thoughts to those things that are true and just and holy, etc. The thoughts we choose to focus on have a huge impact on our lives, and that is why we must allow the cleansing and conforming work of His Holy Word to operate in our minds daily.