Day 26 – Devotion

February 23, 2011

Dear Devoted One,
As we purposefully focus on living a life more devoted to Him, we are humbly made aware of all the competing things that try to distract us and hinder us from living a life that makes Him first.  We have the external distractions of life, the intellectual arguments of others and ourselves, along with our emotions that compete for pre-eminence of the throne of our heart.  So, how are we going to be successful in our pursuit of this thing called devotion?

I believe by acknowledging our human weaknesses and crying out to Him for His transforming power to come and change us.  In Ezekiel, the Lord declares to the prophet that He is going to come to His own and help us to be a faithfully devoted people.

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; 
I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)

This process begins when we accept Jesus Christ into our life.  In that moment, a transformation took place, by faith and we were given a new heart, and a new spirit.  A heart and spirit just like His. Then God begins the surgical process of removing the stony heart, the heart that was hardened by our sin, selfishness and pride and replaces it with a heart that feels compassion, mercy and tenderness. This is a heart that thrives on the truth.

This transformation takes hold in our lives as we daily yield ourselves to a love that transforms and daily yield our lives to His Word.  Our part is to yield our will, by making a daily decision to live surrendered to the one who surrendered His life for us.  His part is to do the work of transformation, and He does this by the power of the Holy Spirit that has come to indwell in us.

27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, 
and you will keep My judgments and do them.

Ezekiel 36:27 (NKJV)

He does the transforming, when we do the surrendering. He will put a new Spirit within us, and His Spirit will change our “want to” His spirit will bring about an internal change, that will enable us to walk as He walks, and live according to His ways instead of ours.  Then He gives us further assurance, that we have all that we need to live out this transformed life as we keep our focus on the one who first loved us.

3 …as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, 
through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV)

Living a life devoted to Him, means living a life believing He is, believing He is able to complete what He has started and that He has given unto us all that we need to accomplish our goal of living a life devoted to Him.   With that promise and reassurance, we can continue to do our part, as described in 1 Peter 1: 5-8;

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 
7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours 
and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May I encourage you to continue in your pursuit, do not allow things in the heavens or things in the earth or the things within to keep you from living a life that is fully devoted to Him?

Heavenly Father, we cry out to you for your transforming power to come and transform us into faithful followers, who live out their lives as devoted disciples reflecting your character and nature. We humbly recognize that we are unable to do this in our own strength.  Change our heart oh God, and make it ever true; change our heart oh God for we want to be like you.

6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you 
will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Phil 1:6

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