Quality Time

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)  I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

God is not going to ask me to do something and then not give me the power to complete it. A few weeks ago I did a post called, “Where is your spot?” I wrote about the importance of having a spot that you can go to throughout the day and spend time with God. My spot just so happens to be in my living room. It is a room that I spend quality time fellowshipping with God. It is also the room (in our house) that holds what influences our lives, if we let it, a television. I remember the days when we did not have televisions in every room like we do now. Now we walk and have the ability to watch whatever we want with our phones!

The things we meditate on, spend time with, is what we will become. The more we spend time with it…the more we allow it to become a part of our thoughts, attitude and behavior. We are all doing to do two things: 1) we are either going to influence or 2) we are going to be influenced. Influence defined is “the power to change or affect someone or something; it is the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen. The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

God wants to have an open door to come into “Living Room” and remodel what we are allowing to influence our lives. Our success in life is dependent on what we meditate on and observe. The Word of God tells us to think on good things, things that build us up and not tear us down. The things we meditate on and observe will influence our thoughts, our thoughts affect our words, our words precede our actions and our actions define our life.

Philippians 4:8-9 (AMP)  Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].  The things which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things [in daily life], and the God [who is the source] of peace and well-being will be with you.

Guard the gate to your heart. Gates allow or stop things coming in and our of our hearts of our home. There are two very important gates: 1) the eye gate, and 2) the ear gate. The things we allow in these gates will either help build or destroy our house. A city can have great walls around it, but if the gates are not guarded (no matter how great the walls are) the enemy has free access to enter.

This was a needed reminder for me as I like to binge watch shows on Netflix. When we are at a restaurant, how many times do I pick up my phone to look at Instagram? This was just came to my mind this morning to help me get back on focus. Getting back to my living room as a place of fellowship. I pray this blesses you as well!

Where is your spot?

In our homes we have many rooms, but there is one room you spend most of your time in. For me it is my living room. We have a separate “Man Cave” that my husband likes to spend his time in, but I have a room right in the middle of the house that lets the sun it. You could say it is the brightest room in the house. I can sit and read for hours in that room. At night it is the room that I curl up and watch a movie with my thirteen year old (my seventeen year old has gotten into online gaming and spend his nights in his room now). I have a “spot” on the couch that I sit in. When I get up, my son or the dog likes to get into the “spot.”

This is the “spot” that I do my daily reading and prayer. Do you have a “spot” that you have separated for this very purpose? In my “spot” I have books and highlighters placed on a table in front of me. They remain there so that I do not have to gather them daily.

It was not always like that for me. I knew what Joshua 1:8 said, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful. (AMP)” How much effort do we actually put into the study of the Word? We may go and listen to the preacher, listen to sermons on a podcast and occasionally read the Bible, but have we actually made reading the Word a major part of our lives? I know personally I could do better. Let us face it, most of us are lazy (I even nap daily in my spot), and want things just handed to us; however, that is not the way things work in the Kingdom. Honestly, if we are not willing to put into it, we should not expect much out of it.

Psalm 1:1-2 (AMP) Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers). But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.

How much time do we actually spend thinking about the Word of God? If we are having areas of problems in our life, the answer to this question might be a reason why. A lazy mindset is a true setup for failure. The lazy mindset that the Israelites had was one of the things that kept them in the wilderness for forty years making an eleven day trip. People who always have to have someone else pushing them will never really do anything great. Those who only do the right thing when someone is watching will not get very far either. We must be motivated from within, not from without. We must live our lives before God, knowing that He sees all and that our reward will come from Him if we persist in doing what He has asked us to do.

Take action today, take a step today and respond to the call to spend time in His Word. Learn and grow in the knowledge of God!

Isaiah 26:3 (AMP) “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].