Personal Devotion IS Quiet Time
Big and Exciting News! The first in my "Keep It Simple Saints (K.I.S.S.) - Personal Devotion releases July 5. It can be ordered at a pre-release discount.
Christian leaders of another era used the phrase, “Quiet Time,” to speak of what we call “Personal Devotion.” Quiet Time is a fitting name. During the personal time we spend with Jesus there needs to be quiet.
Not just the quiet where there is no sound. Instead, the quiet where we are living out: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) This sort of quiet is a quiet of spirit, mind and emotion. Turmoil is gone. It is as though the master has said, “Peace, be still.”
Still Your Mind
Finding such quiet begins with stilling our minds. It is to abandon our “to-do list” in order to spend time with ONE. The ONE! You know the ONE. Mental stillness is not easy in the rat race world. How can you become "still" in order to know afresh that the Lord Jesus Christ is God?
- Becoming mentally still begins with considering yesterday retrospectively.
- Becoming mentally still requires turning off the tech gizmos that are constantly ringing, dinging, and squealing for your attention.
- Becoming mentally benefits from having a notepad nearby. Many tasks will come to mind as you prepare to converse with Jesus. These are intended as a distraction. Instead, write such things down. When the tasks are on paper your mind can release them.
Still Your Spirit
Your spirit can be agitated. Often, to calm our human spirit requires divine intervention. If your spirit is restless. Rolling and tumbling moving about like the sea during a storm, take your disquiet to Jesus.
Doesn’t His word advise you to: Be careful (worrying) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
It is impossible to successfully interact with another person, or with God while the mind is agitated. Stilling your spirit must be addressed before any other aspect of prayer can come.
Father, I’m troubled as I come to you.
My spirit is being tossed too and fro.
I need some quiet time with You.
Take the things I’m fretting about away. In Jesus’ name,
I ask that you let me find quietness in my spirit.
When you pray it in Jesus' name accept it. Move forward accepting that stillness will settle over your spirit.
Please help someone else by making a comment about how you find inner stillness.
Information Re: Keep It Simple Saints (K.I.S.S.)
The series Keep it Simple Saints or K.I.S.S. has been in me for some years. the K.I.S.S. series is prompted by two things:
- As a Christian leader, I often assumed people knew how to do things they'd been asked to do. I came to realize this was often not the case.
- The need for simple, easy to understand, and application-oriented material that was hands-on and not having so many pages as to put some people off.
Each K.I.S.S. book will be less than fifty pages long. There will be fill-in-the-blanks that draw attention to scripture on the topic. Where applicable the book will provide a simple assessment tool. The books will be "how-to" in nature.
Our price-point will be low enough to make them accessible as an e-book or in print. Since this material is needed by every Christian, a bulk discount is available for pastors, churches, small groups, and religious organizations.
For religious organizations and churches, we offer "co-branding." Co-branding allows the local church or organization to have their own logo, as well as a letter from a pastor or leader.
Future K.I.S.S. Books
Remember the first in my "Keep It Simple Saints (K.I.S.S.) - Personal Devotion releases July 5. It can be ordered at a pre-release discount. The discount is 20%. Making your price $7.99.
The goal is to release an additional K.I.S.S. book every two months. The next K.I.S.S. book releases in September. It will be K.I.S.S. - Reading the Bible for Yourself. Other K.I.S.S. will address: Biblical Meditation, Prayer - Beyond Devotion, Intercession, Studying the Bible for Yourself, Speaking in Tongues, Giving, Tithing, Dealing with Rejection, Living Righteously, Holiness, Pride, Gossip, Spiritual Warfare and more.
Almost 100 topics are on the current list. If you have a suggestion for a topic or feel a particular topic should be prioritized let me know below or by email.
As said at the top of the blog, I'm excited about the K.I.S.S. series. The content will be practical and obtainable.
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