How to do the Spiritual Diary

Step by step to immerse yourself in the Word of God

Making the Spiritual Diary is very simple. At first glance, it looks like it won’t produce any special fruit. But, when put into practice in everyday life, this work shows to bring in itself an incalculable wealth. The secret of the diary is to be diary: every day. I challenge you to write your Spiritual Diary. And, here, I explain in detail the rules of the good making of your Diary, so that everything is very clear.

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How to do it?

Use a notebook, notebook, diary or binder;
Reserve a blank sheet for each day;
At the top of each page, put the date of the work: day of the week, month and year;
Then, develop the Diary in your personal way, considering the following items:

1. God’s promises

In the passage you read each day, you are quite capable of finding promises from God. It is very easy to identify them: they are things that God promises. The Bible is full of God’s promises. He doesn’t have to promise; however, as Father, he promises. You see, they are promises of a faithful Godwho always keeps his word to his children. We can trust God’s promises, we can take risks for them: God doesn’t fail! So it is worth knowing the promises he makes to us. And, most importantly, we must engrave them in our mind and in our heart. So, write down daily the promises of God that you will find in reading. We will not always find divine promises in the passages we read. If we don’t find them, we have nothing to write down. However, there are so many promises from God that we will find many, often.

Here are some examples:

“To all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the power to become children of God” (Jn 1:12).
“Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am among them” (Mt 18,20).
“If you, who are more, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Lk 11:13).
“And you are sure that each one will receive from the Lord the reward of the good that he has done” (Eph 6,8).

2. God’s orders to be obeyed

God, who is Father, has clear prescriptions to guide our lives. He commands, prescribes, forbids, orders; everything to lead us as beloved children. Following His commandments, obeying His orders, is the secret of life. It is in our interest, therefore, to know and keep the orders that God gives us. As with promises, God’s commands abound in the Bible, although we don’t find them in every passage we read. However, whenever you find an order from God, write it down carefully in your Journal. It is quite simple to distinguish them.

Some examples:

The best known order is: “Love one another, just as I have loved you” (Jn 13,34).
In Mt 5.37, we have: “Say only yes if it is yes, no if it is no”.
Mk 16.15: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”.
Lk 6,27-28: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who injure you”.

In general, the imperative verb “dai”, “doe”, “go”, “seek”, “receive”, “forgive”, “thirst” (…), is a sign of order.

3. Eternal Principles

Kingdom principles could well be called “ Laws of the Kingdom of God”. We don’t call them that, so as not to confuse them with orders or commandments . But principles are laws that govern the Kingdom of God, that is, in the Kingdom, things work that way.

In this world, everything is governed by laws: stars, minerals, plants, electricity, the human body, etc .; laws are immutable principles that determine the way of being of each of these things; the scientist needs to know the principles that govern his science . The Kingdom of God is also governed by eternal, unchangeable principles, permanent laws. The Kingdom of God works as described in these principles. It is vital that the children of the Kingdom know the principles by which it is governed; God wants to reveal to His children the secrets of the Kingdom, the mysteries of the supernatural world. This is why, the word of God is full of principles. At first, it seems difficult, but in a short time you will be able to identify these eternal principles, these permanent laws of the Kingdom of God.

Some examples:

“Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven ”  (Lk 6,36). That is how it works in the Kingdom of God.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Lk 18:14). Whether we like it or not, this is how it happens; this is immutable.
“For the pure, all things are pure. For the corrupt and unbelievers, nothing is pure. Even your mind and conscience are corrupted ”(Titus 1.15).
“Because we have brought nothing into this world, nor can we bring anything” (ITm 6.7).

4. God’s message to me today

In everything you’ve read, in everything you’ve worked on so far in your Diary, what is God’s message to you? Admittedly, God has a message for you. Just be attentive, in an attitude of expectation to discover it. Write down the message every day. Don’t let it get lost. Make very personal notes, in your own words. Be simple, no complications.

Read more:
.: Shall we do the spiritual diary together?
.: Reading and meditating on the Bible
.: Reading the Bible understanding that everything converges to Jesus
.: Why dedicate a month to the Bible?

5. How can I apply this to my life?

This is the most personal and concrete part of the whole Diary. It is not necessary, nor do I want to, give many explanations about this. God Himself will inspire you to see how you can apply the things you have read and worked with in your life.
Take note! It is not enough to find out, it is also important to write down daily. Your notes will be a roadmap for your life. The fact that we record in writing what God inspires us to put into practice in our lives, decisively changes our way of being and acting, as well as our relationship with God.

SPIRITUAL DIARY

Date:

Text:

  1. God’s Promises
  2. Orders to obey
  3. Eternal Principle
  4. God’s message to me today
  5. How to apply this in my life

Why a written Diary?

Read this testimony ; the facts speak:

“In the past, I“ pecked ”Sacred Scripture back and forth. Yes, I did, and learned lessons. Today, however, I see how it remained on the periphery. Honestly, my taste and knowledge of the Word of God was very superficial. Today, however, after a short time, I can see how I grew deeper day by day, how I developed my taste for the Word: how my knowledge grew. Each day the Word challenges me, and this, compels me to move forward.

It’s a Spiritual adventure! The greatest grace, however, is to know that the teachings did not remain in the head. No, they went down and impregnated their whole life. Today, I feel the Word integrated in my life, in my way of thinking, in my attitudes , in my conversations (…) in everything! I am young and I can say that, as a teenage Jesus, I am growing, day by day, in stature, in wisdom and grace, before God and before men. Glory to God!”

Briefly, we can say that the Diary:

  1. It is an excellent way to record the revelations received daily from the Word of God. It is a treasure that cannot be lost;
  2. It creates in us a healthy attitude of expectation; we are attentive and open-hearted. God’s message is alive! We are sure and, therefore, we hope;
  3. Help us to verify our own faithfulness, to be serious and honest with ourselves;
  4. Facilitates the review. Weekly review, monthly review. Each revision is one more step in achievingtrue knowledge of the Word;
  5. It gives us a good assessment of our progress, which gives us courage and enthusiasm to continue.

 

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