3 God Time Lies

3 God Time Lies.

God wants us to thrive in our time with Him. 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. Specifically, he targets our God Time.

Thriving for Effectiveness

To thrive means to grow or develop well or vigorously. We need to grow spiritually to be effective in the kingdom of God. We are 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!

He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3 NKJV


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The Problem

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.

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

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 every day.

Developing a habit of having a daily time with God will bring us to a place of thriving. #DailyTime #LiveYielded Click To Tweet

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

Three lies threaten to keep us from our God Time every day, but the truth is God desires to pour His love on and through the body of Christ.

3 Lies about God Time We Can Trash Right Now

God Time 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 as a human still needed to keep a strong spirit by finding an isolated place to pray (Mark 6:46).

God Time 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!

We exist to spend time with God so His love can be poured on and through us. #DailyTime #LiveYielded Click To Tweet

God Time 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 the 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, we can build habits. 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 God Time lies can keep us from thriving. Let’s trash them right now!

What God time lies could you add to this list?

Lies keep us from spending time with God through daily devotions. #DailyTime #LiveYielded Click To Tweet

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  1. sherrylynnstahl says:

    Lie #2 is the one that sometimes trips me up, but I know I can’t go a day without the Word. I’m just not good enough on my own 🙂
    Stopping by from the #HeartEncouragment Linkup
    ~Sherry Stahl

    1. It’s got to be an intentional effort in this day and age, right? Thanks for stopping by, friend. 🙂

      1. sherrylynnstahl says:

        My pleasure!

  2. Wonderful post. I don’t see these as lies as much as I see them as excuses. As children of God, we should WANT to seek time with him rather than making excuses not to spend time with him.

    1. True, yet I think it can go either way. The devil lies, our flesh makes excuses. Either way we have a choice to make. We don’t always have that desire, but that’s where cultivating an appetite for God comes into the picture. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  3. I think we assume we won’t understand what we read, so why should we? Great points!

    1. I hadn’t thought of that one, Sarah! Thanks for joining the conversation. 🙂

  4. Good points, and all of which I’ve had at one point in time in the past. — Right now, I think the biggest tension for time with God-time is “I’m so tired.” — I like to do my quiet time in the mornings while I watch the sun rise, and I always love it once I’m doing it. But, man, even though I’m up early every day, I am not a morning person. But, He’s faithful to meet my tired, bed-head self there, and send me off with a word from Him for that day–my manna. 🙂 — Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today, Kelly. ((hug))

    1. Yes, He is faithful to meet us wherever we are! (Btw, I didn’t used to be a morning person until I started going to bed earlier. I guess my body needed the extra sleep.) Thanks for being here, Brenda. 🙂

  5. This topic is close to my heart, Kelly, because time with the Lord most/many days is what has kept me thriving 16 years in a mslm country. 🙂 But one lie I sometimes succomb to is this: “If I couldn’t have my quiet time today, my day will be ruined.” I have to remember that God can still rescue my day when I turn to Him continually.

    1. I glad I don’t live where you do, Betsy. I’m sure you need to pull from your Source regularly. Blessings!

  6. Great post Kelly! Satan is all too happy for us to believe these lies and keep us away from God.
    So happy you were my neighbor today! #DancewithJesus

    1. Welcome back, friend! Happy you were my neighbor, too. 😉

  7. Oh, Kelly, I have heard these lies time and time again. As noted in some of the comments above, different lies have affected me at different times. Right now, I’m struggling with Lie #3, and I take such reassurance knowing that others have struggled to form the “God time” habit. It encourages me, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to try, try, try again. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series!

    1. Welcome, Melissa! 🙂 Yes, try, try again. Your efforts are not in vain.

  8. There are no words to express how deeply aware I am of my need for daily time with God. I don’t know what I would do apart from God. Grateful to have been neighbors today.

    1. I understand completely. Thanks for joining the conversation, Joanne!

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