One of the most important truths on how to live a victorious life has to do with how consistent we are.
When the first of the year rolls out, many people vow to get in to better shape and begin to exercise or take in better eating habits. The reason many do not see change is because this only lasts for a short while and then they go back to what they have always done. As with anything in life, the more consistent you are at doing something, the more impact it will have on your life.
The same goes for our spiritual life – which tends to be the area we neglect the most.
The biggest challenge people face is with being consistent.
What is consistency? It means “The quality of always being the same, doing things in the same way, having the same standards, and not dropping the ball.”
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law (Bible) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night.”
…meaning, consistent reading and meditation of the Word of God through every season of life. We may have a serious battle come against us and we seem to get serious about our walk with God seeking Him daily and reading His word, but then things get better and we slip back into doing what we have always done. We may start to attend church for a while and then we start to let other things take our focus and we drop off. The problem is that we tend to allow our emotions and circumstances to dictate how we are in our relationship with God. Perhaps when we are in need of a miracle we are fully engaged, but when the things we are praying for happen, or even are not happening within the time frame we have set, we give up and go back to our old ways. The problem in doing what we have always done is that we are going to get what we have always got.
Being in an ‘off-on’ relationship with God is the most dangerous place to be. In other words, you are neither here nor there; Jesus said in Revelation 3:15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!”
There is a saying that ‘little drops of water make a mighty ocean’.
Have you ever observed where there is a leak and water is dripping? We might place an empty bucket there, but before long the bucket is full and overflowing. The little drops of water seem insignificant, but with time that drip becomes a flood.
A great man of God, Kenneth Copeland, likened this to how much we lose through inconsistency with God. He said “there is a revelation of God that comes from being consistent that inconsistent people will never see”.
Make a decision today to be consistent in everything you do. You’ll be amazed at how much further you can go in life when you make that your choice.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.