During the week, I have to wake up both my daughters for for school and Nancy for work at 6:30am. So I get up at 5:30am to give me an hour every morning to spend in prayer and The Word. This morning, though I could sleep in, I got up at 5:30am and spent an hour in my devotion time. I am not stating this to boast, but to encourage you to establish some Christian disciplines into your life. Do you want to be closer to God? Hear is voice? Do you seek a change or a miracle in your life? Then:
Monday get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Tuesday get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Wednesday get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Thursday get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Friday get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Saturday, you could sleep in, butget up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
Sunday, you could sleep in but get up at 8:00am and spend time in The Word and prayer.
The time is not as important, but the consistency is. You do this for three months and you will be changed, a miracle, something God can do in your life that conflicts with the laws of nature, will occur in you. Remember, there is no short cut way to becoming a disciple of Christ.
In my Discipleship 101 Training I lead, one week for home work I have those in the group spend one day reflecting in self-examination. I use John Wesley’s “quiz” to aid in this. Spend time today honestly going through the questions. Use it at least on a monthly basis to gauge your Spiritual walk.
WESLEY’S SELF-EXAMINATION QUIZ
Here is one set of questions similar to what John Wesley gave to members of his groups more than 200 years ago. The questions have their origin in the spiritual accountability group started by Wesley when he was a student at Oxford — a group that detractors called "The Holy Club."
1. Am I creating the impression that I am better than I rea(y am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
3. Can I be trusted?
4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
6. Did the Bible live in me today?
7. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
8. Am I enjoying prayer?
9. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
11. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
12. Do I disobey God in anything?
13. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
16. How do I spend my spare time?
17. Am I proud?
18. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the tax collector?
19. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? What am I doing about it?
20. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
21. Is Christ real to me?