Bible, Goals, Morning devotions, prayer, Quiet time

First 5

“Ten minutes spent in the presence of Christ every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different.”  – Henry Drummond
If you have read only a few posts here on Every Day with the King, you surely know there are no subjects mentioned more than starting your day with Jesus and Bible studies. Today I would like to suggest an option that is designed for when you have very little time and yet is very adaptable for when you have more time. So whether you have 5 minutes or 30, this is designed to fit your life.

It is – First 5

If you are not familiar with First 5, please take the time to check it out. The app is free. Join and get started today. You will find the daily reading each morning on the app. If you want to order the Experience guide you will find lots of material to expand your study. The guide is completely optional.

The app includes many features to explore. Past studies are always accessible along with the current study. You can comment and be involved at what level is best for you. There are community groups. These are groups where you can meet to discuss the study right there on the app.

The First 5 studies are extremely well written and presented. My favorite thing about First 5 is that it is designed to make everything about starting your day with Jesus so simple!

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Check out the First 5 Help Page to find so much more information.

Have you experienced First 5?

Leave a comment below 🙂

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Aware

Before Jesus died, He told His followers that He would leave them. BUT He promised that they would receive the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever (John 14:16). After His death and resurrection, He told His followers that they would receive power through the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Jesus did not leave His followers as orphans but sent the Holy Spirit to indwell them (John 14:18). The Holy Spirit did come (Acts 2:1-4, 18, 32-33). Also see Ephesians 3:14-19. See the blog post Acts 1:8

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.  – 1 John 3:24

If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are living daily in His presence. You are never alone because He is always with you. Do you live like this is true?

When we live aware it leads to a life of Adventure with Jesus

 “The Presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push into conscious awareness of His Presence.”    – A. W. Tozer


The Problem

As I said in the blog post, Constant Prayer, one of the marvelous things about a relationship with Jesus is that He is constantly present.

Our problem is forgetting He is there!

Why do we forget?

We forget because we cannot SEE!

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.    – John 20:24-31  NKJV

There is so much for us to drink in from the above passage of scripture. Please take the time to explore it beyond a quick read. Don’t do it alone. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself through the Word and make you aware of His presence there with you. The Living Word and the written Word are meant to go together.


I don’t want to settle for being awake. I want to live awake and aware!

How about you?

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Constant Prayer

Constant Prayer

You may already be familiar with some Bible verses that mention constant prayer but please take the time to look at a few scriptures with me today. If you have your Bible handy, please find the following verses. I hope you are able to read the entire chapter or more surrounding these verses.

  • Acts 1:14
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

If you’re not able to access a Bible, please see the verses below in the NKJV.

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.   -Acts 1:14

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.  -Ephesians 6:18

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


What does it mean to practice constant prayer?

It is easy to begin our day with prayer. But how do we continue in a state of prayer once our daily activities have started? Well, why did the time of prayer end? Just because we leave the place where morning prayer began does not mean our time with God is over.

One of the marvelous things about a relationship with Jesus is that He is constantly present. Our problem is forgetting He is there! 

The difficulty in maintaining a lifestyle of constant prayer is caused by not living in awareness of His continual presence.

Is your life-quest for Jesus? Is your greatest desire to know Him? If so, you need to discover the joy of living daily in the awareness of His presence. This not only changes prayer but actually every single facet of your life.


On the subject of being always in prayer, E.M. Bounds said, “Always does not mean that we are to neglect the ordinary duties of life; what it means is that the soul which has come into intimate contact with God in the silence of the prayer-chamber is never out of conscious touch with the Father, that the heart is always going out to Him in loving communion, and that the moment the mind is released from the task upon which it is engaged it returns as naturally to God as the bird does to its nest. What a beautiful conception of prayer we get if we regard it in this light, if we view it as a constant fellowship, an unbroken audience with the King. Prayer then loses every vestige of dread which it may once have possessed; we regard it no longer as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege which is to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”


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Bible, Faith, prayer

Steps to Victory

What do you do when trouble knocks on your door?

There is no doubt that difficulties will come into your life.

What is important is how you choose to respond.

Would you like to be prepared in advance?

Please read the following chapter from 2 Chronicles for a great plan.

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This chapter contains a powerful formula, that if followed today, will produce the same results that it did for Jehoshaphat, so long ago. This chapter shows us the steps to conquer problems, and enable us to live in victory with joy!

