There are no shortcuts in your personal walk with Jesus Christ. Just as an athlete must train their body to perform at the maximum level when competition occurs, we need to train ourselves in godliness. Set a GOAL, make a PLAN, and take ACTION.
I want to list several ways you can train yourself in personal godliness. Resolving to take these intentional actions will increase your intensity as you walk with Christ personally:
1. I will develop my spiritual life daily.
When you resolve in your heart and mind that you are going to prioritize the development of your own spiritual life, you are deciding to transform your personal life. Ask God for a plan, learn from others, develop your plan, and live by it daily.
2. I will release my life to God daily.
When you choose to humble yourself before God daily and release yourself to God fully, you will go to a new level in your life daily. When you lean on yourself it is pride; but when you lean on God alone, it is humility. Release your life to God daily.
3. I will read the Bible daily.
People who live out their faith daily are people who read their Bible daily. It is impossible to be all God wants you to be if you do not read your Bible daily. As Psalm 119:25 says, “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy Word.” We find life when we read the Bible daily.
Nothing has shaped me more than reading through God’s Word daily and annually.
4. I will talk to God daily.
When you read the Bible daily, God speaks to you through His Word. This will lead you to talk to God daily. In fact, it will not only inspire you to talk to God daily, it will shape what you say to God in prayer.
Do not complicate it. Create a list of people and a list of needs; then, talk to God about these people and their needs daily.
5. I will take whatever necessary actions to intensify my walk with Christ daily.
You cannot delegate your personal walk with Christ.
Therefore, prioritize it. Discipline yourself. Press in to God and press forward to do whatever it takes to intensify your walk with God daily.
It starts with you. Stand on the following words: James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd