Your Devotion, whose benefit?

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I lay on my bed yesterday night, trying to ‘motivate’ myself to pray. I wasn’t ready for the guilt I’d feel in the morning if I didn’t pray. Well, I thought to myself, I’d just fulfill all righteousness and pray for a few minutes, killing two birds – tiredness and guilt- with one stone – short prayer.

Many times we think like I did yesterday: like our fellowship with God is a 50/50 symbiotic relationship. We think that when we study our Bible or pray or spend time with God, it’s for His benefit as much as it is for ours. So we see it as a “sin” committed against God and because we don’t want the guilt of sin, we cut corners.

However, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our time with Him doesn’t change Him; it changes us. We are the ones who need something. This causes a change of perspective (and possibly a burst of energy when you know you are doing it for yourself). So if you are finding your devotion hard to do, check your thinking.

Food for thought:

I’m not saying there are not times when we are not genuinely tired but getting your thinking right is one less thing to worry about.

Life nugget:

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

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Google as a Bible Resource

I thought I’d share this tip with you guys. There are times when you need a Bible verse and you only remember some parts of it – you may have it all lumped up in your head. Sometimes, you may not even remember how it’s phrased but you know what you are looking for 🙂

I have found that the Bible application I use on my phone usually doesn’t help me. I guess it’s the way its search feature works. I get tonnes of verses and have to filter and navigate one by one. Maybe you have a different (better) experience.

Well, as always, Google to the rescue…

 

Google

When you find it on Google, you can then go to the verse on your Bible app. This is really valuable especially when praying.

Food for thought:

You need to already know the Scripture (or parts of it) for this to be useful. This comes from study and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Life nugget:

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”