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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 28)

I love being retired! I recommend retirement to all my friends, even the young ones who have years to go before they . . . sleep . . . or nap! Being retired gives me sufficient time to pursue what I believe to be a godly routine. And pursuing that routine is a blessing.

It’s not a blessing for my unsaved friend Mike (although I’m sure he has a routine he follows each day). Life is not meant to be lived 100% spontaneously. We need routine. We need habits which we pursue. We need discipline to make good choices with our time and energy. I grieve for my lost friends, for they —

28. THEY DON’T HAVE A GODLY ROUTINE!

Here’s a brief summary of my morning routine. I wake up about 5 or 5:30 am (which means I have to get in bed by 9 or 9:30 pm the night before), make my first cup of coffee, and settle into my LazyBoy. I quickly check my email, our Amazon account (we sell about ten used books a day), and then make my chess moves on chess.com (I lose internationally). I then dive into my devotional reading.

My friend Frank and I have been reading the same Bible passage together each week for the last couple of years. Our practice has been explained in my blog here. I have another small group of brothers that read a different chapter of Scripture every day, so I have to read that second assignment. I write out my prayer for the day (in Keynote) and am then finished with my daily devotional reading. Recently I’ve spent a few minutes reading a page or two from the book The Intellectual Devotional. I’m then free to work on sermons or my blog or emails.

My wife Linda wakes up about 6:30 am or 7 am and when she comes into our sun room, I kiss her good morning and ask the same question every day, “Would you like a cup of coffee?” And she always says “Yes, as a matter of fact, I would!” After she’s woken up a bit, I take my shower, weigh myself (she says she wants to see less of me), and then report my weight to my wife. My morning ritual is done when she and I sit on the couch and pray together.

My friend Mike doesn’t have this godly routine. As far as I know, he doesn’t read God’s Word, he doesn’t write out his prayer for the day, he doesn’t pray with his wife. He probably just has his breakfast, maybe cycles a few miles on his Peloton, greets his family, and goes to work. That’s not bad, but he’s missing the kind of godly routine that allows God the Holy Spirit to change his life, reorder his priorities, make him more like Jesus.

We’re really talking about what are called the spiritual disciplines. These include meditation, solitude, worship, prayer, Bible reading, etc. Acts 2:42 tells us the early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

My friend Mike has no reason to pursue the spiritual disciplines or a godly routine, for he is not yet in the family of God. But, maybe, one day he will be!

How do I pray for my unsaved friend? First, I pray for myself that I would settle into a godly routine that exalts God’s Word and opens my heart and life to God the Holy Spirit for needed change. Then I pray for my friend to come to Christ and, perhaps, for opportunities to share with him what I’ve learned from God’s Word that morning! (to be continued)

 

 

 
 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Habits)

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Habits)

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2021 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Habits)

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes

 

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J.I. Packer on Forming Holy Habits (Time for a Great Quote)

J.I. Packer writes, “By the Spirit’s enabling, Christians resolve to do particular things that are right, and actually do them, and thus form habits of doing right things, and out of these habits comes a character that is right.”

He later adds, “Holiness teaching that skips over disciplined persistence in the well-doing that forms holy habits is thus weak; habit forming is the Spirit’s ordinary way of leading us on in holiness.” J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit (Old Tappan: Fleming H. Revell, 1984), p. 108-9.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in habits

 

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Ten Holy Habits — My Sermon for the New Year! (a bit late)

Friends:  I preached this message at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel as the New Year (2018) unfolded.  Let me know if you find it useful.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2018 in habits

 

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One Strange Habit of Advancing Age!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in old age

 

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Getting Ready for the New Year! 2018!

It’s hard to believe that another year is here already! I want to become a better follower of Jesus in this New Year.  How about you?

Someone has said of New Year’s Resolutions: “One resolve is like another — in one year and out the other!”  I believe in New Year’s Resolutions IF they are seen as promises which we seek to develop into habits.  We are creatures of habit, so we are told.  And I want to work on ten specific habits this year to go deeper in my life with Jesus and with others.

Someone named Dr. Rob Gilbert said of habits; “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” The noted spiritual leader Thomas à Kempis said: “Blessed is the man who can set aside all distraction . . . Act with courage, for habit is broken by habit.”

Here are the ten habits I want to work on in this New Year:  Getting into God’s Word, Getting Serious about Prayer, Developing an Attitude of Thankfulness, Practicing Solitude, Sharing Jesus with Others, Growing in My Friendship Skills, Being Quick to Forgive, Cultivating a Spirit of Submission, Being Willing to Apologize, and Evaluating My Progress.  WHEW!  That’s a lot to work on.  But He is a Savior who is worthy of all my effort.

How about you?  What are you going to work on this year?

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in New Year's Resolutions

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 119): Part 7

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49 Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in the book of Psalms

 

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