Ask any of my students to tell you something I say every single time I preach and they will almost certainly tell you, “Read your Bible and Pray.” There is no question, I am going to say it! Why? Because there is power in being consistent. There is power in doing what you know to do every single time.
I know that if I keep saying it, they might start doing it. For the Christian there is nothing we should do more consistently than opening up our Bible and reading it. Shutting the door to our prayer closet and seeking the heart of God.
Many of us know the promises of God and believe we will receive them. A few promises we love to boast about are His peace, provision and joy. Yet, many of us approach our devotional life with inconsistency and get discouraged when we aren’t experiencing what we believe we as Christians are entitled to. Some times we even conclude that our beliefs must be wrong or we blame God in frustration for not keeping His word.
We often forget that many of the promises in scripture are conditional and dependent upon us doing our part.
Psalm 37:4-6 (NLT) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:7 (NLT) Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
In these scriptures we can see some amazing promise; God will give you the desires of your heart, He will help you, He will act on your behalf. However, if we do not delight in the Lord, if we don’t commit everything we do to the Lord, if we don’t Trust Him then should we expect to receive the fulfillment of those promises? No!
If we want to consistently walk in the promises of scripture, we must consistently live as the scripture instructs us to live. Josuha 1:8 is so much more than just a moving scripture.
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
It is a lesson in the power of consistency! If we do what is right day and night, every day, regardless of circumstance or emotion we can be sure He will provide for us and keep His promises!
The power of consistency is an essential aspect of our faith. This is a principle so powerful that it applies to every area of life. In fact, it is an essential key to success. If you consistently study, consistently work hard, consistently tend to your garden, consistently put on a good attitude, you will experience amazing long term results.
Even the smallest action (positive or negative) done consistently over time will have powerful results in your life! So I would challenge you today to examine your habits. Do you have a daily devotional time with Jesus? Do you consistently choose to turn from sin? Do you work hard or find yourself slacking?
Recently I read Proverbs 10:4 which says, “Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.” (NLT) There is great truth in the principle. Hard work is the key to all we do, and hard work done consistently will lead to success. Shake off your laziness. Shake off your apathy and pursue God and His dreams for your life!