Quiet Times

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Our daily transformation into the new self will hinge upon a daily devotion time with God.  This is often referred to as a "quiet time."   The quiet time helps us get connected with God, learn his word and worship him.  If we want to walk in enduring freedom, we will have to be having regular quiet times. 

Suggestions for effective quiet times:

Main activities to include in your quiet time

Praise and worship God:  Praise and worship helps set our minds on God for the day.  It also glorifies God and establishes a protective spiritual covering over us.  Thanksgiving is a key ingredient in praise and worship.   The Psalmist writes, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name" in Psalm 100:4 NKJV.  We should approach God in thanksgiving as we praise and worship him.  

There are many ways to express thanksgiving.  We can start by thanking God for every good thing he has done in our life.   When I thank God, I go through areas like my salvation in Christ, health, family, possessions, freedom from addiction, power for living, love God has for me, and identity as a son of God.  I find that I have many things to be thankful for!

Worshiping God is something we do by how we live, how we use our bodies and how we think.  Our worship in the quiet time should be the start of an all-day activity.   Here are some suggestions for worshiping God in the quiet time:

PrayPrayer is our communication link with God.  Prayer connects us with God, the source of the life and power we need to walk in purity.  We can't afford to be disconnected from God!  Are you talking to God on a regular basis? If you do not, the quiet time is a great place to begin.  Here are some suggested things to pray:

Don't feel that you need to talk the whole time.  It's good to allow some silent time in case God wants to speak to you!  Sometimes just being quiet before the Lord can bring tremendous peace, comfort and revelation. 

Pray expectantly, knowing that your requests are being heard and acted on by God.  God may choose to answer your prayer differently from what you asked, or in a different time frame than you expected.  Don't allow that to hinder your faith.  When you combine faith with prayer, things will start to happen! 

Study the BibleJesus said that he was the "bread of life," and encouraged his followers to feed on his flesh.  He said in John 6:56, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”  He was talking spiritually, and meant that our spiritual bodies need daily nourishment from the Bible.  If we don't feed our spiritual body, we can't expect to have strength to fight the spiritual battles of temptation.  

The scriptures tell us everything we need to know living in purity (2 Peter 1:3-4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).  The Bible contains the promises of God that we can stand on in faith.  The promises also serve as weapons with which we can fight temptations.  If we don’t know the promises, we will have a hard time standing in freedom and fighting the devil.  When Jesus faced the devil in the wilderness, he quoted scripture exclusively to defeat him (Luke 4). 

The Bible serves another important function.  It helps re-program our minds with God's plan for healthy living.  Our daily life in the world can easily erode our conscience and convictions concerning sin.  The Bible helps renew our conscience.  It helps us better discern between good and evil.  

 Consider what God told Joshua as he prepared to enter the promised land: “Do not let this Book of Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8 NIV). As with Joshua, God's word will help us be prosperous and successful.  It will also help us keep our way pure.  Consider Psalm 119:9-11 NIV: 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  With the word loaded into our hearts, we have an added safeguard against falling into sin.

Before you begin reading your Bible, pray that God will open your eyes and teach you.  Ask God to open your spiritual ears and eyes to His Word.  Then, as you read, look for aspects that ring true for your situation.  If you have difficulty understanding the Bible, you may want to obtain an easy-to-read translation.   Examples include the New Living Translation, the Amplified Bible and the New King James version.

In my quiet time, I read at least one chapter from the New Testament and then one from the Old Testament.  I have found it  beneficial to pick out a theme I want to learn more about.  Some example themes I have studied include Moses, Joshua, the healing ministry of Jesus, lust, sex sin, the new man in Christ  and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  There is really no limit to the possible studies you can do.  Though devotional books are sometimes helpful, I encourage you to study the Bible directly during the quiet time.  Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you understanding about what you are reading.

After God delivered me completely from sex addiction, the scriptures became "alive" to me.  I found a tremendous amount of the Bible that I could relate to in a new way.  The Bible has many passages about rescue, deliverance, healing, renewal and restoration, all of which applied to my situation.  I believe God also desires to teach you through His word about the new life He has for you.  He wants to deliver you, heal you, renew you and shape you into a new person through Jesus.   The Bible is the essential textbook for that process!

JournalThe journal is a great tool to keep track of your walk with God.  Consider what one of our visitors wrote:   

"I had started a journal when I started the Freedom Journey.  I noticed that when I started slacking in being involved each day with journal entries that some of my thoughts from the past that I wanted to get rid of started coming back. I just wanted others to know that if they are serious about breaking their bondage to whatever addiction or sin that they may have, that being involved with their journal and placing prayers or bible passages in it will strengthen their faith and help them remain committed each day so that their previous addictions will lose their foothold."

I begin each day's entry with some comments about what God has been teaching me.  I then take notes on the Bible chapters I read, jotting down any verses that stand out to me.  I write some of these verses on 3X5 note cards to review later for memory.  I also put a star next to any special revelations the Lord gives me in my reading.  Periodically I will review my past journal entries, paying special attention the star-marked notes.  This can be a great encouragement, especially when I'm feeling depressed or unsure of where I'm headed.  

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