Do not Break that Routine!


Why do our thoughts deviate to some other things when we are trying to focus on accomplishing a spiritual exercise such as praying or studying the Bible? Why is it so difficult to stay focused on things that edify? Wicked spirits made it so.

More often than not, it is when we want to study the Bible or pray, with the intention to follow a routine, that we begin to receive thoughts of important, legitimate tasks (some even tend to spiritual exercises) that we ought to have done at an earlier time. Those thoughts range from a message we ought to have sent via WhatsApp to a fellowship group, a brother you ought to call for a meeting discussion, a followup you had scheduled earlier that week, to an errand you ought to have gone the previous week that you postponed. The list is unending.

Did you notice that two things are common with all the tasks listed above? First, they are all LEGITIMATE. Secondly, they OUGHT to have been done earlier but were procrastinated for one reason or the other.

The enemies against our souls are experienced, tactical, intentional, focused and very deliberate in ensuring we don't form any spiritual routine that has the ability to build us up. Why? Once we form a routine for any spiritual exercise, the Holy Spirit will potentially work with us to gradually exercise us unto righteousness and holiness.

Why is Spiritual Routine Important?

1. It shows how faithful you can be in the things of God when no one is looking. Faithfulness begins from the little things we can do well, especially when there is no one to applaud us. Scriptures says that if we are faithful in a few things will be made a ruler over many things. (Matt 25:21)

2. Spiritual routine gives you a disciplined nature. It is a way of training ourselves to do the right thing at the right time. It is also a training of putting the flesh under that we may be able to attend to spiritual things.

3. It helps to indoctrinate you. A christian should be a keeper of God's Word. Without constant study, you cannot have the Word deposited in you. This means there will be nothing in you that the Holy Spirit would be able to bring to your remembrance.

4. It trains us to trust God. Many of our 'legitimate needs/alternatives' do not seem so harmful, especially those that involve our 'working for God'. But if they compete with our time with God, and they will, we must learn to make them secondary. Trusting God involves our casting all our cares upon Him knowing that time spent with Him is precious and should be treated as such.

5. It is a way to show your love for God. Love for God is not measured by the way we feel; it is in the things we do that shows how much we love Him. Constantly spending time with God shows our love for Him. Besides, it is beautiful and refreshing to spend time with God. We all spend time with what/who we love. Why not allocate time for God and enjoy quiet moments in His presence?

Now, when you have scheduled time to pray or study:

·      Resist the urge to make that call!

·      Refuse to look at your phone for that message that just dropped!

·       Tell yourself that visit/task can wait till you complete your exercise of studying or reading!

·      Try to forget about every other thing for that moment. They can wait; and they will if you make them!

·      Whatever you do, ensure you do not break that routine!

Whatever you do, do not break that routine!

#SayYesToSpiritualRoutine

Kindly leave more tips that has helped you in keeping spiritual routine, in the comments section, to bless a brother or sister.

 

Pastor Moses Omakhafe

 

    Comments

  • Adebisi Emmanuel Avatar
    Adebisi Emmanuel - 2 months ago
    Setting alarms or reminders for every spiritual exercises would help us.

  • Pip Ekundayo Avatar
    Pip Ekundayo - 2 months ago
    I’ve been struggling so much with keeping routines and streaks, especially in the place of fellowshipping with God. This article is so timely! Thank you!

  • Olamide Avatar
    Olamide - 2 months ago
    This is so spot-on!!! Thank you

  • Emmanuel Okafor Avatar
    Emmanuel Okafor - 2 months ago
    This is really helpful. I now understand somethings

  • Ajulo Olasunkanmi Avatar
    Ajulo Olasunkanmi - 2 months ago
    I join a prayer group on Whatsapp where you choose a daily prayer package (I chose an hour). At the end of the month, our results will be released on Excel sheet. The more I prayed the more I saw that there are lots of things to pray for. This has helped me. Also I and my wife shut down everything to read the Bible and pray 1hour daily @9pm.

  • Oluwatobi Ogundepo Avatar
    Oluwatobi Ogundepo - 2 months ago
    When the devil tries to convince you that you are not understanding/or you're wasting your time doing your spiritual routine, keep on still, if you don't stop, the discouraging voice will cease and after a while you will start enjoying it and it would have been a part of you

  • Oyindamola Gegs Avatar
    Oyindamola Gegs - 2 months ago
    Just what I need right now. Thank you!!

  • Sunday precious Avatar
    Sunday precious - 2 months ago
    Setting spiritual routine would go a long way in helping us cultivate a healthy relationship with God

  • Adebanjo Avatar
    Adebanjo - 2 months ago
    Article so helpful!

  • Joke Avatar
    Joke - 2 months ago
    Exactly what I needed to know. Thank you!

