The Secret to Staying Connected
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:7-9 NLT
These words were spoken by God to Joshua when he replaced Moses as the leader of Israel. They are words for us today as well. When we return to God’s Word with an obedient heart, there will always be a fresh boldness that comes over us.
Recently, I have become interested in the ministry of Billy Sunday. He was a professional baseball player that had an encounter with God and left baseball to become an evangelist. During his day, he preached to more people than anyone alive. His crusades drew thousands. And in a day when there were no microphones to transmit your voice, Billy Sunday would speak to thousands.
Once, he was asked his secret to staying connected with God and faithful to his calling. He responded that early on in his faith journey, he developed three simple practices he maintained every day. He attributed his successful ministry to three simple habits. Every day, he spent 15 minutes listening to God through reading the Bible. Then he spent 15 minutes talking to God in prayer. And, finally, he spent 15 minutes every day talking to someone about God.
Think about that—15 minutes listening to God, talking to God, and talking about God.
I know several believers who spend more than 15 minutes in their Bible reading and prayer time but never talk to anyone about God. They are constantly wanting to study the Bible and pray but never share Jesus with anyone outside their faith.
I know that for me personally, I don’t spend 15 minutes a day talking to someone else about Jesus. I am praying that God will give me more opportunities—or maybe that I will be better at seeing the opportunities He gives me.
Holy Spirit, today I ask for the boldness You promised to Joshua. Boldness to be obedient to Your Word and to share Your love with others. Help me to see the opportunities You give that I often overlook.
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