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02 January 2007

Time for Cleaning....

5:51 PM Posted by steve flores 2 comments
The last few weeks have been incredible, but they haven’t come without its fair share of heartache and some difficulty. Thank you, God, for Your word that guides me through the details and at times difficulties of life. It provides a solid foundation, when at times my emotions seem to speak louder.

What can I say, my parents have a new truck—a true miracle of God,

Nat and I bought a home—and all the work that goes with it and my family was all together for Christmas—the first time in a long time that I can remember. God has been really good!

My scripture for the week is James 1:21,
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls.

God, reveal the evil and filthy things in my life, so that I may confess them to you and strive to live a holy life. Keep your Word planted and rooted in my heart to keep me from dirtying up my life again. What a way to start my year Lord, a clean up and out. It’s time to clean this week….

I mentioned in my last blog that I would tell you how my weekly Bible reading was mapped out. Some time back I chose a book in the Bible to read, James. I’ve found that my Bible reading, over time, became assignment driven. I wanted to make it fresh again, so I changed it up at the beginning of November. I am still in the first chapter of James!!! No longer am I trying to complete an assignment—I’m seeing God’s Word unfold though opportunities around me. It’s powerful.

Choose a book
You can work through James like me or you can choose a book on you own. (my suggestion is stay in the New Testament for now—all the 1st, 2nd, 3rd books, James, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, etc)

Get your passage
Start at verse one of chapter one and go from there. DON’T CHAPTER/VERSE JUMP. Try not to tackle a whole chapter—it may be that you only hold onto a verse or two a week. (Even better! It’s easier to remember throughout the day!)
Here’s what it looked like for me:
November - James
Week one: 1:1
Week two: 1:2-4
Week three: 1:5-6
Week four: 1:7-8….and so on

Read/Pray it every day of the week
This is very important. Just like any other discipline, if you don’t regularly do it, it’s just a fleeting desire. It won’t become important to you.

Each day I read my verse for the week and through out the day I am constantly speaking the scripture. It helps to commit it to memory, helps me stay connected with God through out the day, and find opportunities where His Word is revealed, sometimes daily, but always weekly!

Keep alert
I used to look for opportunities to apply God’s Word to. Now I find that I have changed my perspective. I am now using His word to see the opportunities that have already existed. So when you read your verse, keep your heart, mind and eyes alert, because He could use that verse to deeply speak to you or better yet use you to speak His word to someone else—it will happen.

Journal your experience
This is just as important. Most people don’t take the time to journal their thoughts, experiences, or feelings and then once again they become fleeting. Not that they weren’t special, but it’s a great memory to look back on. So take about 5 mins and journal. It doesn’t have to be anything big. It doesn’t even have to be daily, but do something. You’ll be glad you did.