Christians often use the term “Devotion”.
What is the meaning of devotion in the Bible?
King David urges us in 1 Chronicles 28:9 to “..acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
Devotion is when we set ourselves totally apart to things of God. It includes time, energy, money and everything else. The more devoted to God we are, the deeper our spirits absorb the revelations of His Word, and the more we grow and shine for His name.
The Holy Spirit will use your devotion to bring you into oneness with the Father. But if you aren’t intentional about your devotion to God, it’s easy to let worldly desires and temptations to redirect your love and passion away from God.
There is a question we must ask everyday. Who or where is your devotion to?
The biggest distraction to your devotion to Christ is a sorrow that creeps into our heart. Did you know that discouragement is a temptation “common to man”? (1 Corinthians 10:13) In weak moments, temptations may attack your devotion to God.
Discouragement is a self-centered feeling of defeat and hopelessness that may pierce your devotion. Discouragement is deep-rooted in a heart ruled by what we see and not by what God promises us. [tweet this] Some of the issues that trouble us are when we don’t see our prayers answered when we want them to be answered. We feel drained when we don’t see our promotion coming at a time when we think we deserve it. An important assignment seems too hard and we think we’re not going to make it…all this are examples how discouragement sets in.
Overwhelming, discouraging thoughts take up all our time, devour our energy, and distort our vision.
Discouragement takes root to weaken our oneness with the Holy Spirit. It weakens our devotion to God. Discouragement destroys our hope in Jesus, so the devil always uses this weapon against us.
Find comfort and courage in knowing that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Don’t let discouragement to block your devotion to God.
How to overcome discouragement?
Jesus commands us not to be discouraged: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
If it’s a command, then it’s a choice. God won’t command you to do something you are not capable of.
Examine your thought life and find the root of discouragement. Fix your thoughts and the eyes of your heart on Christ, just as a good driver fixes his/her eyes on the road far ahead. “Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” (1 Kings 8:61)
Have a fresh revelation of Jesus! Reduce yourself to 0% and rely 100% on His guidance. Rely upon our Father’s promises which are written in His Word. A daily personal revelation of the Word will keep discouragement away from your devotion to God.
Devotion is the secret key to a triumphant and contented Christian walk. Throw up your hands in praise and worship until every distraction to your devotion to God is eliminated.
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