From the Christmas Week Appointments with God series.
You’ll need your Bible, journal (or a piece of paper), something to write with, possibly a concordance or access to the internet, and a few minutes.
So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12 NKJV
Tuesday’s appointment with God: Today you’re going to identify anything that prevents the progress God wants you to make this week.
1. Begin with prayer. “Jesus, I commit myself to You. I humble myself before You. Clearly reveal my Daily Bread for today.”
2. In order to move forward, roadblocks will occasionally need to be removed. The ones who allow God to remove them are the ones who become more spiritually mature. Read the following verses:
- Proverbs 2:11
- Hebrews 4:12
- Hebrews 5:14
3. Review the specific burdens you placed before the Lord yesterday. It’s helpful to notice if the problems fall within the same category or two. For example, you might end up with two categories: parenting and work-related problems. List your observations.
4. List the feelings you wrote pertaining to each individual problem. For example, when I did this in the past the feelings I listed were:
- feeling stuck
5. Observe your list of feelings related to your specific problems. Find and list general verses that could help when you experience those emotions again. For example, the verses I used were:
- 1 Peter 5:7
- Matthew 11:28-30 and 6:34
- Philippians 4:6-7
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Luke 10:41 (Martha vs. Mary)
Through this process I was reminded to stop carrying my burdens, and trust the Lord instead.
6. Listen to the Lord. Any hesitations to what you think God may be directing you to do? What other obstructions are hindering you? Write what comes to mind in your journal.
7. End with prayer. “Father, I thank You that You are helping me get to the root of my problems so that I can become more spiritually mature in You. I ask You to increase my discernment. I choose to run to Your Word instead of letting my feelings rule me.”
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14 NKJV
I’m so glad you have committed to come faithfully before the Lord this week. 🙂 I am praying for you. Join us again tomorrow for the next day in the Christmas Week Appointments with God series, and please spread the word!