Day 40 – Devotion

March 8, 2011

Dearly Devoted,
Today is day 40 on this journey. My prayer is that you have encountered a greater focus and devotion toward the Lord.  I hope that this journey we have taken through the scriptures helped to bring you to a greater understanding of what it means to be devoted to Him.

Devotion is not just a deeper level of emotion, but a deeper level of commitment which is birthed from the heart.  This heartfelt commitment will ultimately bring forth emotion, but it also brings forth “motion” in our lives. We are moved toward Him, His heart, His work, His ways.

It is befitting that the last day of our journey ends on a Sunday, as you go to God’s House today, may I encourage you in the following:

2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Psalms 29:2 (NKJV)

Our worship is not just the song we sing, but it is the heart we bring.  Devoted people give of their heart, and what has captured their heart, is what will have captured their focus.  Where is your heart when you are in a place of worship? Intimacy with God is like intimacy with others.  Is your focus on other things while you are worshipping Him? Imagine how it would feel, if you discovered that while you are in the arms of the one you love, their focus was on someone or something else? Is this the kind of experience we give back to God when we come to a place of worship? Are you distracted or captivated by something or someone else?  The scriptures teach us that we should guard our hearts, so that we are not captivated by the wrong things

23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

We are also encouraged to take responsibility for our focus and our devotion.

11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

Joshua 23:11 (KJV)

We take heed to ourselves, by making a daily decision to consecrate our focus unto the Lord.

Dear Lord, thank you for first loving us. Help us to become a people wholly devoted to you in thought, deed and focus. Thank you for your transforming power that is at work in our lives. Thank you for being faithful and true.  Help us to be a faithful in all of our ways. Cause us to be not just the recipient of your love, but to also be a demonstrator of your love.  Cause our lives to be a reflection of your grace and truth.   In Jesus Name, we pray. AMEN!!

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