This past Saturday I shared one of the things that "lure" me away from time with God in the morning. I have battled laziness, staying up too late, the "need" to check my email or social media, or just a crummy attitude. I'm glad I've addressed most of these, I'm learning and growing on a daily basis so none of these have stopped being a temptation.
James tells us temptations don't come from God, but from satan. It is what we do with these temptations. If we are tempted, in truth, we are dragged and enticed by our own selfish wants away from God. This is Biblical folks.
"When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;,and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." James 1:13-15
My true confession was my desire, addiction, and biting on the lure satan put before me to play Bubblemania on my KindleFire! Oh yeah, nothing holy or spiritual going on there, just a lot of mindless bubble popping yet I could waste hours trying to beat this level.
Instead of waking up in the morning to "Exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world." as Lysa TerKeurst suggests, a typical morning will find me starting the coffee, reading this quote that I wrote on my wall (yes, I used a black sharpie and wrote it on the wall over my sink as a reminder), and then grabbing my Kindle for a "quick" game.
Instead of grabbing my Kindle and opening Bubblemania, I should be opening my Bible and absorbing some much needed truth, love, guidance, teaching, and knowledge. To pop bubbles doesn't use my brain, requires not thought, and wastes time.
God's Word, the Bible, doesn't go out void.
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
If you are like me and the minutes in your morning are busy and full right up until the bus comes and you leave for work, try a good devotional. I am moving these from the table next to my glider to the kitchen today. Instead of popping bubbles as coffee brews, I'm popping some verses and devotion into my heart.
I am a creature of habit and prefer my quiet time in the morning yet my schedule doesn't seem to allow this lately so I need to change the way I organize and utilize the time spent both in the morning and evening. Instead of doing my devotions before my Bible reading and quiet time, the devotions will kick-start my day and the Bible reading and quiet time...will end it before I close my eyes at night. Life is about change...will you pop bubbles or change? I choose to change.
(And maybe I'll even fold the clean towels, lol)
The choice is ours...what is your true confession luring you away from a few moments with God in the morning?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323