Power Tools to Multiply Your Life
by Dr. Waylon B. Moore
Water was running everywhere. A pipe had busted in my back yard. I ran to the
front sidewalk, where the water meter and shut-off value are located.
Sweeping the gravel on the top aside, I lifted the metal lid and saw the valve.
However, my attempts to turn it with a small pair of pliers was in vain. My
neighbor Herb spotted me on the ground desperate. Trying to cut
that off? I've got just the tool, he yelled. His wrench was designed for
that valve. We cleaned up the mess.
Right afterwards I had to call in a plumber to install new pipes. He told me,
The right tool is critical for doing the job. This situation isn't that
complicated, but most homeowners lack the right tools to fix it. Many
years ago I met with the leadership of the Navigators, who were deep in the
Word and in the discipling of people. I asked them, What are the
essential life-changing truths that you teach a believer, and how do you teach
them? Most of these guys shared their power tools the
doctrinal basics and methods they used to teach others.
I also asked the most amazing visionary and innovative mentor I've known,
Dawson Trotman. He replied, as he did often, with a question, What if you
only had an hour a day with a person over three days? What are three crucial
things you would want to teach a person who is assured of his salvation and
open for the next steps? I gave my answer and he then gave his. If
I only had a couple hours time with a guy, I'd teach him how to have a time
alone with God daily Bible reading and prayer. I'd give it the first
priority. Growing in knowing Christ produces the driving passion that can keep
a man pure and motivated over the years. Next, he said as he
smiled, I'd teach someone scripture memory. That way he has the Word
traveling with him, the Sword of the Spirit sharpened to keep Satan from taking
him out! He also mentioned attitudes that produced obedience,
and methods of digging in the Word.
Staying in Shape
To stay in shape physically, your body demands regular, disciplined exercise.
In the same way, to maintain a healthy relationship requires extended time with
someone. We all long to be with those we love. God loves you and wants
consistent time alone with you. He values you so much, that he gave his only
Son as a sacrifice on the cross for your sins. This supreme act of love bridged
the gap so that sinful mankind could enjoy friendship with a holy
God. Take a look at
But worry, work, and wishes grab our time and can easily make friendship with
God second place (see
). To stay in shape spiritually, a
alone with God must become priority. As you pray and read His Word, you'll
sense the Lord's presence in every decision and relationship. As Daws said,
this is the No. 1 priority to teach another believer.
Why you need to make time with God a daily priority:
Our Heavenly Father seeks worshippers (see
). Every believer in Christ
Jesus has been invited to be His daily companion (see
1 Corinthians 1:9
You will receive fresh direction for your life (see
). When you listen first to the voice of the heavenly Father through the Bible,
you'll get His priorities for your day.
You will have consistent answers to prayer (see
You will distinguish truth from error (see
You will experience His constant love (see
John 17:23, 26
What does one do to have an effective time alone with God?
Daniel, a mighty servant of God, gives us a model of practical time in Daniel
Daniel . . . went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened
toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving
thanks to his God, just as he had done before
From this account we learn that Daniel had:
a specific time
for fellowship with God;
a definite place
for prayer; and
a specific agenda
of things to talk about with God.
A DEDICATED PERIOD with God
Most mature Christians find that meeting God early in the morning, before
one goes to work or hits the daily grind, is a powerful help. Why not make it a
goal to connect with your Heavenly Father, and capture his presence
early in your day? Make an appointment with God the evening before, to meet him
the next morning.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left
the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
You may need to dress, shower, or get something to eat or drink before you
begin your time with God.
Start off setting aside 10 minutes in your schedule: use five minutes for Bible
reading, meditation, or study; then use the rest of the time in prayer.
Of course, you will enjoy praying to God during the day about anything on your
heart. He's always there listening, encouraging you in His will.
A DEFINITE PLACE for Time with God
Jesus habitually withdrew to a quiet place for prayer. We need a private place
to talk aloud openly to God, feeling emotionally free. The place could be your
car, going early to work, a room in your house, or walking outside. Ask God to
lead you to a quiet place where you can use your Bible, talk aloud to God,
listen to His Spirit, and write insights in a journal.
A DETERMINED PLAN in Your Time with God
First, prepare your heart to hear from God by confessing any sin by name. God
will forgive you as you turn from the sin. Next, dig into the
Scripture to encounter God. Have a pen handy to jot down ideas the Lord
reveals. The goal of time with God is to know Him more fully, grow in loving
Him, and obey Him instantly.
Choose a reading study plan:
If you've not done much Bible study, you could start with
a simple question-answer study
. There are many good booklets available. We suggest
by Waylon B. Moore. It is a planned way to get a person quickly into the
simple basics. The writer chooses John's great heart-verses. A whole Gospel of
John (NIV) is bound together with the study questions and notes.
Read through a book
. Get to know Jesus in the Gospels. Dig into the letters of Paul, Peter,
and John. Perhaps start with Philippians, or 1 Thessalonians. Read a short
book through at one sitting, daily for a month. You'll know it better than
any other book. Take notes on what strikes you, convicts you. Look for God
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in each chapter. Here's another
idea: enjoy the Psalms. Every human emotion is there. Read five Psalms a
day and cover all 150 in a month. Ask as you read, Lord, what would
you have me know, stop, change, or start in my life? (see
2 Timothy 3:16
A part of the Quiet Time emphasis involves personal soul-feeding with
. There are other valuable tools available for personal Bible study on our
website. See these Tools:
The Hand of Prayer
We fuel the pump of prayer with the water of the Word. John Wesley said,
God will do nothing, but in answer to prayer. God waits for you to
pray and believe Him. Missionary Ruth Paxson said, Prayer works, prayer
is work, and prayer leads to work. Schedule prayer like you schedule your
work. Make an appointment with God the night before.
The finger (thumb) of
Name each sin specifically (see
1 John 1:9
the index finger, asking God for specific things (see
the middle finger, praying for others, their needs, problems. For
your pastor, relatives, friends. Get a map of the world and pray for a
1 Timothy 2:1-4;
to the Lord; the ring finger. Thank God for what He is doing. Be
1 Thessalonians 5:18
God for who He is His worth, His words, His works (see
1 Chronicles 16:10-12
1 Chronicles 29:11, 12
Begin by praising God, and then thank Him for what He's doing in your life and
family. Ask for His will in specific areas of needs. Keep a prayer list of
people you pray for daily or weekly, listing requests and the date that God
answers. Remembering His faithfulness will encourage your heart. Like a
wonderful saint, Aunt Tibbs, in Boston told me: Asking God is warming up
your engine; move to believing God and you're shifting into gear!
Memorizing Scripture & Other Tools
The second essential for growth Daws Trotman emphasized was the habit of
memorizing and meditating on Scripture. You may download two articles from our
website, How to Memorize Scripture
So You'll Never Forget
and My Favorite 100 Best Verses To Memorize
Living God's Word
is The Surprising Habit That Changes Your Life (p. 24). I
recommend also the
Navigators Topical Memory System
available at Christian bookstores.
The third emphasis I observed that marked Trotman's life was his winsome
commitment to personal soul-winning. He modeled it and shared story after story
of reaching people for Jesus. Have you ever floundered to know how to
best do the job of training believers and raising up leaders? These
elements are the power tools that the Holy Spirit uses for rapid
growth and multiplication in those we mentor-disciple. Do you have these tools
available in your life now? Begin! You'll multiply into many generations.
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