Posts Tagged ‘devotion’

Continual Devotion

Friday, June 1st, 2018

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common. Acts 2:42-44

1. BE DEVOTED TO JESUS. The Early Church had a mission to go into the whole world and make disciples. Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we still have that same assignment (2 Corinthians 5:18; Hebrews 13:8). We have the same Jesus, the same Holy Spirit, the same potential, and therefore the same direction to continually devote ourselves, saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15b).

2. IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT. Endurance has decisional aspects. In the 1968 Olympics, marathon runner John Stephen Akhwari chose to complete the race despite an injury. His response when asked why he didn’t quit: “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.” Like the forerunners in the Bible – Esther, Noah, Abraham, Ruth, Moses – let’s keep running our own race and continually devote ourselves to a life of pursuing God.

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

3. GOD USES REGULAR PEOPLE WHO ARE HUMBLE OF HEART. When you look at the Early Church and the great men and women of old, you’ll see that it was not by human might or power that they accomplished great things but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God is the one who is helping us accomplish His purposes (Philippians 2:13). We run with endurance so that at the end of our lives we can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Our endurance and our devotion to Jesus – like those who have gone before us – will resound through all eternity.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Since I have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

de·vo·tion, noun
Commitment to some purpose. The willingness to serve God. Loyalty and love or care for someone or something.

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Simplicity and Purity of Devotion to Jesus

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4

Childlike Faith. The greatest in God’s Kingdom is the person who humbles himself, and becomes not childish but childlike. The Scriptures say that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52), but He still maintained complete reliance on God, only doing what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). The fruitfulness of our future depends on staying reliant on and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Fellowship with God. You are the greatest threat to the devil when you enjoy sweet fellowship with God. When the devil deceived Adam and Eve, he convinced Eve that God was holding out on her, and a great breach took place (Genesis 3). Paul warned the Corinthian church not to get deceived and be led astray from simple and pure devotion to Christ.

Where Are You? Jesus came to restore what was lost. Just like God called out to Adam and Eve in the garden when they hid from Him, God is calling out to us, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Jesus’ voice is described as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15b). When you listen to the roar of a waterfall, a Missouri thunderstorm, or the clapping of waves, think about God’s deep, rich, profound voice calling out to you. Wherever you are, draw near to Him and let your life be changed by the simplicity and purity of devotion to Jesus.

Daily Confession
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I walk in joy, love, and peace (Galatians 5:22). God’s grace is sufficient to see me through at every turn (2 Corinthians 12:9). Though my outer man perishes, my inner man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Surely goodness and mercy are following me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).

Sim·pilic·i·ty, noun
The quality of being easy to understand or use. The state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded. Freedom from pretense or guile. Directness of expression.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Value of Continued Devotion

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem . . . He did right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the vision of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. 2 Chronicles 26:3-5

As Uzziah sought the Lord, God blessed him in every feature and aspect of his life. Uzziah built, restored, reigned, prospered, went forth, warred, and broke down walls, and he became famous. Uzziah didn’t prosper automatically—he prospered as long as he sought God. The phrase “as long as” comes from the Hebrew word yowm, which means “from sunrise to sunset.” That’s daily devotion—keeping Jesus continually before us from morning to night.

Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God. 2 Chronicles 26:15b-16a

When Uzziah became strong he stopped seeking God. Through pride he became corrupt, and at the end of his life he was remembered not as a powerful king who accomplished mighty things, but as a leper. His persistent wrongdoing should be a warning, and provoke us to explore the depths of the wisdom of the riches of the knowledge of God. God is calling us to stick with this thing by constantly seeking Him. As long as we do so, He promises to prosper us.

I want everyone reading this to get the breakthrough that Jesus died to give. Start your day by reading your Bible. Turn off the TV and read even just one verse before bed. Meditate on the Word. Don’t underestimate the value of a devoted life. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16.9).

Seek God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.