Monday, July 27, 2015

Avoiding the Apple: Day 1 Giving God your Best Fruits

Introducing a New Series: Avoiding the Apple

So, as I mentioned last week I started doing devotions every morning for 7 days straight, and they have greatly improved my heart, mind, and sprit. I used various methods for my devotion all of which offered me great bible verses, food for thought, and practical plans of action that I felt instead of moving on to Day 8, I should delve deeper and share here, as I listen to a little Smokie Norful Pandora.

So what might I call this devotional recap? What better for my Don't Bite the Apple Eve readers than....Avoiding the Apple :) 

Day 1: Giving God the Best Fruits of Your Day 

This is the video I began with, and I loved it because it made me ask myself some tough questions that needed to be at the forefront of Day 1.

Key Points 
1. Is God an afterthought or your first thought?

  • Many times we like to believe that because God "knows our heart" we don't have to do things like go to church or do devotion because we think about God all day or pray every night. BUT doing these things can only strengthen your walk and your heart. 
  •  Ask yourself, what do I spend most of my time doing? What do I look forward to doing when I first wake up, what is my routine? 
  • Give God a place in your daily, weekly and monthly routine. You may not like church , but there are plenty of sermons and scriptures online that you can use to help show yourself and God that he is first, and most important maybe even more so than just attending church.

2.What will you leave so your loved ones will know how to follow God when your gone?

2 Peter 1: 12-15 Because the stakes are so high, even though you're up-to-date on all this truth and practice it inside and out, I'm not going to let up for a minute in calling you to attention before it. 
13 This is the post to which I've been assigned - keeping you alert with frequent reminders - and I'm sticking to it as long as I live. 
14 I know that I'm to die soon; the Master has made that quite clear to me. 
15 And so I am especially eager that you have all this down in black and white so that after I die, you'll have it for ready reference. 
  • As followers of Christ we take on the role of a parent, teacher, and friend. Meaning that what we do should be a reflection of what Christ ask us to do.
  • Helping bring others to him is the goal, so what will people say about you if you left today? 
  • Let your light shine!
3. A fool listens to himself and thinks he's right, but a wise person seeks council.

  • The only way to become stronger in the word is too....READ IT! Meditate on what you have learned and read versions like The Message that may explain it better for you.
  • Older people are wiser people, they don't know it all but making it up to this point in life they have seen a lot of pain, happiness, and love so their advice should be heard. 
  • Who's the first person you call when something happens bad or good? Lean on the lord for understanding and always thank him first!

In Conclusion: Slow down and praise him daily

Giving God the best fruits of my day for me meant waking up early. The precious extra moments of sleep that I didn't really need but indulged in, are now spent with my heavenly father, and it helps me wake up better than any alarm or newscast ever could. 

Maybe for you your best fruits are you breaks at work or the time in between your classes when you usually call a friend or get online. Maybe it's before bed when you watch Family Guy or listen to music, whatever it is, make sure it's truly your best because God will reward you and more importantly as I found, you will feel worth being rewarded. God Bless #DBTAE 

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