"Strengthen yourselves so that you will live here on earth doing what God wants, not the evil things people want." (1 Peter 4:2 NCV)
What are you doing to fortify your faith? Here are just a few things you could be doing:
Study the Bible. We need to make his Word a part of our lives. God’s Word is inspired, and it will help you to be fully equipped to do everything he wants you to do.
Maintain a quiet time. How are you doing with your quiet time? For some of you, that's a guilt-inducing statement. I think that may be because you're trying to have a quiet time like someone taught you long ago, but the method you were taught doesn't fit the way God shaped you. What do you need to do to spend some daily time in God's Word?
Read Christian books. Do yourself a favor, and learn all you can. Keep feeding your soul with what other believers have to say. If all I do is study the Bible for myself and don’t listen to what other believers have to say about it, I'm not gaining from the wisdom and experience of other believers.
Keep your testimony fresh. What is God doing in your life? When was the last time you wrote out your testimony? If you write it out, God will give you the chance to share it. When you share your testimony with others, it fortifies your faith.
Be faithful to a small group of believers. The Bible says we should "encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11a NIV). We are in a marathon of faith, and we need to run together. We need the support and encouragement of other believers.
Talk About It
- What is your plan for regular Bible study?
- Talk with your small group, and make a list of great Christian books to read.
- Take time this week to write out your testimony. It doesn't have to be long. Share it with some Christian friends so they can help you focus what you're trying to say.
- Talk about ways to encourage each other in your small group.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.