As Christians, the first thing that comes to our mind when we hear devotion is what we do the moment we wake up in the morning which to a large extent is true. There is nothing as important as spending time with God before heading out to pursue the day’s activities. However, devotion should not be limited to just a morning event. it should span through the day.
The issue is that we have all conditioned our minds to a particular pattern that our devotion should look like. For me, I knew it in this pattern: Opening prayer, singing of choruses, read the Bible along with a devotional for the day and then end it with prayer. I didn’t think I was communing with God if i didn’t adhere strictly to that pattern.
Now I know better. I can be at work, in the bus, on the road and yet be in tune with the Spirit. Now, don’t get me wrong. Creating time apart to spend with God in a quiet place is very important. Men are made in the secret. However, God wants us to get addicted to a lifestyle of communion even after we have had our devotion before the start of the day. So today, I want to share five tools that I use to keep my devotion active and creative.
1. YouVersion App.
This app is one beautiful place where you find devotions that addresses different issues. When I’m blank on where to begin my bible study from, YouVersion gives me the inspiration that I need. You can find devotional plans that lasts between 3 days and a year.
One good benefit that I have gained from the App is the fact that I can save more than one devotional plan at a time such that even after my devotion in the morning, I can read from other plans later in the day. If for any reason I need access to a plan that I have completed, I can locate them easily. The topics are broad, interesting and enlightening. Because I get bored easily, most of the devotionals I pick last between 3 and 7 days. Some of the plans on YouVersion that have helped my spiritual walk include: The Confident Woman, Learning Spiritual discipline, Study on Romans, Experiencing God’s Renewal, Breathe Spiritual Passion into Marriage and many others There is also an option for daily reminder which monitors your progress. YouVersion is an interesting place to visit.
2. Bible Translations.
Before now, The King James Version was the only translation I used for my devotion until I attended a meeting by Bro Gbile Akanni and I was amazed at the way those different translations opened my heart to a better understanding of the word. Let me share two of my favourite scriptures from these two translations.
….For His sake I have lost everything and consider it garbage, so that I may gain Christ and may be found in Him (believing and relying on him), not having any righteousness of my own derived from my own obedience to the law and its rituals, but (possessing) that (genuine righteousness) which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. That I may know Him (experientially becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely) and (in the same way experience) the power of His resurrection (which overflows and is active in believers)….Philippians 4: 8,9
… So if you are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ resides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ- that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective… Colossians 3: 1,2
There are days when I am so weak, I cannot utter a word of prayer. There are times I would feel so hungry for the word and when I pick up my bible, I wouldn’t understand anything especially when my mind is agitated or my mood is sour. On some of those days, I just visit the sermons I saved offline on my Youtube app and allow the God’s word through the lips of His servants flow through me. I have specific preachers I feed from. I do not just save any sermon offline especially now that all sorts of doctrines are spreading around. I subscribed to their Youtube channel and get notified of new sermons. This is what I spend the bulk of my data doing and it’s worth it. So in the office when I have some time to myself, I shut out of the natural world and with my ear piece, I listen and meditate. On many occasions, it has pulled me out of my depressed state and built my faith.
I have a notepad where I scribble down scriptures and thoughts during and after my devotion. It’s a very small notepad which I can easily carry around. I can retrieve scriptures that touched my heart and it gives me room for meditation.
Do you know by listening to gospel songs, you are also communing with God? There are mornings I start with listening to a song before setting out to read the Word. At other times I listened after reading the Word, especially if the song relates to a passage I have read that morning.. However, this shouldn’t replace raising our voices to worship God in the spirit, in the quietness of our hearts. Some of my favourite artistes whose songs are usually on repeat include: Lauren Daigle, Hillsong, Steve Crowns and Nathaniel Bassey.
What tools do you use for your devotion. Do you mind sharing any with me in the comment section?