Take 5 (May 8-12, 2017)

Robert Ballard • Pastor of Worship Ministries

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168! – That is the number of hours you have this week. How will you spend these hours? Here are five simple truths that will make your 168 hours so much better:

MONDAY: Spend Time in God’s Word 

Hebrews 4:12

I love how the writer of Hebrews says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Bible is unlike any other book a person could pick up and read! As believers, it is difficult to go through life each day without turning to God’s Word for encouragement, advice, and a time where God can speak to you through His Word. Life can be troubling and chaotic, and it is important to stay consistent in our time with the Lord. Doing so can help us in our relationships with others. It can help us with decisions—big or small. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s Word can help us in all aspects of our lives. It is up to us to take the time to stop and read His Word and gain life-changing insight from its pages.

Stop and take a few moments to read God’s Word.

TUESDAY: Take Time to Pray

Psalm 145:18

I’m so thankful that I can take every care and every burden to the Lord in prayer.  It is imperative that during these times in our lives, that we draw close to our Savior through prayer.  Scripture tells us in I Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.” But what exactly does that mean to a believer? I believe that God wants us to have an attitude of prayer at every moment.  This means that you pray for more than just your meal.  The Lord desires us to pray alone as well as in public.  He wants us to be ready to pray for others that are burdened with issues.  Just as it would be impossible to have a healthy relationship with your child or spouse without talking and communicating with them on a daily basis, how much more important is it to communicate with your Creator!

Set aside time for daily prayer and ask others if there is something you can pray for them about.

WEDNESDAY: Attend a Worship Service

Hebrews 10:25

Some people believe that going to church is an option for a Christian.  They feel that turning on a church TV broadcast instead of actually stepping foot inside a church is all the “church” they need in their life.  This couldn’t be further from the truth! Church broadcasts can be such a wonderful tool for shut-ins, vacationers, travelers, or the sick. While there is nothing wrong with viewing and receiving a blessing from a church broadcast, it is no substitute for meeting together. Believers need to be in the company of other believers on a regular basis.  Doing so allows us to have accountability with other like-minded people.  Attending a worship service also allows us to encourage and pray for others who may be experiencing a difficult trial.  Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Make plans to attend a worship service!

THURSDAY: Take Time to Give

Acts 20:35

The first thing that most of us think of when we see the word give is “money.” While giving back a portion to God is an essential part of the Christian life, money is not the only thing that we have to give to the Lord. We can give the Lord our time. Has God been tugging at your heart to serve in a particular ministry? Or maybe God has blessed you with a talent like working with kids, singing, or leading a Bible Study. God wants you to use your talents as an act of service and worship to him. God has created you and wired you with a certain set of talents and abilities to be used for his glory. Whatever it may be that the Lord is laying on your heart to give, be open to His leading and direction. Acts 20:35 says, “I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Pray about where God may desire for you to give and to serve.

FRIDAY: Take Time to Be Still

Psalm 46:10

I don’t know about you, but out of all the things mentioned this week, being still is one of the most difficult for me. We live in a world where everything is instant—from e-mail to oatmeal! It can be challenging to just wait for God to work situations out in His timing. We would like for things to happen right now. However, a lot of times, it doesn’t work out like that. We have to pray and wait for God for days, weeks, and sometimes years for a prayer to be answered or a situation to be resolved. Another “be still” time could come when we receive an answer, but it was not the answer we were expecting or wanting. Both of these situations require patience and trust on our part. Stay faithful as you apply these daily truths into your routine. It is in these times of waiting that we should cling to the promise of Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Ask God for help to “be still”—knowing that He is working it out for your good.