Today and everyday
“Today, if he will hear his voice, harden not your hearts….” Heb. 3:7-8
Today and everyday matter. What you do today and everyday will define your life. Live one day at a time, for that is the secret of impactful living.The secret of a great and impactful life is in daily routine. What you do everyday will cumulate in the type of life you will live. Your worth and impact in life will largely be determined by what you do every day. Therefore, make sure you do these everyday, if you hope to amount to anything with God and with people.
• Fellowship with God in prayer everyday
You must seek His face before anything. You must fellowship with Him in private and personal prayers. You must spend time in His presence, so as to receive the grace, strength, power and enablement to live for Him. Kneeling before God everyday makes you able to stand before any man. Luke 6:12. Mark 1:35.
• Read, study the Bible everyday
It’s crucial and important that you hide His word in your heart everyday before anything else. Take time to read and study the Bible systematically. You may use a devotional or simple Bible reading plan. Psalm 119:9,11
• Praise the Lord everyday
Show gratitude and appreciation to the Lord everyday. Come to His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise for Who He is, what He has done, doing, and will continue to do. Show His wonderful works and loudly praise His name.
• Listen to mentors/teachers everyday
Learn from your Bible teachers or mentors. Listen to quality tapes, advices and counsel from Godly mentors, who can speak God’s very words into your life.
• Read quality books everyday
Reading opens you up to the revelations that God gives to others. It exposes you, edifies and impacts you in no small measure. Create time to read others, if truly you want others to read you later in life.
• Deny yourself everyday
Don’t allow your flesh to rule and dominate you. Say no to fleshly desires and live a disciplined life. Don’t over-indulge and pamper yourself. If you are a slave of your feelings, emotions and appetites, then you will kill yourself in installments. Practice Spartan disciple in your life, because that will serve you in good stead in later life. Self-indulgent living is death, while self-disciplined life is the right lifestyle.
• Forgive someone everyday
Learn to practise daily forgiveness. Learn to release people from your heart. Don’t hold on to malice, hurts and injuries. Teach your heart to forgive and forbear with your friend, husband, wife, children and colleagues. It’s what you must do everyday.
• Pursue purpose everyday
Find out God’s purpose for your life and pursue it everyday. You are not a mistake or here by happenstance. God has a plan for your life and you exist for His glory. So, seek His purpose for bringing you to this life and spend everyday pursuing that purpose in His strength.
• Seek His leading everyday
Stop living the way you want, but the ways He wants for you. Therefore, seek His guidance and leading of His Spirit in everything. Commit your ways and works into His hand and He will direct your paths. It’s in His leadership you will find fulfilment and joy.
• Develop yourself everyday
Seek to improve in every area of your life. Don’t be contented with who you are yesterday. Seek to be better today, not in competition with others, but with yourself. You must grow today, to better your yesterday. Invest in your personal development, so that you can grab hold of your better future.
Dr. Bola Akin-John International Church Growth Ministry
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