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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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