Consecration Devotional

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.”     Deuteronomy 4:29


What are you seeking today? What are you looking for and desiring today? Have you noticed that you don’t go a day without seeking something? You are always seeking” something for a variety of reasons. You seek daily food, shelter, resources, employment, friendships, rest, and many other things. What is at the top of your list to be sought after today?

 

In the passage above, we find a sweet promise from the Lord: if you “…. seek the Lord, you will find him, if you search after him with all of your heart….”. We are promised that we will find the Lord if we seek after him with all of our hearts and soul! If this is true (which it is), this has massive implications for you today. It means, that God is desiring to fellowship with you and is more than willing to give himself to you, if you seek him today with all of your heart. Here are some questions to help you seek him today.

 

Questions:

1. What is one way that I am tempted to procrastinate today in seeking Jesus? What will I do right now to counter this

procrastination?



2. What verse can I memorize today to help me keep my mind on Christ? What can I tangibly do today to “

abide ” in Christ and keep my mind on him?



 

Prayer:

Jesus, I pray that you will give me the strength, desire, and humility to seek you today. I pray that you will help me to walk in a way today that is holy, humble, and expresses love for you more than anything else. In your name I pray, Amen.

Guided By The Spirit - CONSECRATION DEVOTIONAL

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

John 16:13

 

 

As we continue in our focus on being “Consecrated” we saw that in Romans 12:2 our mind can be renewed. God has given us specific provisions that bring transformation while renewing our mind. We cannot generate transformation on our own, but we can receive what the Lord has for us! One of these gifts is the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us!

 

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you naturally turn to? Is it your phone for social media, checking on your kids, or maybe work emails? How about when you have lulls throughout the day? Where does your mind drift to? Often times without knowing or intending to, we find ourselves going to sources other than King Jesus to find life, wisdom and direction.  

 

In the passage above, Jesus promises his disciples that he would send “the spirit of truth” who will guide them into all truth.” This spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit) was a gift that empowered the disciples to have the mind of Christ so that they could continue the mission of building his kingdom.

 

Today, these promises are yours as well! Jesus has provided for you his Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in all truth! Today, it will be really easy to be distracted by all the voices that are seeking to tell you “their truth.” However, you can be encouraged because Jesus has provided for you the ultimate source of truth to guide you! Here are some questions to help you to train your heart to trust the Holy Spirit for truth today.

 

Questions:

 

1.  What is one way that the Holy Spirit’s would be leading me in today? Is there something the Spirit could be pressing on that I am tempted to ignore?



2.  Who will I reach out to hold me accountable in being guided by the spirit today?


3. What verse can I memorize and obey today that will help me seek God’s will instead of my own/or the world’s?


 

Prayer:

 

         

Jesus, I pray that you will give me grace, to slow down, quiet my soul, and follow the guiding of your Spirit today. I pray that you will guide me in all truth, and empower me to joyfully obey all that you show to me. I love you Jesus and I pray all these things in your name. Amen

 


Consecrated Mind By His Word

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

 

In yesterday’s devotion we sought to consecrate our minds through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In today’s devotion we will turn our focus to consecrate our minds through the gift of God’s word.

 

In the passage above, we are reminded that the word of God is alive and active in the lives of his people. The writer of Hebrews describes the word as piercing to the division of soul and spirit, revealing the inner thoughts and intentions of our hearts.

 

As we receive the gift of God’s word, we begin to realize that it is powerful enough to meet us right where we are by revealing to us where we fall short in our thoughts and intentions, and that it also reminds us of the provision we have in Christ to be made holy and transformed. Just a few verses later the writer of Hebrew shares these encouraging words,

 

 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

 

Brothers and sisters, this is great news! God is intimately involved in the lives of his people and he wants to meet with you in his word! As you seek to consecrate your mind through the gift of his word today, remember this truth: The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us more like the Son of God! Here are a few questions to help you seek him in his word today.

 

Questions:

 

  • 1.       What is one obstacle, sin, or habit is preventing me from spending time alone with God in his word today? (Who can I ask to hold me accountable to keep God’s word a priority today?)
  • 2.       What wrong “thoughts or intentions of my heart”, is God calling me to repent of today?
  • 3.       What  Bible verses can I memorize and obey to renew my mind this week?

