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"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Luke 16:13
Have you noticed that whatever a person is devoted to takes up most of his or her life? The thing one is devoted to become’s ones god. God wants us to be devoted to the right things. We are to be devoted to Him – and then He tells us how to express our devotion to Him - Devotion to God is expressed in devotion to him through commitment. The dictionary defines it like this:
To concentrate on a particular pursuit, occupation, purpose, cause, etc., to set apart or dedicate. to commit to something.
I don’t think the Christian can be a Christian without being devoted. He can talk the talk – but not walk the walk. We have to be devoted to God above all. But there are a few things the Bible tells us to be devoted to as well. Maybe our devotion to God is expressed by our devotion by these things.
The first thing we are to devote ourselves to, and maybe the most important thing, is prayer. Paul writes the Christians in the Colossi church,”
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Col 4:2
One of the things the early Christians were devoted to was prayer, Acts 2:42 tells us. Certainly, each of them must have had a strong and consistent personal prayer life. I think they probably started their day with prayer. Maybe they ended it with prayer as well. King David said He prayed morning, noon and night. It was Daniel’s habit to pray three times a day. That’s devotion! And maybe that’s where we get the idea of devotions – from being devoted to this thing of speaking with our God and Savior.
What does it mean to you to “devote yourself to prayer”? I begin my day with prayer and worship – and end it with praises and thanksgiving.
Someone asked me recently how I prayed. My act of praying consists of using the acronym of “ACTS”. Ironically enough the Book of ACTS is the only book in the bible without and ending chapter or ending salutation.
‘A’ stands for adoration. I begin my prayer time adoring and admiring God. That’s praise. There is so much to praise God for. We take so much for granted. It is good to come into His presence with praise. You say pastor I don’t feel like praising “wonderful” not it is a sacrifice. Our praise guarantees his presence. Moses knew the importance of God’s presence when he stated in Exodus 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Secondly, “I confess” Me not my brother not my sister oh Lord but it is ME!
We Pentecostal people are not too good at this.
Ill: A known backslider told his preacher after the church service, "Wonderful sermon, Preacher. Everything you said applies to somebody or other I’ve known or met."
We need to confess our faults, our shortcomings, and our failings. If we truly love God we grieve for every imperfection and flaw that we have. We ought to recognize them, acknowledge them, and confess them. tell God, “I am so sorry I didn’t think to say something to so and so.”
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