Note: To respond as Jehoshaphat did, we need to be choosing to spend time alone with God on a daily basis. Walking and talking with the King needs to be our way of life.

Follow Jehoshaphat’s steps to victory

  1. Seek the Lord.  (prayer and fasting)   verse 3
  2. Stand on the Word of God. Hold onto the promises and remember what God has done before.   verses 6-9
  3. Give the whole problem to God. Depending on Him completely. (submitting to God’s will, trusting in the Lord)   verses 10-13
  4.  Listen to God. Respond to His instructions.   verses 15-20
  5. Praise the Lord. (while people are praising, God is moving)  verses 21-22
  6. See what God has done. Rejoice!  verses 26-28
  7. The power of God becomes known by others.  verse 29

These are steps that I found while studying the chapter. I remind myself of them when difficulties come my way. I pray that you will find it helpful also. I am very certain that you will discover more treasure in the chapter if you study and pray to see. Please take a moment to comment below. I would love to read what God shows you.

Blessings,

Lynn 🙂

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One Way Door

Corrie ten Boom spoke to many groups of people all over the world. Sometimes she visited and shared her story in prisons. She made a video especially for prisoners. Even if you are not living in a prison building, you may find that you are a prisoner. She had this in mind as she spoke on the video. Do you feel trapped in your life today?  Do you feel like things can never change? Perhaps you are just discouraged and tired. Do you long to be free from whatever is holding you down? There is a way to be free.

The video is in 3 parts below. Each segment is about 10 minutes long.

The first 3 1/2 minutes is a great introduction showing scenes from “The Hiding Place” movie. Some of Corrie’s best illustrations are in this video. She was 85 years old when “One Way Door” was made.

I would suggest that you get comfortable with a glass of ice tea. Have paper & pen handy in case you want to take some notes. Sit back and enjoy this time with Corrie. If you are not familiar with Corrie and her amazing life, this is a perfect way to meet her.

Corrie ten Boom – One Way Door

 

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.    Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus is the answer 

Thanks for watching Corrie ten Boom’s “One Way Door”

I pray that Jesus is speaking to your heart and you experience the new life that only He can give you.

Blessings,

Lynn

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Don’t Leave Without Jesus

In  John 6:1-15  we read about  Jesus, the disciples, and a large crowd of hungry people. Jesus provides a meal for all the people even though the only food available was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. There is so much in this account to study and savor. However, this post is going to be about what happened next. Jesus invited me to linger with Him recently in John 6:16-21. He gently brought to my mind some points that I hadn’t noticed before.

The disciples had finished gathering 12 baskets full of leftover bread and fish pieces. Don’t you wonder what they must have felt like as they pondered the miracle they had just witnessed? They didn’t just witness the miracle but Jesus had allowed them to actually be a part of what happened. Imagine being one of the crew cleaning up after this picnic. Well, we could easily stay here, but let’s move onto the evening and see what happens next.

We know from John 6:15 that Jesus had gone to the mountain alone. We find the disciples at the sea.

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.  Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.  So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.   – John 6:16-21 

Do you find it perplexing that the disciples would leave without Jesus? John does not tell us but in Matthew 14 and Mark 6 we read that Jesus had instructed the disciples to leave.


Picture yourself at the scene. Would you quickly jump in the boat with the disciples or desire to stay behind with Jesus?

When I imagine myself at the scene, I am reluctant to leave Jesus. I want to stay and wait for Jesus to return or maybe He even invites me to be with Him on the mountain. I certainly don’t think I would be eager to join the group in the boat. Or would I?

What about me now, today? Do I wait or do I rush ahead? I’m sorry to say that there have been many times that I didn’t wait for Jesus.

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Back to the disciples

They ventured out onto the sea after dark, rowed for miles and the wind was blowing hard. The disciples struggled in their own strength when they had to make the trip without Jesus. So different from just a few hours earlier when they were basking in the afterglow of a miracle.

Have you had this kind of experience after proceeding without Jesus? I sure have.

But then Jesus  

At first, the disciples are fearful but then they see it is indeed Jesus. Jesus has arrived walking on the water.  As soon as Jesus entered the boat they were suddenly at their destination.  So much here in verses 19-21 to discover and I hope you will spend some time exploring.


I am so glad that Jesus will come get me when I have gone out in my boat without Him. But I don’t want to live like that. I want to be where He is always. Jesus is my destination.

