WHAT CONVINCED ME TO RENEW MY MORNING DEVOTION

During a global leadership conference (Haggai Leadership Experience), I had this conversation with a fellow participant.

Fellow Participant: “Do you have a structure in your devotion?” (He probably meant a designated time to read the bible and to worship)

Me: (Without a blink, I said) “I don’t have.”

This was not where the above conversation took place. But this is a photo of another meaningful conversation with fellow Haggai Participants. Photo was taken at Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii, USA. Photo courtesy of Brother Junep Ocampo, our resident photo journalist. haha. 🙂

I said “I don’t have”, but what I truly meant is that when I was a new believer, I enjoyed every minute of alone time with Him. Everyday, I would wake up early in the morning and I was always excited to read His word and praise Him. I was looking forward to His new revelations and encouragements.  No one could even make me open the door of my room unless I am done singing praises to Him. Sadly, that was before. 

Somewhere along the way, the busyness of life got me. I became more complacent about my faith, started to trust in my own strength and I just go back to HIM for consultation. Yes, I reduced Jesus to merely being one of my consultants.

Yes, I reduced Jesus to merely being one of my consultants.

I lost that habit of meeting Him and I did not even notice it because everything was doing well in my life.

After coming home from the said conference (Haggai Leader Experience), admittedly, I still did not strictly go back to my former routine of morning devotion.

Blessedly, the organizers of Haggai sent me a recording of a Leadership Class that I missed. And while listening, I learned this:

We may have the office or the position (the position of a leader, a pastor, a speaker, an influencer), but not the anointing. We lose our anointing when we are not connected with our creator. And when we are not anointed, we are not effective.

And when we are not anointed, we are not effective.

In the recorded Leadership Class, the importance of seeking Him DAILY was reiterated.   The facilitator called it “Verdict Continuum” or a “Continuous Decision” of surrendering to Jesus. A believer, when he wakes up EVERY MORNING, apart from being thankful for another day, should say “Here I am Lord, Use Me”. Accordingly, we must have that continuous commitment of willingness to be mightily used by Him. We must have that continuous yearning for the Lord’s daily anointing. Otherwise, we lose our effectiveness.

A believer, when he wakes up EVERY MORNING, apart from being thankful for another day, should say “Here I am Lord, Use Me”.

That insight encouraged me.  And I was all the more fired up when in my morning devotion I read Psalm 105:4“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually”

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually”. 

It is written in the bible that we should seek His presence – CONTINUALLY

As a lawyer by profession, I stand by my arguments when these are evidence-based. It is easier to believe when there are clear reasons to do so. The Lord knows how my thought process is so He led me to Psalm 105:4.  This convinced me to finally settle to renew my morning devotion and yearn for the Lord’s anointing DAILY.  

This convinced me to finally settle to renew my morning devotion and yearn for the Lord’s anointing DAILY.

I would like to share to you how I bounced back to my morning devotion through the following tips:

5 PRACTICAL STEPS TO JUMPSTART YOUR MORNING DEVOTION

This photo was taken at the Prayer Garden at the Haggai Institute, Mid Pacific Center, Maui, Hawaii, USA. This is the garden where Christian Leaders from different nations start the day with a prayer at 6:45AM.

People are unique and I understand that we do things differently, but here are some practical tips that helped me jump start my renewed morning devotion:

  1. Find a time where every family member is still asleep. This gives you the freedom to worship and keeps you from being distracted. Just like what Jesus did when he prayed as shown in Matthew 14:23 “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…”
  2. Find a designated place where you can do your study. This will make it easier for you to be on a worship/study mode. For me, I get out of the comforts of our room and use our dining table.  
  3. Make notes in your bible or have a separate notebook. What helped me go back to the lessons I learned from my readings are the scribbles in my bible. You can try that too. I also realized just while writing this that I might want to start having a notebook again where I can write my thoughts while studying to facilitate quick reference.
  4. Apply/Do what the Lord has spoken to you through your devotion. In Ezra 7:10, it says: For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to DO IT
  5. Discuss the insights that the Lord gave you.  You can tell about it to a friend, to a colleague, to someone you love, or you can even post it on social media.  In short, TEACH what you learned so you won’t forget. Ezra 7:10 fully states: For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and TO TEACH his statutes and rules in Israel. 

