Focus Moment – February 2, 2017

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Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

CONFESSION Prayers

Holy and merciful Father, we confess to you and to one another that we have sinned against you by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, and strength. We have not fully loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not always had in us the mind of Christ. You alone know how often we grieve you by wasting Your gifts and by wandering from Your ways.  Forgive us and renew in us the grace and strength of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42 (NKJV)

Have you ever wanted something so badly you found yourself giving a wholehearted commitment to obtaining it?  Such was the case for the author of Psalm 119.  He didn’t desire for financial wealth, social prestige, or anything material; what he wanted was the LORD.  He wrote, “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!  Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119:10-11).

The Psalmist knew for him to seek the Lord with all of his heart would mean he must know God’s word, and to abide in it.  He chose to hide God’s word within his heart, which meant more than simply memorizing it—it would involve living it.   He knew if he applied the Lord’s wisdom, he would also receive the many blessings promised for doing so.

And we can see this was the same heart within the believers of the early church.  We are told,“they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).  They earnestly sought after the Lord with their whole heart by studying His word, and by making sure they were always around other believers who had the same heart to seek the Lord.

I believe the Lord gave us the history of the early church in the book of Acts so we could pattern our lives after these first century believers.  God designed His church to be a place where His Word is proclaimed and explained. Scripture is so much more than words in a book—it is spiritual food for every believer—without it we will cease to grow in our walk with God, and we definitely won’t have success in ministry or in life.  Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep, orabide in His word, and it is a sign that we are His disciples indeed (John 8:31; 14:23).  He also gave a promise for those who keep His word—they would never see or taste (spiritual) death (John 8:51-52).

So if we are to truly love the LORD our God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, then we will find ourselves much like the author of Psalm 119 by hiding God’s word within our heart.  We will find ourselves much like the early church in the book of Acts when we fellowship with other believers.   And we will find ourselves imitating Jesus when we seek to serve others with the abilities and resources God has entrusted to us (cf. Eph. 5:1).

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about fellowshipping with other believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you regularly meeting with other believers and studying the word of God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to find other believers to meet with so you can be encouraged and strengthened in your Christian walk, and help others to be encouraged and strengthened as well. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for guiding me in my Christian walk.  Help me to stay steadfast in meeting with other Christian believers, and to successfully hide Your word deep within my heart so I may abide in it.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Devotional By Scott Wright

2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.

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