Make it your goal to be with Jesus, stay with Jesus and follow Him. It’s not about you fitting Him into your plan. It is His plan for you to follow Him step by step, moment by moment.

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Bible, Morning devotions, prayer, Quiet time

Coffee with Jesus

All I need is a little coffee and a whole lot of Jesus 

Have you seen the above statement floating around on social media?

In a lighthearted way, it points out that Jesus is or should be the #1 priority of each day. I wrote a little about this subject in the earlier post First Things First. At the end of that post, I mentioned that I planned to write about practical ways to start your day with Jesus. So here we go.

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John 21:1-13

You’ve set your alarm for an earlier time. Climbed out of bed and put the coffee on to brew. So now what?

Years ago I used to get out and have a walk first thing very early in the morning even before coffee. It was a brisk walk around the neighborhood while all was still and quiet. I remember it was a rich time of prayer, praise and listening for the Lord.  But I have not taken the morning walk and talk with Jesus in a long time.

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However, writing about it is making me think I might just start doing it again. The summer season is the perfect time to start this while early mornings are so pleasant. Putting an activity with the quiet time helps to establish it as a habit and pretty much makes it impossible to forget.

Right now the only activities I’m combining with my quiet time are pouring my coffee and toasting a muffin or bagel. I sit down with my Bible and journal ready to meet with Jesus. For me pouring my cup of coffee and spending time with Jesus go together.

Whether you call this time
  • quiet time
  • morning devotions
  • coffee with Jesus
  • breakfast with Jesus…
The important thing about morning quiet time is to start the day with Him.

I like to have my Bible, journal, daily devotional book and current Bible study all within my reach. I spend some time reading the Bible and while reading I’m listening for what God is saying to me through that portion of His word. This is usually followed by a little prayer time and writing in my journal. The subject of keeping a journal is a subject that I will talk more about later in another blog post.

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Visit the Bible Study page for lots of great resources.

I can’t stress enough how important it is not to be misled into thinking that the purpose of your quiet time is to check off a list of things to do each day. Growing closer to the Lord, knowing Him more and simply sharing the start of each day with Him is the true goal. Did you meet with Jesus? Did you start your day with Him? That’s it, that’s what it’s all about.

 

Over time you will look forward with anticipation to the start of your day with your King and hearing what He says to you. Knowing Him more and becoming more aware of His love for you will happen day by day.

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Christian Reaction

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?

We are observing the rapid decline of  values and way of life that we enjoyed for so long here in the United States. The Christian community is responding in many ways, but not all are ways that I recognize as Christian. I see some responses that make me cringe. I am referring to those who are engaging in mean spirited debate motivated by anger. Also those  who claim to be followers of Jesus but are following the culture of the day instead. Yes, I could go on with descriptions of other responses but the point of this post is to find the answer to the question. What was the question??

As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

To find the correct answer always go back to the Book. The Bible has much to tell us about living in this world in all kinds of circumstances. Right now much of the current events are connected to leaders and soon to be leaders of the country. Election, election …Sometimes the subject is the only one covered in the daily news. So I’m just going to focus on one portion of scripture concerning leaders in this blog post. I will focus on other scriptures that address living in our changing culture in future posts.

This is a portion of scripture that is great to read and study using more than one version. I love it in the J.B. Phillips New Testament. Note: his spelling is a little different for a couple of words (British).

1 Timothy 2:1-8    J.B. Phillips   

Here then is my charge: First, supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings should be made on behalf of all men: for kings and rulers in positions of responsibility, so that our common life may be lived in peace and quiet, with a proper sense of God and of our responsibility to him for what we do with our lives.

 In the sight of God our saviour this is undoubtedly the right thing to pray for; for his purpose is that all men should be saved and come to realise the truth. And that is, that there is only one God, and only one intermediary between God and men, Jesus Christ the man. He gave himself as a ransom for us all—an act of redemption which happened once, but which stands for all times as a witness to what he is.

 I was appointed proclaimer and messenger of this great act of his, to teach (incredible as it may sound) the Gentile world to believe and know the truth.

 I want the men to pray in all the churches with sincerity, without resentment or doubt in their minds.

Question: As Christians, what should our reaction be to current events today?  

Answer: Prayer should be the first response

May I suggest that we keep these verses handy to remind ourselves of what we should be doing.


