3 God Time Lies | God desires to pour His love on and through the body of Christ. The enemy tries to stop that process. The enemy whispers lies in an attempt that we won't spend time with God through daily devotions.

3 God Time Lies

God wants us to thrive. Why? We are part of the body of Christ. That means we are His hands and feet on the earth. We have souls to win; we have people to touch, to help, to heal.

If we are God’s, then we are also a target for the enemy who would like to hinder us from going forward—to keep us from thriving.

To thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously. Spiritual growth is needed to be effective in the kingdom of God. We are a like trees planted by rivers of water to bring forth fruit in our season (Psalm 1:3), and God wants us to thrive spiritually as well as any natural tree should. He wants to pour His love on us and through us—a love that can’t be measured. Friends, He desires to empower us for His glory!

No plant will thrive if it’s being choked by weeds. The weeds will suck up the nutrients and water in the soil that the plant needs to survive. A plant can survive among weeds, but it won’t thrive as the strong plant it is intended to be. Simply surviving is not thriving.

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I learned this as a young Christian when I realized I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. I knew I needed to meet with God and find out. I was also eager for Him to reveal what He wanted me to do to help others. I desired to become and remain a strong follower of Jesus—that was my new resolve.

And don’t you know that whenever you resolve to seek God in earnest the devil shows up with lies. He hopes we will believe his lies because he doesn’t want us to spend time with God everyday.

Developing a habit of having a daily time with God will bring us to a place of thriving.

He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV

3 Lies about God Time We Can Trash Right Now

Lie #1: I don’t need to do this.

First, let’s dispose of the lie that says, “I don’t need to do this.” Spiritually thriving isn’t only for your pastor. (No, he doesn’t just seek God therapeutically after tending rowdy sheep all day.) Moses as a leader had face time with God. (I would have stayed on that mountain away from those people, too.) Jesus was human and yet needed to keep a strong spirit by finding an isolated place to pray (Mark 6:46).

Lie #2: I don’t have time for this.

Second, let’s trash the lie that says, “I don’t have time for this.” Life is busy and brings interruptions. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? However, everybody has the same 24 hours; it’s how we schedule them that makes the difference. People don’t have time for something, they make time for something. We make time for what’s important to us. Is spending time with your Creator so His love will be poured onto You and overflow from your life to others important to you? THIS is why we are here!

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Lie #3: I won’t keep up with it, so why bother?

Third, let’s get rid of the lie that says, “I’ll never keep up with it, so why bother?” Building habits take time. In various research I’ve done, building a new habit can take a minimum of 21 days. In most cases it takes much longer. We are all different and have different circumstances and temperaments. The good news is, habits can be built. Just be patient. If our end goal doesn’t look anywhere near where we are today, we don’t have to be discouraged. God is still increasing in our lives as we continue to open our hearts to Him.

These lies can keep us from thriving. Let’s trash them right now!

3 God Time Lies | God wants to pour His love on and through you

If building a Daily Time habit seems challenging, you’re in the right spot. In my next post I’ll be talking about putting together an integral plan.

What lies could you add to this list?

If you want further encouragement and support in establishing a consistent time to meet with God every day, I’ll be providing something to help soon. Stay tuned!


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Top Reason Your God Time Isn't Consistent | Sunday-morning-only Christians aren't going to make it in the kingdom of God. Our God time needs to be a daily endeavor. God desires for us to spend time with Him daily. Making a habit of it is key.

Top Reason Your God Time Isn’t Consistent

Is your God time consistent? I’m consistent with having time with God every day, but I sometimes I stop after a little “snack” of being in His Word. That’s better than nothing, right? 😉

I’m admitting this even after I encouraged in my mini ebook, Maintaining a Strong Inner Man:

Don’t be satisfied until you’ve had a daily portion from the Lord. If all you have is 15 minutes to study the Bible, and after that time is up you feel unfulfilled, come back later and keep digging! God has a gold mine waiting for you to discover.

That’s my goal, but I don’t always do it. I get lazy. I “flesh out.” I finish the “day” for the Bible study I’m going through and the internal check mark drowns out the nudge of the Holy Spirit calling me to linger. Or maybe I just suppress Him on the days I know I need more.

Still, having a daily appointment with God is important to me. It’s very important now, but it wasn’t always that way.

When I first started learning how to open my heart to Him, I began to grasp the understanding that God desires for us to grow spiritually. Then the desire sparked in me to progress as a follower of Jesus. The problem was, I would forget most days.

Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Ps. 145:2

Daily Endeavor

Spending time with God needs to be a daily endeavor. 

I wasn’t in the habit of keeping that daily appointment, though, because it wasn’t priority. I’m not sure what switched for me when I started wanting to meet with God every day. Maybe it was when my mom started insisting that, “A Sunday-morning-only Christian isn’t going to make it in the kingdom of God!” I’m glad that stuck with me on days when I would struggle with the temptation to ignore God’s gentle invitation.

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On the days I didn’t forget, I realized only good was coming out of it! I enjoyed learning biblical truths and experiencing His sweet presence. I began to feel complete in Him as I learned to love Him back. I eventually hungered for more consistency.

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One Winter Night

Then one winter night in early 2008 I climbed into bed entirely too excited to fall asleep. I couldn’t wait to wake up and follow my newfound early morning routine of seeking God. The chilly sheets mixed with the adrenaline buzz caused me to shiver. The phrase “daily time” burned within me, but I was smiling wide in the dark.

The Holy Spirit reminded me how it already meant a great deal to me. I was determined for that phrase to be a permanent fixture in my life. I remembered how it meant surrender yet satisfaction.

Suddenly, the acronym took form. I followed His encouragement to create, and the sentences came together. The words “Daily Time” took anchor in my heart:

Determining
Again
I
Live
Yielded

Today
I’m
Maintaining
Evidence

DAILY TIME acronym by KellyRBaker

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According to one survey, only 19% of churchgoers spend time reading the Bible daily apart from a church service. Why isn’t that number higher?

Habit. Perhaps followers of Jesus desiring to seek Him daily lack consistency because they haven’t yet established the habit.

I encourage you to be intentional with building the habit of having a Daily Time with God. Next time we will talk about how.

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Is your God time consistent? Why or why not? 


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