Discipleship Guide- Spending time with God pt. II
What we believe: Spending time with God is a priority. Sometimes we call this our quiet time or our devotional life. We must learn to spend intentional time in the presence of our Lord.
· Psalms 27:4,8 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face: my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
· Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.” What an amazing promise from God! If we seek His Kingdom and the way He does things, everything else will be added unto us. So, QUIET TIME is entering into the presence of the Lord. It is waking each morning, setting aside time to seek the Lord.
· Psalms 100:4 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
We encourage you to set up a room, a secret place, where you specifically go to meet with the Lord. It can be your clothes closet, a petitioned off part of your room, etc. Pray and ask the Lord where He would like to dwell. Ask Him what He would like it to look like. Decorate it. Make sure you have your Bible (we recommend the One Year Bible (NLT) to begin with), a pen, journal, concordance, and a lamp situated in your secret room. As you begin to seek His face, ask Him a question. Ex: Who do You want me to know You as? Who am I to You? If you are used to making a list, go ahead and make it but leave it outside your prayer closet. You can pray that later. The Lord wants your undivided attention on Him during this time. Lie on the floor, fall at His feet, stand with hands raised, whatever position you feel He is leading you to. Then begin telling God Who He is. If you need to start with the alphabet, A = awesome, B=beautiful, C=caring, etc, do that. Just let Him know how great He is. Really think about Who He is. If your mind starts to wander, just bring it back to Him and Who He is. The more you concentrate on Him and Who He is, the less your mind will wander. It will be consumed by thoughts of Him. As you are telling Him Who He is, listen to that still small sound in your heart. You will begin hearing words He is saying to you. “Look” at those words. Do what you see. Write those words down in your journal to meditate on later. But continue worshipping Him. When you feel like He is finished, meditate on what words He has given you. It may be names of people, it may be specific scriptures, it may be dreams, but get your Bible out and begin reading. He is faithful!
· Matthew 6:6 says that we should enter into the closet (our secret place) to meet with the Lord because He is in the secret place. Be assured as you go into your secret place that the Lord is there already, waiting on you!
Don’t forget to journal everything He reveals to you. You think you won’t forget, but you will. Remember everything He gives you is to give away. People you come in contact with during the day will need what you have received that morning. Don’t be ashamed to share the Kingdom with them. The Lord gives so that we may pour out.
Things to do:
Ask each person if they have a quiet time and if so what it looks like. NO CONDEMNATION. We are here to learn. Disciplines begin with habits. Habits become passions. Encourage. Share your QUIET TIME experiences. Let your testimony of Jesus become the Spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10). Let them see what it means to you to meet with your Lord. Your passion for the QUIET PLACE will start a fire in them. Show them your journal. Tell them how you record your experiences. Encourage them to set up a room. Have each one share their phone number and email address. Encourage them to communicate with EACH OTHER. Stress that discipleship IS NOT counseling. Encourage them to pray before they seek guidance or answers from anyone else. Holy Spirit is their leader, their teacher, their counselor, their guide, their best friend.