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D’s Devotional – “A Covenant Of Love”

D’s Devotional – “A Covenant Of Love”

1 Kings 8:23, “and said: ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.”

I was struck by the statement, “You who keep your covenant of love.”  The covenant between us and God is a covenant of love.  Do we understand that our relationship with God is to be a love relationship?  It is more than following a list of rules or just a knowledge of the existence of God, but it is a real love for God because He has a real love for us.  He has made a covenant of love with those that are in Christ Jesus.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Devotional for Thursday – “What Do You Love First?”

Devotional for Thursday – “What Do You Love First?”

Revelation 2:4, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”  Here Jesus is speaking to the church of Ephesus.  He starts by telling them how well they have done at standing on the truth and preserving in the face of suffering, but there is something He has against them.  They have left Him as their first love.  It wasn’t that they didn’t love Jesus, but they didn’t love Him first, above every other love.  I don’t know if you have ever thought about this, but you and I have something in us called, “Our First Love”.  Whatever ever sits in that seat of our heart controls all of our other loves and how we respond to them.  What Jesus is saying is, “Sure you love Me, but your love for Me isn’t first in your life.  Your love for Me isn’t controlling how you respond to everything else you love in your life.”  I find it amazing that Jesus isn’t satisfied with their stance on scripture and their perseverance through suffering, He wants their heart completely.  He won’t be satisfied with anything less.  He must be our first love and what we love first and what controls all our other loves.  He calls them to repent or lose their witness.  The same is true for us who have left our first love.  We will either repent or lose our witness.  What are some of the most common things we put in the place of Jesus as our first love?  It can be ourselves, our spouses, our children, our job, our church, our safety, our friends, our appearance, our blog, our facebook, our goals, our successes, and our money.  None of these are bad in and of themselves, but our love for Jesus will control all of these if He is our first love.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Saturday’s Devotional – Dealing with Displeasure

Saturday’s Devotional – Dealing with Displeasure

 

1 Samuel 8:6, “But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us, “ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord.”

 

I found this verse challenging because when something displeased Samuel he brought it to the Lord. That is the same place you and I should take things that displease us.  Normally we complain and tell our friends so they can be displeased with us, but Samuel just took it to the Lord.  You and I need to do the same thing.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Friday’s Devotional – Your Children Are Not God

Friday’s Devotional – Your Children Are Not God

1 Samuel 2:29, “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling?  Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?”

Eli is challenged by the Lord, because even in light of his son’s rebellion against God, Eli doesn’t do anything to stop or remove his sons.  God calls it right when He tells Eli, “You honor your sons more than me.”  We can love spouse, children, and people more than we love the Lord.  Sure we like to tell God that He means more to us than anything, but it is when God tells us to change that we proves it.  Abraham proves his love for God when he places His son Issac on the altar before God.  Eli needed to learn that lesson.  Eli put his sons in the place of God in his life.  He loved them with all his heart instead of loving God with all his heart.  To love those closest to us rightly, means that we must first love God rightly.  Our love for them should come from our love for Him.  If you refuse to do what God has told us to do in our relationships then that relationship has taken God’s place in your life.  You and I must wake up to the fact that we must not honor anything more than we honor God, not spouses, children, or people.  God must be first!

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Devotional

 

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Thursday’s Devotional – What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You

Thursday’s Devotional – What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You

Judges 16:20, “Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.”  But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”  The phrase, “He did not know that the Lord had left him” is so challenging and convicting.  Literally it was what Samson didn’t know that destroyed his life.  Samson had walked in victory because the Lord had been with him.  His hair was only a symbol of the real source of power, God.  Once Samson’s hair was gone so was his power.  How did it happen?  It happened without him knowing it.  He played with sin, slept with sin, and finally trusted in sin.  Delilah represents sin.  Samson hung around her, slept with her, and trusted her.  It was in his slumber that his hair was removed.  Then when he finally awoke from his slumber, he is captured because he was defeated in his sleep.  Too many believers are playing with sin, sleeping with sin, and trusting in sin.  We have fallen asleep to the things of God and like Samson we will awake to the reality that it was while we were sleeping that we were defeated.  Wake up and live for God!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Devotionals

 

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Wednesday Devotional – Hearing God’s Whisper

1 Kings 19:11-13, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  God invites Elijah to experience his presence.  Then some amazing things happen.  There was a powerful wind that tore the mountains apart, an earthquake, and a fire.  Those were three amazing things to experience, but the most amazing thing was that God wasn’t in any of them.  After the fire came the gentle whisper of God’s voice to Elijah.  We expect to find God in the big things, but are we listening for God in the small things.  Maybe we are missing God because we expect Him to impress us with His power instead of comforting us with His presence.  Are you listening for the Whisper of God in the small things?

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Devotionals

 

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Tuesday’s Devotional – The Price of Pride

Tuesday’s Devotional – The Price of Pride

Judges 7:2, “The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands.  In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her.”  How often does our pride get in the way of how God wants to work in our lives?  Could God do more in your life, if you weren’t so prideful?  God won’t work in your life in a way that hurts you spiritually.  If He knows that something will increase your pride, he will move in a way that will keep you humble.  I was complaining several weeks ago about some stuff and God said, “D, I could do more but you would try to take the glory for it.”  I repented of my attitude.  I have been praying that no matter what God does in my life that He would get all the glory.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Devotionals

 
 
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