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and TO TEACH his statutes and rules in Israel. 

There you go! I hope those tips will help you strengthen your relationship with the Lord as it did to me. 🙂 I will pray for you and I would like to request for your prayers too so that I may stay committed with the habit of having a morning devotion. 

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Blessings!

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WHY YOU SHOULD NOT SHARE YOUR RICHES TO PEOPLE.

(grabbed from comments yard.com)
(grabbed from comments yard.com)

Everyday we encounter people who have lost their love for life. You can hear them say “I am good for nothing” or “I just don’t know what my real purpose in life is”.

Haven’t you realized that it is not actually an accident that these people are venting their frustrations to us. If you are that type of person whom people just want to sit with and talk to, you can use this opportunity to build these people and make them realize that life is worth living.

In the book that I am currently reading, I found this powerful line – The greatest good we can do for others is not to share our riches with them, but reveal their riches to them.

All of us have hidden potentials, if we can’t find it, we just need a “potential hunter” to help us discover it and make us shine. You can be that “potential hunter” that your friend needs today!

Don’t forget to remind your friend what the bible says: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

 

SAVE TIME, PLAN YOUR DAY AHEAD.

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Direction literally creates time. – Zig Ziglar (Photo belongs to http://www.dexterdiwas.com)

Most of the time, I end the day frustrated because I was not able to accomplish much.  Then I realized that one of the reasons why we end up being unproductive is that we go to work without planning our day.  Many experts and successful people have always been sharing that one of their secrets to being efficient is to have a “to do list” every single day in order to save time.

It doesn’t take much to find the high road to success, but to reach it you need an agenda for the present.  You need directions for today.  You need a purpose. Listen to the advice the president of Lincoln University gave to a group of incoming freshmen:  “Your life can’t go according to plan if you have no plan!” – Zig Ziglar

True indeed.  Having direction, purpose or agenda for the day will literally save us much time. So write down what you have to do today and accomplish them with delight and glee!

Remember:  The steps of good men are directed by the Lord.  He delights in each step they take. – Psalm 37:23.

SO, YOU THINK YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL OR HANDSOME?

Start the day by affirming and appreciating something about your spouse, child, neighbor, work mate or just a random person whom you think need some confidence boosting. A dose of affirmation and appreciation goes a long way and all the more if it comes from a person you love.

So, instead of destructively criticizing? Affirm and Appreciate and make the world a better place.

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Grabbed from bit rebels.com

Remember: As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might. – Marian Anderson.

So if my wife didn’t wake up early to affirm and appreciate me, I remind myself this:

Psalm 139:13-14: For you formed my inward parts;
 you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Wonderful are your works;
 my soul knows it very well.

So you beautiful and handsome people, get out there and show what the Lord has done and is preparing to do for you.  Great life ahead!

 

 

BEST is better than GOOD.

image grabbed from http://cornerstoneofworship.blogspot.com/2013/03/good-vs-best.html
image grabbed from http://cornerstoneofworship.blogspot.com/2013/03/good-vs-best.html

Most of the time, we are tempted to say YES to every opportunity that comes our way.  We reason by saying, “I can’t say pass on this, this might be the break that I have been waiting for.”  However, it is already too late when we realize that we’ve said YES to many good things and end up getting stressed and burned out.  Moral of the story? Not every open door is for us. We need to pause and pray until we have that peace in our hearts that really says “YES” to this.

I read one saying that says “I’ve got to say “NO” to the good so I can say “YES” to the best.

“We need to choose, and the choices we make will ultimately determine how successful we are in the eight crucial areas of life:  happiness, health, peace, prosperity, security, friendships, family, and hope.  It’s up to you to choose the best and pass up the good.” – Zig Ziglar.

THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY!

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Pic grabbed from amycarney.com

Monday is the most dreaded day for the working class.  But I declare – “let it not be this Monday and the Mondays to come!

If we see Mondays as our Goliath, then let us be the David that this Goliath needs.  Let us ready our sling and stone and be on our passion mode.  I like what Zig Ziglar said – The way you see yourself today will affect your performance today.

So, how do you see yourself today?  Why not say – THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY!

Remember: The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. – Proverbs 13:4.