Devotional comes from the word DEVOTE. It means Dedicate. Committed.  Set apart to God.  Hold fast to.  Endure in.  Stand perpetually ready.  persevere in.  To associate closely with.  To attach oneself to.  Be Loyal to.   

And, on and on, each definition, in its various form, calls us to an action.  In this case, we are called to the act of dedicating ourselves to apply what we've read in God's word. To associate closely with it. 

How sweet it is to spend time in the Bible.  But if it only lasts for that moment, what good is it?  Carry His words into your day and begin to be transformed by it.  That's my prayer for you, and for myself as we devote our lives to God. 

  • Faithful & Good

    All my life You have been faithful…

    All my life You have been so, so good…


    Those lyrics are echoing in my head this morning, infusing my heart with joy as I sit and remember the goodness of my God. He has been faithful, and His goodness has never failed to meet me in my need. I pray you can say that as well today. Even as we sit sheltering in place, He is with us. He is for us. And has promised that goodness will come of it all, as we love Him and are called to His purpose (Romans 8:28).


    As I sit at His feet, His word open on the table in front of me, I am once again brought to a place of repentance. Turning from my mind set on the flesh, with all its wants and wishes, with all its rights and privileges, to setting my mind back on the Spirit because in that thought process, we’re told, is life and peace (Romans 8:6). 


    If ever there was a time when life and peace were needed it is in this year of 2020.


    The quickest way I know to put things in their right perspective is to begin to be grateful. The mental exercise of being grateful realigns our minds to a place of humility, recognizing God for who He is (and who we are not!)


    In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul speaks of the difference in our lives when our mindset is where it should be. God made us to be thinkers and gave us a will to choose as we will. So, whether we choose to live according to the flesh (letting our body and soul dictate our thoughts and behaviors) or live according to the Spirit (letting God dictate our thoughts and actions through our spirit surrendering to His Spirit’s control) our mind plays the role of deciding which it will be. Where is your mind set this morning?


    Looking at verse 6 of Romans 8 –

    “For the mind set on the flesh is death,

    but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”


    Which will you choose?


    I pray you will choose to remember the faithfulness and goodness of God this morning. There’s no time like the present to sit at His feet and count your blessings. Regardless of any situation I have ever been in, I have always found that there is something to be thankful for. If you are a Christian you can begin with that truth right there! For in His goodness and faithfulness He sent a Savior. He sent One who could actually redeem your life from the very pit of hell.  


    May this be a day filled with the accounting of His faithfulness and goodness. God bless as you set your mind to think on these things. Let the worship begin!