I think the most common New Year’s resolution I made while growing up, besides “Lose those extra pounds”, was “Read my Bible more consistently”. But a few years ago I stopped making that resolution. It wasn’t because I read my Bible 365 days a year without fail. It obviously wasn’t because I didn’t see a need to read my Bible consistently.
Rather, I replaced “Read my Bible more consistently” with a thorough spiritual evaluation.
You see, we can read the Bible 365 days a year without fail, but if we don’t apply what we read, it is of little value. Just as in school – knowledge without application is useless. One is not hired based on knowledge, but ability and capability – the capability and experience of applying their knowledge.
The first thing I do is to make sure I am gaining knowledge of God’s Word with a solid accountability structure in place.
For the past 3 1/2 years I have participated in Good Morning Girls’ studies. Their studies are simple, solid, and the accountability structure is solid. Not only that, they are adaptable to every walk of life. You can spend as much time as you have doing these studies. I have found them particularly helpful at this stage of my life with little babies, teething, and very little sleep.
But, in addition to gaining knowledge of God’s Word, I know I must do something with what I know! I can’t allow my mind to become a Dead Sea of information about God, without really building a relationship with God and really knowing God!
Thus, each year I evaluate my spiritual life. I ask myself some tough questions and then map out a set of goals that will help me grow and go forward spiritually.
You see, no Christian just stands still. Life moves forward, and if you’re not moving forward, you are moving backward. There is no such thing as a static Christian!
Here are the questions I am asking myself this year
Becoming Intentionally Spiritual in 2014
1. How consistent am I in the Word?
2. How consistent am I in prayer?
3. How consistent am I in memorizing and meditating?
4. How consistent am I in giving (tithes, offerings, money, and things)?
5. Rate my prayer life on a scale of 1-10.
6 . Have I allowed a person, activity or thing to come between God and me and my time with Him?
7. Have I completed the last thing God has told me to do?
8. Did I meet last year’s goals?
9. What are 3 areas where I need to grow stronger? Of those 3, which is the most urgent?
10. Set 3 goals that will help me grow stronger in that area.
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