How To Have Morning Devotions

A few years back I was brought into contact with Dr. Bob Ewell who works with The Navigators. Years ago I had started building a discipleship framework that ran out for lack of… whatever. But Bob spurred me on to finishing what I had started and to begin intentional discipleship in the church. One of the first things every new believer needs to know is how to have morning devotions. In Brief the method is simple and to the point. READ the biblical text after Praying for God’s guidance with a Pen in hand. Mark anything and everything which “jumps off the page” and speaks to you. REFLECT – that is, think or meditate on what you’ve just read – turning it over in your head until you can see it’s direct application to you personally. RESPOND to God in prayer concerning one item which you’ve personally gained from. This turns your relationship with God from a monologue to a dialog. RECORD your morning experience – using a notebook, a computer or even a blog, anything that helps you to coalesce your thoughts. Write down the passage and what you heard God say in His word, and record also your action points – what you’re going to do about it. […]

I’ve been saying it over and over. But it sure is nice to hear someone else say it. The reason the good news is good, is that without it the news is very very bad.

If we want to share Christ effectively, we must give the Bad News before we give the Good News. It is the Bad News about sin and judgment that makes the Good News of Jesus so powerful.

Here’s the context.Lutzer Bad News Before the Good News

via What’s Wrong with the American Church.