“But let a man examine himself.”—1 Corinthians 11:28 KJV
The new My Journey with God Arise and Shine Edition by Wellington Boone will teach you important things about yourself and your Christian walk that bring you closer to God and make you more like Jesus.
Each day is filled with fascinating teachings from the Bible, guidelines for effective prayer, tools for self-evaluation, and inspiring anecdotes from history. At the end of each day is a three-page journal where you can apply what you are learning to your personal life.
You may not be able to complete every activity every day, but whatever you write down, there it is. That is your own documentation about yourself. It will get you going. You will want the Holy Spirit to build into you new habits of personal self-government.
The first law of government is self-government.
This is not a read-through book. This is a work-through book. This is an expansive book with teachings and journals that build Christian character as you read inspiring examples of Christians in history who have done this and the effect on their lives.
“And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?”—1 Chronicles 29:5 KJV. When David asked that question, he was releasing money, materials, and other things of value that he had prepared for Solomon to build a house of God. David’s extravagant giving is a picture of God Himself. That is the same question every believer should answer today. “And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?”
What God requires of Christians
Self-government. Consecrating your service to the Lord means self-government. You judge yourself so you can give whole-hearted devotion to the Lord. It means being devout. We need a restoration of those words.
Sanctification. The word sanctify relates to consecration. Only the Lord himself can sanctify you, but His sanctification is commensurate with your sacrifice. You become sanctified on the altar of consecration.
Personal consecration. The 30-day journal in My Journey with God provides practical activities that show you how to consecrate your service to the Lord by spending significant time with Him each day. There is a close tie between consecration, sanctification, and being devout back to God. Consecration means that your eyes have been opened and you are giving yourself wholly over to the Lord because He is worthy!
Knowledge of the Bible. You read four chapters of the Bible daily and begin a daily habit of reading through the Bible every year.
God so loved the world that He gave His best—His only Son
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”—John 3:16 KJV
For 30 days, My Journey with God Arise and Shine Edition delivers you from preoccupation with your problems and liberates you to give sacrificially, as God does, and allow God to control your life. You are empowered to focus on being the light of the world and taking your light to others. You develop a supply-side mentality to empower others instead of a taker mentality focused on yourself. You build your relationship with God and grow in the character of Christ-likeness.
Each day as you complete your private accountability journal you will:
Build a sense of eternal destiny through spiritual exercises
Dare to hope as you experience the love of your Father
Develop consistent Christ-like character to become the Lord’s ambassador
Learn to lead by humility with the Holy Spirit’s help
Become a champion
Experience the joy of pleasing your Father as you make Him your priority
Finish your daily journal in 30 straight days
As you begin your journal, make a commitment to finish in 30 straight days. In sports, do pros quit before the final buzzer? Of course not. Athletes play to the finish and they play to win! Christians should never have a quitters’ mentality. Jesus wasn’t like that, and neither are you.
Jesus in you becomes the champion of finishing for you. He pioneered finishing. With Christ in you, you can finish anything that begins in God’s purpose for your life. Keep your eyes focused on the goal, as Jesus did. Jesus, “for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV). It takes endurance to go all the way to the cross, but that is where the joy is. If you miss a day, keep starting over until you have completed 30-straight days.
At the Last Supper, there was no reason in the world that the disciples should have had their feet washed by Jesus. Jesus was in a position of power and strength as God but He was motivated to take on the role of a servant. He said those who are the greatest are those who serve. Every day you will look for ways to serve others.
As you read the Bible, pray, and carry out the other exercises in My Journey with God, God will speak to you. Write down what He says. Get another journal and write even more. Write the vision for this generation. Plan for the day when you can publish a book, a blog, a website, articles—anything you can do to get your message out.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.”—Luke 16:10 NLT
End each day with God
The Bible says, “Hard and honest work earns a good night’s sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12 MSG). Christians of the past believed that sleep was earned. You did what you were supposed to do each day and then you asked God for permission to go to sleep. That is why you will ask at the end of each day, “May I Go To Sleep Now, Father?”
On your phone, tablet, or computer you can click and read each chapter every day online in this hyperlinked edition of Wellington Boone's BibleGuide. You can read on a Kindle, Kindle Reader app, or PDF reader app such as Adobe Acrobat. Each Bible chapter in your daily reading is linked to a web page at Bible Hub.The default Bible version for these links on Bible Hub is the New Living Translation, but Bible Hub offers 25 translations and many other Bible resources. After you read your chapter, you can check it off digitally.
A Man's Journey with God Seminar Edition is Bishop Wellington Boone's empowerment method for men to grow in spiritual strength and maturity. This 464-page wealth of introductory content on the Christian life includes a personal 30-day Consecration Journal based on Bishop Boone's more than four decades of training men.
Joshua told the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land, "Consecrate yourself!" Greatness is being developed in your life every day if you are seeking God in a lifestyle of consecration as Jesus did.