Corrie ten Boom tells about something that happened concerning this subject in her book “In My Father’s House”. The time was 1914 when one after another, countries of the world issued declarations of war. Corrie writes about her father and a weekly prayer meeting. Her father’s name was Casper ten Boom. The following is a short section from the book.

Father continued to pray for the Queen and the government of Holland, as he always had. We were very patriotic and loyal to Queen Wilhelmina and her prime minister, Abraham Kuyper, who was also a prominent theologian.

A division of purpose developed in our weekly prayer group. “Casper, it’s not right to pray for those in government,” some of the people said. “The world is evil-Satan is prince of this world and we should only look at the Kingdom of God.”

But Father said, “As Christians we are in the world, but not of the world. We must not give over our country to the enemy, because then we would be disobeying 1 Timothy 2 which says  ‘First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.’ “(vs. 1,2).

As the weeks and months of World War I went on, the pietists became more uncomfortable as Father, Betsie, and I continued to pray for our government. The difference in these basic beliefs drove the group apart. The others began to draw more and more into their spiritual shells, until we could no longer meet together for prayer.

I invite you to visit the Corrie ten Boom page to learn more about her.

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This is what Joni Eareckson Tada says her response is to news stories. She says “I use what I’ve learned as fodder for prayer and intercession (there’s hardly a time I turn off the news that I don’t pray about what I’ve watched).”

I love her way of stating her prayer reaction. I want to begin to see each news story that I hear about as a call to prayer. How about you? Are feeling overwhelmed with bad news? Let us go to the King with everything immediately.

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Worry Part 4

Abiding in Christ
Welcome to the conclusion of the series on worry. I hope you were able to spend some time in John 15. This is the portion of scripture where Jesus explains a critical aspect of our relationship with Him. Here we find our key to victory over worry and so much more. Not striving but abiding, not trying but trusting, not you but Him. If you would like to spend time in a deeper study of the word, Abide, a good place to start would be this LINK at Bible Hub.

” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”   -John 15:4,5   NKJV

Reading these verses in several different translations is very helpful. Below is the Holman Christian Standard which uses the word remain instead of abide.

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We are to be attached to Jesus as the branch is connected to the vine. The vine is everything to the branch.

Abide, remain, and stay are all good, but I particularly love the word that Corrie ten Boom choose. She used the word nestle.


purple-grapes-553462_640  “Remember when Jesus told the parable of the vine and the branches in John 15? He said the secret to abundant living is in staying attached to the vine. An unattached vine has something to fear. Not only can it not produce fruit, but it will be burned in the fire. But an attached branch has no fears. All it has to do is nestle close to the vine, and the vine does all the work, sending its sap through the branch and producing luscious grapes. It is not the branch that produces the grapes, it is the vine.”    ~ Corrie ten Boom


So when worry comes, refuse to be carried away. Instead, immediately call on Jesus. Devote your energy and time to focus all the more on Him. Not your ability but His power. Victory is in Christ Jesus.

Corrie ten Boom sometimes quoted the following lines from a poem. The author is unknown.

Cowardly, wayward, and weak,
I change with the changing sky,
Today so eager and strong,
Tomorrow not caring to try.
But He never gives in,
And we two shall win,  Jesus and I.

Corrie ten Boom said “Prayer is the sturdy answer to worry. I urge you to find a place where you can be alone with the Lord. Let it be your own little private prayer chapel.” Corrie wrote much about the topic of worry and fear because it is such a common problem for many believers. A number of her books have chapters devoted to the subject. She wrote one book entirely about gaining freedom from worry, fear, tension, and anxiety. The title of the book is DON’T WRESTLE, JUST NESTLE.


How do you respond to worries and fear?

I have a little practical method that I’ll share with you now.  When I find myself beginning to feel stressed, or anxious …  I stop and pray.

  • Stop whatever I am doing at that moment
  • Start talking to the Lord
  • Ask Him to take over and handle it completely
  • Surrender to His control
  • Expect to have the worry replaced with peace and calm from Jesus
  • Thank Him
  • Repeat as often as needed

How do you respond to worries and fear_

Do you have a plan? Do you have certain scriptures ready for these times?

Please share in the comments below.

I am praying that each person reading this little series will nestle in close to Jesus.

Has this series been a help to you? Do you know someone that you should share this with?  Don’t forget to share your worry plan in the comments. I love to hear from you ♥