 

Prayer:

 

Jesus, I need you today like I need my very next breath. Please meet with me as I seek you in your word. Please speak to me, and by your spirit use your word to make me more like Jesus. I love you so much. I pray all these things in your name. Amen

 

Consecrated Through Community of god

“As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17

 

This past Sunday morning, Pastor Kent highlighted the importance of receiving the gift of the community of God in order for us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

 

Proverbs 27:17 reveals to us that we need other Christians to sharpen us and help us to remain faithful in living transformed lives of obedience to the Lord. In light of all that has taken place this past challenging year, we have been reminded that we need the community of God now more than ever before. The writer of Hebrews encourages the people of God to live connected to each other.

 

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

 

Brothers and sisters, these are timely words with weighty implications for such a time at this! We are responsible to care for one another understanding that transformation comes through coming alongside on another as the community of God.  As you go throughout your day today, seek to live connected with your Church family, by sending an encouraging text or making a quick phone call to pray with one another. Here are a few questions to help you live connected with the community of God as you seek to live a transformed life.

 

Questions:

1.    What area in my life do I need to ask for help with or that I need godly counsel from my church family? (Who can I reach out to today?)


 

2.    Who is God calling me to reach out to encourage/sharpen in our faith together today?


 

Prayer:

         

Jesus thank you for providing me with a church family that loves and cares for me. As I seek your face today, please give me grace to reach out to my brothers and sisters and Christ to encourage them and be encouraged by them. Please give me grace to live connected to the people of God. I pray all of these things in your name. Amen


 Consecrated - Trusting In the Lord

 

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is your everlasting rock.”

Isaiah 26:3-4

 

Whether we are scrolling through our phones on social media, reading the newspaper, or watching the news, right now more than ever we are constantly reminded that we live in a broken world that is full of chaos!

 

In the passage above, the prophet Isaiah reminds the Israelites that he will give peace to those whose mind is stayed on him. Furthermore, Isaiah calls Israel to “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.” These are encouraging words because through Jesus, these promises are extended to us as well! Even though the world around us is falling apart, we can still have peace because we have an eternal hope in our King Jesus whose kingdom cannot be shaken!

 

Now as hope-filled citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are to be his ambassadors and call others to find reconciliation and peace with God through faith in Christ. As you seek to set your hope in the Lord today, spend some time in prayer for repentance and healing in our nation, seek to intentionally love people who are close to you but far from God, and cling to the timely words from Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

Application:

This is a day and a time to run to the Lord and seek out the real and great promise of

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of need.”

 

Prayer:

Father, in Jesus name I pray for that you would give me grace to keep my mind stayed on you today. Please give me faith to trust in you forever.  I need you. Our nation needs you! Please have mercy on us, heal our land and begin with me. Please guide my steps as I commit my way to you today. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen

The consecreated heart

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Psalm 84:10

 

Last week in our devotions, we sought to consecrate our minds to the Lord. This week, we will shift our focus to consecrate our hearts unto the Lord!

 

In the passage above, the Psalmist exclaims that one day in God’s presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. Furthermore, he adds, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God that dwell in the tents of the wicked.” As we seek to consecrate our hearts to the Lord, it is pivotal that we realize that the consecrated heart finds all of it’s hope and satisfaction in the presence of God. In actuality there is no other pursuit that provides what is heart truly needs!

 

There are many idols fighting for our worship! For example, consider what is the reality of your heart when it comes to idolizing money, as Jesus stated:

 

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other…”

Matthew 6:24a

 

Whenever Psalm 84:10 isn’t the proclamation of our hearts, there is always an idol competing with our affections that are rightfully for the Lord. Brothers and sisters, as we enter into this week, let us examine our hearts, seek the Spirit’s conviction towards genuine repentance, and then place God in his rightful place on the throne of our hearts. Here are some helpful questions, as you seek to consecrate your heart today.

 

 

 

Questions:

 

  • 1.     By seeking the Spirit’s guidance, what idols in my life are fighting for my affection or have taken the place of what is rightfully for God?

 

  • 2.     What would the Lord be showing me of what He wants to do in my life to remove any idol that exists? (Who in my church community can encourage me in this and hold me accountable today?)

 

  • 3.     What truth of God’s Word can I meditate on to help me remember that Jesus is better than my idols? 

Prayer:

 

Jesus, thank you for loving me. Thank you for your patience with me. I repent of my idolatry and I turn back to you. You are better, way better! Help me to see that and know that in my heart when I don’t initially feel it! Your promises are better than anything my idols offer that lead to destruction. Please sustain me today and be my joy. I love you Jesus! I pray these things in your name. Amen