Jumpstart your spiritual journey
13 Ways to Jumpstart Your Spiritual Journey
Try the 30-Day Change
Do you want to feel closer to God? Are there a couple of spiritual habits that could help you grow in your relationship with God? Our mission at WGTS 91.9 is help people take one step closer to Christ.
As we begin this 30-day journey, here are some resources that will benefit your walk with God. Perhaps you’ll feel like you want to do all of them, however, just pick two or three that appeal to you and that you can stick with for 30 days.
Download the verse of the day. Make a practice of reading the verse three times during the day. Set your phone alarm to remind you to read the passage and begin to focus on how that text is relevant in your life. For example, if the text of the day says, "Trust in the Lord..." ask yourself: What am I not willing to trust God with? What makes me hesitate to give over a certain part of my life to him? As you begin to reflect on this, then ask God to give you the faith to trust in him completely.
Join the PrayerWorks! team. Did you know that over 33,000 prayer requests are shared on the WGTS 91.9 prayer app? There are a group of listeners who visit the site every day and pray for the prayer petitions that are shared. As you read through the requests, you will quickly discover that you are not alone. There are many people who are experiencing similar challenges as you, and you too can pray for them. When you focus on others in your prayers, you'll discover a sense of peace and calm.
Find a local church. We were created for community. If you are trying to practice your faith alone, you are likely going to be frustrated. A church community will give you guidance, encouragement, and resources. If you are not experiencing this, please visit our church partner page to learn more about churches in your community who are ready to help you grow closer to Jesus.
Request a WGTS 91.9 prayer journal. It is easy to pray to God and then forget about what you asked a few days later. Keeping a journal allows you to remember what you asked God for, and, more importantly, how God was faithful to you. You don't have to write long paragraphs about your journey, but just a simple one-sentence entry will help you keep track of your prayers and praise. To request a free WGTS 91.9 prayer journal, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
Download the Bible on audio. If you have a commute or work out regularly, consider downloading the Bible on audio format. Start listening for 15 to 20 minutes and see if your attitude changes throughout the day. Begin listening to the book of Exodus. It is filled with drama and suspense. The book reminds you how faithful God is, and how much he wants to be in a relationship with them.
There are four audio books I would suggest:
This faithful rendering of the New King James Version® presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.
The Bible Experience features a star-studded cast of 400 performers, including 23 Grammy winners, 8 Emmy winners, 5 Golden Globe winners, and 3 Oscar winners.
Together with the ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing, Bible.is is a downloadable app that provides a vast library of Bible translations to bring God's church together making disciples from every nation, tribe, language, and people with the tools and technology of today.
From Tyndale, The One Year Bible daily audio readings consist of passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. This arrangement of Scripture brings variety and a fresh approach to each day’s reading, while providing a clear understanding of the Bible’s larger message.
Memorize Bible verses. It is amazing how often Bible scriptures will pop into my mind during a tough moment. The practice of Bible memorization is a lost art, but it is vital to the Christian’s faith. In the past, I have memorized short passages, as well as entire chapters. Even though I can't immediately recite them at will, there are times God will put them into the forefront of my memory for my own edification to encourage someone else. Here are two resources to get you started.
With the immediacy of Internet searches and ease of handheld devices, the custom of memorizing Scripture may not seem necessary, but bestselling author Robert J. Morgan makes an airtight case for reviving this rewarding practice in 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart.
Elegantly designed, each card in this deck of 51 cards includes a Bible verse geared just for women.
Read Bible stories to your kids. This will benefit both your children and you. I once gave Bible studies to a Buddhist woman who didn't know any of the Bible stories. I suggested that she become a teacher’s assistant in the kids’ division at church. Each week she would learn the stories and find ways to teach the lessons to the children. As she taught them, she too was learning about the character of God. By reading the Bible to your kids, they will observe that the practice of Bible reading is an important value.
Here are three Bibles for kids.
Description from website - Ready for adventure? Embark on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word with the NIV Adventure Bible—now in full color throughout! Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.
Here’s the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up-to-date artwork style—making it the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.
Manga (pronounced “mahn-ga”) is the Japanese word for comics. It has become a huge hit with American teens and tweens. Appealing to kids and adults, readers will find this edgy rendition of the Gospel accounts both compelling and highly engaging.
Start an online Bible study/accountability group. I can find it very difficult to leave the house in the evening in order to join a study group. In recent years, I have led or participated in a virtual small group using video conferencing technology. My small group usually begins around 8:30 p.m. once the kids are in bed and then I can spend an hour online with my group. This also allows me to connect with friends who live in other parts of the country or around the world.
Here are three Bible study curriculums that I recently used.
Chan’s new thoughts and reflections on God’s love in Living Crazy Love allows the book to stand alone or be used as a companion to Crazy Love. This 10-week, in-depth study of God’s character helps readers embrace God’s intense, relentless love and watch that love transform every aspect of their being..
You’ve got to make six decisions—and the answers will affect every aspect of your spiritual life. The decisions have nothing to do with which church you go to or how long you’ve been a member. In this six-week Bible study, you’ll get to the core of everything that matters in a Christian life. But most importantly, you’ll complete this study and make your choices knowing what Jesus has to say about each of these key spiritual decisions.
The first Disciple Bible study, “Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study,” provides a 34-week foundational overview of the entire Bible and serves as the basis for all other studies in the Disciple family. It includes a planning kit, study manual, DVDs, teacher helps, and more.
Bible Boot Camp. If you are a boot camp enthusiast or early riser, I would encourage you to sign up for Bible Boot Camp with my friend Pastor Paul Graham. He will urge you to wake up and stretch your spiritual muscles every morning at 5:30 a.m. Keep those boots laced and stay tuned for the upcoming Bible Boot Camp.
Read the Gospel of Mark. I usually suggest that new believers begin reading the Gospel of Mark. There are several reasons for this. First, there is nothing more important than reading about the life of Jesus. Find out how he interacted with people, and read what he said in his own words. Second, this particular gospel was written in Greek to a Gentile audience. In other words, it was written for people who didn't have a good understanding of Jewish culture. Finally, it is the shortest gospel, only 16 chapters, so you can get through the book in a relatively short matter of time.
A few suggestions when reading the book of Mark:
Make sure you get a Bible in a modern translation. I like the New Living Translation. It is easy to read and understand.
Purchase a study Bible. A study Bible not only gives you the verses, but extra commentary to help you understand the context of what you are reading about. There are helpful graphs and charts that will allow you to dig deeper into scripture.
Start by reading a paper version of the Gospel. Your mind will learn and absorb better when you have a paper copy, instead of a digital version.
Use the Bible as a tool. While this is a special, sacred text, it is also a tool to help you discover God better. Don't treat it like a piece of art in a museum. Rather, take a pen or pencil and feel free to underline or circle interesting things. Add a question mark in the margins where you may not understand something and return to it later for further study.
Noontime Prayer. Join Chaplain Kumar every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. for WGTS 91.9 Noontime Prayer. This is a 15-minute segment using Facebook Live where you can take a short break during your lunch hour to pray and hear a short devotional.
Join the Start Over with God Challenge by reading the Psalms. During the 30-day challenge, you will have the opportunity to read a short devotional based on the book of Psalms. The devotional is designed to help you jumpstart your day, and ask questions about your faith. You can learn more at StartOverWithGod.com.
Sign up for the One-Minute Devotional. Every week you will receive a short devotional thought based on a Bible verse to help you jumpstart your journey with God. Sign up at OneMinuteDevotional.com
Kumar Dixit is the WGTS 91.9 Chaplain.