How to Receive Your Daily Portion from God
God provides a satisfying infilling for us when we spend time with Him. Here’s how to receive your daily portion from God and identify the enemy’s tactics to keep it from happening.
God pours out His love for us daily. We will encounter that love when we spend time with Him. We will thrive—grow well or vigorously—via the daily portion He provides for us. I love thriving because it means I’m growing closer to Jesus. There’s no greater satisfaction.
I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:5 ESV
What Is My Takeaway from My Daily Portion?
I have a passion to grow in God but some days I feel stuck. I hate being stuck. To avoid this I try to ask myself a few questions so my Daily Time with God doesn’t turn into a ritual.
- What did I learn during this time?
- What is God saying to me today?
- Is there anything He is leading me to repent of or change?
I look for my “takeaway.” I’m not talking about simply learning some neat information to say, “That’s nice,” but a richness that impacted me.
Sometimes a takeaway is a truth that goes deep into my spirit. Other times it’s His leading to act on a specific command or to humble myself in repentance. And at times it’s when the Father orchestrated just the precise ingredients to produce a refreshing serving of encouragement.
- What did I take away today that made me take pause?
- Which facets of God’s character or design blew my mind?
- What brought the same satisfaction of finishing up a hearty meal?
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The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. Psalm 119:57 ESV
What Happens When I Don’t Receive a Consistent Daily Portion?
When too many days go by that I don’t look for my daily bread, I start to feel weak. I start to forget His promises and the power He’s given me. The relationship seems distant, unreal. An emptiness sets in, even a type of complacency, and I’m left feeling frustrated with life.
Then upon reflection I discover that for hours—sometimes days—the wrong thoughts have been revolving around in my brain. The thoughts are not the victory-type thoughts that reflect His promises. Spiritual starvation has set in.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 ESV
How Does the Enemy Try to Distance Me from God?
The Father of Lies will tell me any lie or half-truth to attempt to keep me out of reading and studying the Word:
- God’s not real
- I’ve sinned too much
- God is mad at me
God exists. I know that. Yet what I can see before me are difficult circumstances.
The devil doesn’t try to make me question God’s existence. Instead he tries to feed me the lie that God isn’t good using hard times as false evidence. If I’m duped by his tactic, I will become suspicious of God. As a result, I will distance myself from Him and become ineffective in His kingdom.
The devil doesn’t want me to experience my special daily portion. He’s probably jealous of the unfailing love I receive from Father God!
How Do I Get Back to Receiving a Consistent Daily Portion from God?
When I feel that distance between me and God I try to remember that it’s not because God left me but because I “left” Him.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 ESV
Because I know the above truth, the Holy Spirit will remind me of it. Then I feel the need for an awakening because even life itself feels dull.
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And I remember…there were times―days―that I felt the opposite. Why?
It was because I was intentional about going through each day searching until I experienced the special daily portion that He had reserved especially for me.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, says my soul,
therefore I will hope in him.
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:22-25 ESV
Today I encourage you to take charge of your spiritual journey. Receive the wonderful daily portion God provides for you every day and you will thrive in Christ.
I’m looking for my portion today. How about you?
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Love this, Kelly. I’ve already had a spiritual portion for the day, but right now, I’m feeling like I need another serving of Him. It’s one of those days. :/ 🙂 I like to start my day with the Word before I ever open up my computer to work. Lately, I’ve been craving a Bible study again (in addition), though. Hoping to do a communal study again sometime this year. 🙂 Lovely post, friend. xoxo
I will definitely go back for “seconds” later in the day as needed! 😉 Glad to hear you’re craving some deep study time. Hope the rest of your week is filled with His blessings, friend. 🙂
Everyday we have to be intentional about time with God and what He’s offering us throughout the day. I’m like you – I have to make sure that I am looking for His “bread” throughout the day…or if not, I’m fed a steady diet of discouragement, disappointment and frustration. Great post!!!
Yes, Neca, I agree. If we are feeling discouraged or frustrated, then we need to change what we are putting in our hearts. Have a wonderful week! 🙂
I think this is one of Satan’s greatest tactics, “The devil doesn’t try to make me question God’s existence. Instead he tries to feed me the lie that God isn’t good using hard times as false evidence. If I’m duped by his tactic, I will become suspicious of God. As a result, I will distance myself from Him and become ineffective in His kingdom.”
I also like the questions you ask as you spend time in the Word. It’s so important to take time to apply our reading to our hearts and lives.
Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed week-end!
My life changed when I finally started applying the Word to my life instead of checking the reading off my to do list! Thanks for stopping by, Donna!
Such great challenging words here, Kelly. I think we forget too easily what God allowed His Son to suffer through for our salvation. If we remember that He is able to use even that for Good, certainly He is able to use our hardships for His purposes, too. Keeping that in mind quiets the enemy’s voice in my ear. So important to get our daily bread from God before facing the world! Blessings to you!
Yes, your comment reminds me of Romans 8:28 where it says He works everything to our good. Love my daily bread, even the hard stuff because I know it will turn out good for me later. 😉 Have a great weekend!
Those are great questions to ponder each day! Allowing His Words to seep deep into our soul uproots the enemies lies! Great post, Kelly!!
Amen! I love looking for what the Holy Spirit will highlight during my time with Him. Blessings on your day! 🙂
I love that we can always start fresh. I think women sometimes feel as if they’ve “failed” in their time with God and can’t find their way back to a routine, or feel as if God will be impatient with their inconsistency. How wonderful that He does not reproach us for our weakness, but comes alongside us to strengthen us for a new beginning.
Yes!! It is the grace of God that makes us stronger!
One of the things that helps me throughout the day is to memorize Scripture. This year, I’m working on memorizing Colossians. In those free moments, when my mind drifts and questions, I turn to meditating on the Truth as I review the verses I already know and add new ones.
That’s awesome, Debbie! I’ve never attempted an entire book before. I can see how it would help keep you focused on Jesus throughout the day.
Getting back into the groove is always a challenge but I just have to DO IT. There’s nothing sweeter than spending daily time with God. Thanks for your encouragement.
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