I remember as a kid growing up in church, there were two people that really helped build my eagerness for ‘the Word’ – James and Kiralee our Kids leaders! One particular weekend they turned our memory verse, 2 Timothy 3:16 in to a song. Little did they know that, all these years later that, that verse would be still be resounding within me.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
In worship, how do you know you’re leading people to the presence of God, if you’ve never been there yourself? Your own personal devotion or your secret place is totally where worship should start.
There’s nothing quite like an on your knees, carpet worn sort of worship. I’ve found having my “secret place” time I receive direction for the journey ahead, inspiration for speaking encouragement over people and reassurance that as soon as the first song starts for a service, on Sunday, that someone’s life will never be the same again.
What does my quiet time look like? Well, good question, thanks for asking. I try and make it simple, meaning, not complicated. Some things I like to include:
– Bible – Every time I read the Word, it’s always applicable.
– Worship music (essential for me) – I love hearing the voice of God through song and seeing how it’s changing my life.
– Fervent intercession aka prayer – To me giving thanks to God and waging war against the devil on other people’s behalf, puts the devil in his place.
– Reading excerpts from Christian books – Continuing to glean from men and woman in the faith that have done the journey longer than I have, gives me great encouragement for my journey.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 (NKJV)
My encouragement when it comes to YOUR devotion is, be real. You can’t counterfeit the presence of God. Stay girded in the Word. If you take the time to ready yourself, you’ll be ready to pour out, and worship out of your overflow.
I like to say this to myself often: “Even five minutes a day, keeps the devil away.”