Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beautiful, Part Twenty (Final)

What is devotion?

As the writing of this booklet went along, it became my worship, praise and prayer—a work of love for my Redeemer and King: a devotional hoping to inspire devotion in others.

de·vo·tion (noun): 1) love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause. Synonyms: faithfulness, fidelity, constancy, commitment, allegiance, dedication, fondness, admiration, affection, care; 2) worship. Synonyms: devoutness, reverence, godliness, holiness, sanctity 3) prayer: solemn request or expression of thanks to God.

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:23-25

My prayer is that everyone who reads what is written here will be filled with an ever-increasing desire to truly know the one, true God. (To know Him is to love Him—we can’t truly love anyone we don’t know.) I pray that we would all understand that our personal value lies not in our appearance or in our circumstances, but in His infinite greatness and love for us, and that will never change. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29 That we will freely offer Him our whole hearts, souls and minds; that we would surrender our flawed, selfish will to His perfect, good and pleasing will, so that He can do wonderful things through us, by His power. Heavenly Father, please help us to be humble and to rely entirely on Your strength and wisdom, putting our trust in You alone, Lord. Please help those of us who belong to You to keep our focus on You and to shine Your light on this dark world, unmasking lies and chasing away the deception; wake up the slumbering believers and those still dead in their sins so that we can be ready for Your return. Please make us like Jesus: tireless, selfless, wholly devoted, holy and set apart for You, wise, loving, filled with grace and mercy; and please give us Your peace and strength, no matter what happens. Help us to remember that it’s all about You. You are worthy, and since you never change, fail or make mistakes, then all is well, all the time. In Jesus’ holy, precious, wonderful name, Amen.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

"Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance." Luke 15:7

Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:13

If you are already a member of the Body of Christ, then please join me in inviting others. Until the Book of Life is opened in heaven, we should treat everyone as though their name is written there even if they don't know it yet, don’t you think? God doesn’t want anyone to perish and neither should we. We need to share the gospel with as many people as we can, live our lives in such a way by the power of the Holy Spirit as to be a good example of what God's children are like (walk in the Spirit), and let Him do the rest--because only He can.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. Romans 8:5-9 

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star." ...The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:16-17, 20

You are invited to drink the water of eternal life.

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©Tricia Berg March 2016

This is Part Twenty (the last) of a series.  You may download the entire devotional in a "pretty" format here or in a basic, small file size format with highlighting here.  Please note the document has been edited since originally made available, so feel free to re-download the latest version.