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Devotions for Life

Continually Devoting

Today’s Bible Verse: “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42NASU).
You know, there are some people who just seem to grow more and know more than others. Why? Usually, it is because they are consistent in their effort to grow spiritually. Consistency produces gratifying results. Inconsistence produces discouragement and very few gratifying results.
If there is one thing that I would encourage a Christian to do, it would be to continually devote yourself to spiritual activities. The Greek word that is translated “continually” or “steadfastly” means “to give constant attention” to something or someone.
When Cornelius selected a soldier to go with his household servants to get Peter, he selected a “devout soldier.” That Greek word said this was a soldier who attached himself to Cornelius as a servant continually. Isn’t that the kind of spiritual soldiers Christ wants in His army? How could a general win a war with soldiers who are inconsistent? Even if they are very devoted when present, if they are inconsistent in their presence it causes the general to lose the battle. The same is true with Christ’s soldiers. Not only do we need to be devoted when present, but our Christian endeavor needs to be present all the time.
It is so sad to see some Christians who want to be spiritual, but their biggest problem is inconsistency. When they are “hot” they are “hot,” but often they are lukewarm or even cold. Their inconsistency keeps them from growing spiritually.
It is said of the first Christians that they were “continually devoting themselves” to spiritual activities (Acts 2:42). How consistent are we with regard to spiritual activities? If we are consistent we will grow. If we are inconsistent we will not grow or grow very slowly.
Interestingly, the Greek word for “continually” is most often used when describing New Testament Christians’ prayer life (Acts 1:14; 6:4; Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2). What about our prayer life? Are we consistently devoted to prayer?
Let’s make a resolve today that we will continually devote ourselves to spiritual matters. It will help us individually and it will bless the church as a whole.                                    

Song: “Step By Step”

Father, strengthen us to become more devoted to You. May we adhere to Your word, and seek to follow Your will daily. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wayne Burger,l Conifer, CO

God’s Pattern

Today’s Bible Verse: “Follow my example as I follow the example of Jesus” (1 Cor. 11:1).
Military historians indicate Benedict Arnold may have been a better trained officer and tactician than George Washington, certainly more engaging to the public and politically interesting. So what was the major difference between the two Revolutionary War leaders that made one “the father of his country” and the other a despised traitor?


The Richest Person

Today’s Bible Verse: “Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. . .” (1 Timothy 6:17 NLT).
For many years, I introduced my sermons on the world’s riches by noting my youthful 1930’s days at the 25th and Van Brunt Blvd. church in Kansas City, Missouri. The lobby was about ten feet above street level, so the paved floor slanted down to the Lord’s Table and any coins dropped usually ended up there. It’s amazing how much those coins were worth then and how much noise they’d make getting there before being placed in a collection plate.