Walk with God

Devotional Tools

What are you doing to help your people “walk with God” on a daily, consistent basis?

I have 4 theological degrees, but the hardest part about being a Christian is spending quality time with God in his word and prayer. I’ve used a variety of devotional books throughout the 21 years I’ve been a Christ follower. And I will keep using them from time to time. But lately I’ve come up with  a way to not only spend time with the the Lord myself, but I’m encouraging others to do it also. I’ve learned that if  believer does not have a vibrant “walk” with God, then that person is unlikely to grow and will ride the fence between good and great.

How can God’s people  become exegetes who are able to be people who know God’s word and what it means in our culture?

Here’s an example of how to walk with God every day:

W-Word of God (2 Tim 3:16 and Joshua 1:8)

The word of God is the central place where believers should devour the word of God. God’s word is inspired and is what gives God’s people success in life.

  • Write down the passage you are reading in a journal or in your smart phone or on your computer. I suggest you write with a pen and paper then type. (Guttenburg to Google)
  • Have a plan! Know what you’re reading. Pick a Bible book and begin reading it section by section as the spirit leads you.
  • Before you read, ask the Lord to speak to you in His word.
  • At the end of your time, write down a prayer you will keep all day.

A-Attention to Detail (2 Tim 2:15 and Acts 17:11)

God wants precision to detail and digging in when it comes to His word. How will your (pastor) people do this? Here’s what they should do as they journal.

  • Write a summary of what the passage is saying. Use no more than 3-5 sentences.

L-Life Application (2 Tim 3:17 and 1 Chron 12:32)

God wants His people to be equipped to do His work. He wants His people to be able to take the word of God and interpret it in their culture.

  • Write out of few bullet comments about how the passage relates to our culture.

K-Keep Close  (James 4:8 and 1:22)

It’s one this to interpret the word of God for what it means in a culture. It’s another thing to apply to myself. But that is where the rubber meets the road.

  • Now write a bullet on how you will obey the passage yourself.
  • Write a prayer  and pray it for a moment. Wait on God. Let Him speak to you.

Pick a book of the Bible and use this method 5 days a week. If you’re a pastor, this will make your study for preaching better. It’s an easy way to get in a passage. Get your people to do it. Make a devotional reading guide or bookmark that supports your preaching series. Your people will grow and you will help your people walk with God.

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