Repetition

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, September 19, 2019


Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

It is said that doing the same thing all the times and expecting a different result is the very definition of insanity. I propose to you that it is not always the case. It is possible to do the same thing every day and still get different results. With regards to the gospel, we are encouraged to keep doing the same thing and expect new results from the Holy Spirit.

In today’s text, we read about the spiritual habits of the saints in that primitive church. These saints perfected the art of spiritual repetition. They continued to meet daily in the temple courts. After those worship services, they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, day after day. It is not a coincidence that the church grew exponentially.

In the ’80s and ’90s, many churches started to adopt this model by implementing the small group format. Not surprisingly, most of the churches that embraced the small group format and stayed with it throughout experienced phenomenal numerical growth. Indeed, many of those churches became what is known as Mega-ministries precisely because they provided a context (small groups) for people to affirm one another while practicing the same spiritual exercises over and over every week.

The benefit of repetition is that it allows us to develop spiritual muscle memory. “Muscle memory is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition, which has been used synonymously with motor learning.” Simply stated, through repetition, the nuclear structure of the particular muscles used for that activity reprograms itself so it can make accommodation for the muscles to do that activity organically. The result is an effortless execution of that activity because the muscled are so familiar with it.

The saints in the church of Acts met every day for worship and fellowship because they wanted to become familiar with God and with one another. Today’s Christians need to cultivate the attitude of repetition in their prayer life so they can become familiar with the Triune God. Every time we come to worship service, Bible study, and prayer service, we are developing spiritual muscle memory. Therefore, we should not forsake the assembling of believers (Hebrews 10:25).

We can use repetition to strengthen all relationships, especially marital relationships. One of the reasons so many marriages fail is often because one or both individuals in the marriage stop doing the things that made them fall in love with each other so much so that they decided to spend their lives together. Here is a secret couples need to learn, your spouse expects you to continue to fan the flame of your romance no matter how long you’ve been married. Husbands, don’t stop buying flowers, or go on dates, or go on moonlight walks, or go on romantic getaways, etc.

Even Jesus values repetition. In Revelation 2:4, he told the church in Ephesus, “But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love.” In order words, the Church of Ephesus allowed its passion and zeal for Jesus to wane. Jesus wanted them to sustain the level of their passion and practice spiritual repetition.

I write this devotional consistently as an expression of my repetitious love for God. I study the Bible seven days a week, pray several times a day because I want to fan the flame of the Holy Spirit in my soul repetitiously. Without repetition, a person remains average or mediocre. What separates Lebron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Superstars in the NBA from the average athletes in the league is repetition. If you want God to elevate your ministry, do exceedingly and more abundantly in your life, keep praying, keep studying his word, keep worshipping him, and keep sharing his gospel.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for those that have lost their first love for you. Please bring them back into the fold and help them to rekindle the experience of the first time they gave their life to you through Jesus Christ our Lord.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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