Isn’t this an adorable picture?
By far the practice of reading the bible through each year will do more than anything else to enhance your prayer life, activate your meditation or thought life, and . . .
motivate your worship life.
“This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book” John Bunyan (Author of Pilgrim’s Progress)
“A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none.
The Spirit breathes upon the Word
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.” – William Cowper
Listen to Dan Allender’s podcast regarding how to discern the voices in our heads (see below).
In my book Embracing Your Identity in Christ: Renouncing Lies and Foolish Strategies, I wrote:
“An interpretation war has existed since the time the ancient serpent tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. After the fall, this interpretation war grew much more complex as people did not turn to God for meaning and answers to life’s basic questions. There is a real battle that rages in the heart of every Christian. It is an interpretation war about his or her identity. This is where the world and the devil seek to kill, steal, and destroy us. This is where the interpretation war takes place each and every day.
One’s central condemning thought (CCT) is furnished readily by evil to interpret painful events in our lives. It offers an explanation for why there was relational damage, and it can trigger an autonomous vow to never let it happen again. An identity built on a condemning thought can rule a Christian for many years, instead of the gospel. This is because our default mode is to overcome condemnation by self-improvement efforts to prove the lie is a lie. One’s CCT triggers a personal strategy of Christian performance that leads to patterns of burnout, surrender, and repeat performances. Why are we so vulnerable to this? Simply put: we tend to base our sense of our identities upon our Christian performance, rather than resting on the performance of another— namely, Jesus Christ’s perfect thirty-three-year life of righteousness.”
Here is another resource to consider how to discern the messages in our heads; namely, Dan Allender’s short video: https://theallendercenter.org/resources/video/discerning-the-voices/
On the present moment
“Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.” It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.”
From The Weight of Glory
Compiled in Words to Live By
The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.