Today is part 3 of our healthy check-up! Not a physical check-up but a Spiritual one! We take care of our bodies and make all kinds of resolution to be healthier, so don’t you think we should also work on things that make our Spiritual life healthy too? Today we are finishing up our series 12 BEST THINGS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN 2018. And these ARE life changing!!!!! So let’s get started…
Number 9 is one of my favorites…
TALK TO GOD ALL DAY LONG
I think many of us miss the opportunity to talk to God all day long. Try to make God a part of your day-to-day life. You will be amazed at how you can see our Father in your every day!
Start by greeting Him in the morning and end the day by saying “I love you”! And fill all the space of your day with conversation. Driving is a fabulous time to talk to God.
Bobby often thinks I am talking to myself but I’m really in deep conversation with Abba!
And get real! God knows what you are thinking anyway. But remember He is your Father and God and deserves respect.
USE YOUR SPIRITUAL AND NATURAL GIFTS FOR THE KINGDOM
When we accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers us we get so much more than we are probably aware of at that time. One of the great things we are given along with salvation is Spiritual gifts. Every person on the face of this earth has natural talents and every true Christian has at least one Spiritual gift.
God tells us that we are all to use our Spiritual gifts. They are to glorify Him and to edify and help His church. But really they help a much wider sphere of influence!
These gifts are NOT to lay dormant within us. We need to seek them out and hone them and develop them and USE them!
Just think if every person would use their Spiritual gifts! I bet the churches could not hold all the people coming in to learn more about this amazing God who pours out His spirit and gifts on His beloved!!!! And can you imagine the impact on the world we would have?
Use all your gifts, natural and Spiritual to show the world a true representation of God and use them not to lift yourself up but to lift up others.
You can read about Spiritual Gifts HERE.
I was not raised in a home that memorized scripture. So when I became a Christian at the age of 33 it was a very foreign thing to me. I did, however, raise my children memorizing scripture.
The first verse I memorized was…
LIKE A DEER PANTS AFTER WATER SO MY SOUL PANTS AFTER THEE O LORD. Psalm 42:1
This verse put into words just how I feel. I was dry and thirsty, so so spiritually thirsty! And it was only God who fulfilled me!
Every week I put a memorization verse at the bottom of my posts to encourage us to hide or treasure God’s word in our inner self.
YOUR WORD I HAVE TREASURED IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU. Psalm 119:11
In the Old Testament God often says, “Hear, O Israel…” I love the word hear!
It’s shama (sh-maw’). It is such a beautiful word!
The word “hear” in Hebrew carries with it the meaning of “hear and then do what I say”! This is so important.
My southern Daddy used to say, “Do you hear me chil (the i is long)?” And he was not asking about the quality of my hearing! He wanted action!!!!!
James 1:22 says…
Be doers of the word and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourself.
We not only need to hear God’s word but DO IT! And how can we know and do what God wants if we do not treasure and hide God’s word in our hearts?
Just like praying and talking to God and other Spiritually healthy things for you and me, memorizing scripture is a discipline.
But when we see the importance of memorizing God’s word to do it I think it takes on a beautiful urgency!
FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS
God’s word has a lot to say about Christians doing life together.
Yes, we should also spend time with and love others who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior yet, but if we don’t have deep and real and life-together relationships with other strong, committed Christians we suffer great loss.
We need fellow believers in our lives to keep us on track, love us unconditionally, press us deeper into a relationship with Jesus and keep us accountable. And very practically, to help us when we need it.
Like iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
I love the idea of doing life with other Christians. We will spend eternity together. It is wonderful when it can begin here on earth.
God tells us to make sure other mature believers are an important part of our lives! Especially as we see the Lord’s coming ever sooner!
Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25
There it is! My top 12 Spiritually healthy habits to develop in 2018.
- GO TO CHURCH
- STUDY YOUR BIBLE
- JOIN A BIBLE STUDY
- PRAY FOR REVIVAL
- START YOUR DAY WITH GOD
- END YOUR DAY WITH GOD
- TALK TO GOD ALL DAY LONG
- USE YOUR SPIRITUAL (AND NATURAL) GIFTS FOR THE KINGDOM
- MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE
- FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS
Don’t be overwhelmed. These disciplines take a lifetime. Start now and see what a difference they will make in your life, the life of others and especially the relationship with your Abba Father!
I pray, for you and for me, that 2020 will be the best Spiritually healthy year yet!!!!
This week’s verse to think about…
Be doers of the word and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourself. James 1:22