Most of you have seen the “house divided” license plates…although this isn’t one…this is what my devotion today reminded me of. We saw this at the Arkansas vs. Tennessee Game…I LOVED it enough, I went and talked to the guy driving the truck to get permission to take a picture of it!
Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart
Most of us know that a divided heart will kill a relationship. Along the same lines, Half-Hearted Christianity has done its share of damage to the church as it pertains to meeting the needs of a lost and dying world.
Jesus addresssed a division again, not quite in the same context but it still applies in Matthew 12:25. Bottom line, if we try to divide our lives between what we give God and our love for Jesus Christ and live however we want, it’s NOT going to work.
When Jesus was asked to declare the greatest commandment in the Word of God, He gave us Matthew 22:37,38 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
To a Christian, NOTHING should be more important than loving Jesus with all your heart.
That’s my heart, to love Jesus, to serve God with EVERYTHING I have…with my WHOLE heart. To not allow myself or anything in my life to be divided, therefore separated from God and to recognize the blessings God has given me.
Integrity – My morning scripture, Psalm 119:1…I love this! The bible doesn’t call us to be sinless, in our fleshly nature, that is an impossibility. However, it calls for us to be blameless, THAT is integrity. Integrity is the opposite of duplicity and hypocrisy, which is the pretense to be something we are not. The most difficult life to attempt to live is the one you are not. Yet, the most blessed and least difficult to live is the life you have been given; be who you are!
Blameless is from the Greek word, memphomai. Which means irreproachable, faultless, or unblamable.
That is the man I want to be. That is the preacher, husband, father, son, business owner, & leader that I want to be…an open book without fear of what someone may find. How about you?
One of my favorite things is personal devotion time and getting into my John C. Maxwell, “Leadership Promises For Everyday” – Occasionally, I’ll be posting my devotion revelations…this one is especially good, even though this is a leadership devotion – this is for EVERYONE!
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91 is one my most favorite passages in the Bible. It has become a running joke at Liberty Grove Assembly of God (We’re on Twitter too @LibertyGroveAG), every time I get into God’s word, THAT scripture becomes my favorite…I believe that it should be the same for EVERYONE…we should all get excited when we open God’s word.
Anyway…there are 6 Promises throughout this text as outlined by John Maxwell but I want to add some revelation that I have received in addition to this, we should all be able to pick up on some of this and use it…I believe ALL of God’s word is applicable to our lives exactly where we are…theology alone and the words in the Bible alone are fruitless if we can’t or don’t apply them.
|1. God’s Promise
||Some times it doesn’t feel like you have anyone that you can talk to, like you’re totally alone. With Christ it NEVER has to be that way.
|2. God’s Protection
|| As you take risks or step out, God keeps you safe.
|3. God’s Peace
|| You don’t have to feel insecure in unknown territory.
|4. God’s Perspective
|| God gives you an eternal view of life that keeps you steady.
|5. God’s Provision
|| Regardless of your needs, God meets them.
|6. God’s Power
|| In adversity, God delivers and helps you reach your goals.
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