Have you ever had anyone in your family ask you these questions. “Why are you always reading those books?” or “Why are you always doing those devotionals?” I know i have in the past. Some people who just don’t understand the value of a good devotional and how it can change your heart and your focus on life.
Have you ever had a situation, circumstance, or perhaps a relationship in your life that you have been struggling to overcome, trying to work through, or doing your best to work around. I know i have. There are those times that life seems so hard, that things will probably never get better for you, that you must expect less because that is just the way life is. But then you get a word! A nugget of hope. And you know you can overcome! You’ve been hurt, betrayed, abandoned, rejected, you’ve been struggling with feelings of anger; resentment, doubt, and fear but you read something uplifting and you put your hand on your heart and whisper to yourself i can make it! I heard a dear pastor say once, ” If you behave yourself into a situation, you must behave yourself out of it!” A devotion is a behavior in service to love, truth, and God that will create powerful changes in the circumstances of your life that have held you down and back!! Whatever has been going on in your mind, your life, your heart can stop right now, if that is truly what you desire However, you must be willing to “do a new thing”! You must spend a little time, each day, in devotion to the truth about yourself and the truth about life. You must take a conscious approach to what you think and and how you feel about what you do. Devotion for myself clears up any misconceptions that may have obscured my vision of life! A devotion is a divine action. It’s profound dedication demonstrated desire to be in service to God. Since it is God’s desire for you to be happy, any time in devotion will always be beneficial. Growth is a profound experience. It can be beautiful and ugly, emporwering and confining, thought provoking and mind boggling, pleasant and unpleasant, all at the same time. Just when i thought i had it all figure out, life seems to say, “Now take this!” And you do. Then, the minute you are ready to throw your hands up, give up or beat up on yourself for doing the same thing in the same and ending up in the same dang place again. You know you have grown when you can meet a challenge head on, an obstacle or difficulty without totally losing it. Somehow, someway in the GROWTH PROCESS you have come upon the understanding that the more you grow, the more you know, the more you encouraged to grow and know. There is more of ME waiting to unfold. There is more about the world i desire to understand.There are more people coming into my life, and i am gaining more knowledge about myself through my experiences with them. Thats awesome! Time spent in devotion offers divine revelation. Its a process of opening yourself up to receive what already is. God’s love leads us to the truth. The minute that we believe that we know it all, have it all figured out, or that something about life does not apply to us, we cannot know the truth. When we devote time to knowing the truth, all else that we need has a way of finding us. God has so many good thing in store for us if we will surrender to him. When we become devoted to healing our inner world, loving and honoring ourselves and using that love as the standard by which we interact with others, thats what its really all about. Learning to love and honor yourself from the inside to the outside. Then we can love and honor those around us. One day at a time, through study and prayer you will be liberated. I am a walking witness. Thought patterns can be changed. You will be able to LOVE. Just one day of pure devotion can set a pattern in motion. Only conversing with God through prayer and studying God’s word are the tip of the Christian devotion ice burg. Devotion is a constant state of being where we keep our eyes open for opportunities to serve and positively impact lives we come in contact with. Loving God through loving others, that is devotion. (Matt 22:37-40)
Dig deeper. Study a little harder. It will change your life just as it has change mine, i promise!