  • ifeoluwa Avatar
    ifeoluwa - 2 months ago
    this is an eye opener for me, glory to the Most High for this revealing. I go with setting a time out for God and running it aptly👌 The way we take our classes. Glory to the Most High may we receive grace💖😊

  • Olayiwola oludayo Grace Avatar
    Olayiwola oludayo Grace - 2 months ago
    What is really helping me to keep routine is the fact that I make my Bible mobile such that even though am in a bus I pick my Bible to study .I won't say am perfect yet but God is helping me

  • Lekan Aremu Avatar
    Lekan Aremu - 2 months ago
    You could set a Bible notification reading time with your Bible app.(e.g Tecarta Bible)

  • Ekeocha Amarachi Avatar
    Ekeocha Amarachi - 2 months ago
    This article is so timely! Thank you.

  • Adegbola Taiwo Avatar
    Adegbola Taiwo - 2 months ago
    Thanks alot for this spiritual piece, sir. As long as our stay in this wicked world is concerned, this message is ever-timely. Well, in addition to your counsel sir, I keep spiritual routine by refusing to eat whenever I'm not done with my spiritual assignment. Thanks sir.

  • Ogunwale Oluwakayode Joshua Avatar
    Ogunwale Oluwakayode Joshua - 2 months ago
    I am always stick to the word "if I die, I die" just to make sure I remain consistent and focus even though I am tired but that word keep ringing "if I die, I die", it is honourable for me to die when seeking for the inheritance than romancing death in pleasure.

  • Oludoyin Popoola Avatar
    Oludoyin Popoola - 2 months ago
    This is sooo timely. I mean,for a student like me who has a lot of books to read and even thinking if 24hours is enough to make a day,it has not been easy keeping up everyday with spiritual exercise and it is just so easy to fall into the "it's not about reading bible and praying thing". This is strength indeed. Thank you for the timely counsel, Sir.

  • Marcus Phebe Avatar
    Marcus Phebe - 2 months ago
    This is so helpful especially these few days. Putting the phone on airplane mode also helps

  • Kanyinsola Avatar
    Kanyinsola - 2 months ago
    This is so Helpful, May God help me

  • Ayodamola Avatar
    Ayodamola - 1 month ago
    Wow... thanks so much sir for this... It's so helpful at this moment.

  • David Adepoju Avatar
    David Adepoju - 1 month ago
    This is super helpful. Thank you.

  • EMMANUEL ELYON Avatar
    EMMANUEL ELYON - 1 month ago
    This was really helpful and would really like to hear more. Thanks alot.

  • Tosin Ahmed Avatar
    Tosin Ahmed - 1 month ago
    This post means a lot to me. I've just been helped reading this🙏

  • KDots Atupa Avatar
    KDots Atupa - 1 month ago
    I used to downplay the place of spiritual routine telling myself that I can just flow but that hasn't quite worked out. I now understand that routine is important to build discipline. Thank you so much sir.

  • Anita Okezie Avatar
    Anita Okezie - 3 weeks ago
    I'm so blessed by this. Spiritual routine shows my faithfulness in little things. Thank you sir

  • Isaiah Ayodele Oladele Avatar
    Isaiah Ayodele Oladele - 2 weeks ago
    This is spiritually rewarding. My prayer is that I remain consistent in prayer and the word.

  • Andin Joy GWANPUA Avatar
    Andin Joy GWANPUA - 1 week ago
    Beautiful article and even more beautiful responses from the brethren. Our church just finished its annual convention 2 days ago and hubby and I have been led to go back to those simple spiritual routines that one used to do when milk was first introduced. It’s never too late to go back to those elementary routines. I started a routine where I go for an hour of jogging 🏃‍♂️ and have to stop 5 times to read 5 chapters from my mobile Bible. It’s my way of catching up on studying the Word, something that’s near impossible now because of the nature of my job and just having a little child around to distract. I also used to practice the habit of praying or reading a section from the Bible for every time I want to eat/snack.. but this was much easier when I was single/lived alone.

  • Andin Joy GWANPUA Avatar
    Andin Joy GWANPUA - 1 week ago
    Beautiful article and even more beautiful responses from the brethren. Our church just finished its annual convention 2 days ago and hubby and I have been led to go back to those simple spiritual routines that one used to do when milk was first introduced. It’s never too late to go back to those elementary routines. I started a routine where I go for an hour of jogging 🏃‍♂️ and have to stop 5 times to read 5 chapters from my mobile Bible. It’s my way of catching up on studying the Word, something that’s near impossible now because of the nature of my job and just having a little child around to distract. I also used to practice the habit of praying or reading a section from the Bible for every time I want to eat/snack.. but this was much easier when I was single/lived alone.

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