Focus Moment – 6/28/17

Silence and Centering (PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE)

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

Confession:

Dear Lord, You are the King of the world, the Creator of all things, and the Giver of life. You have made us in Your image and invited us to be Your children— the heirs of Your Kingdom—and we give You our thanks and praise. We confess that we have sinned and fallen short of what You would have us be.

We have found our identity in earthly things like work, money, family, reputation, our homes, our friends, even our country. We have worshiped them more than You. We have turned away from being part of Your Kingdom work to satisfy our own agendas. We have broken Your heart with our sin, and we are sorry. Please forgive us.

SCRIPTURE

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)

 WORSHIP 

 DEVOTIONAL 

Think about how cool it would be to have your Pastor come to you and say, “I thank God ‘continually’ because you received ‘The Word of God.’” Paul is saying, he never stops thanking God because these men and women simply received what he said—they accepted it as something directly from God, and not just the word of man.

Perhaps most Pastors don’t word it this way, but I would like to say it to you this day as well.  I do thank God for you receiving the Word of God, which you have heard from me.  I praise God for your heart to know Him and to seek Him daily.  I praise God for His Word working in and through you.

It’s funny how the Word of God works on us in different ways, and at different times.  There are days when we can open up our Bibles and the passage can hit a bull’s-eye and apply to right where we are walking at that specific time—its as if it was written just for us for exactly what we seem to be going through.

At other times what we read can strike a nerve within us, because it is peeling back all the garbage and exposing some issues we have buried.  And then there are the times when the Word brings us comfort, peace, and spiritual nourishment.  And it is by the Word of God we are given guidance in all things.

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalms 119:105 (NKJV)

Psalm 119 speaks in depth of the Word of God.  In fact it is mentioned 24 times in this particular Psalm alone. The Psalmist tells us, God’s Word is true and wonderful.  He urges us to stay true to God and to His Word, no matter how bad the world becomes.  And he lets us know our obedience to God’s Word is the only way to achieve real happiness.

We, like the Psalmist, live in a world going crazy, and our moral compass is definitely broken.  Homosexuality and abortion are both widely accepted, and fornication is prevalent—simply viewed and accepted as “making love.” We are expected to be tolerant, or even embrace many things we know to be an abomination unto the Lord according to His Word.   And to speak of them will often bring about the ridicule of intolerance, hate, and of having a narrow mind—even inviting the risk of persecution.  Now it is true we are not to judge those who sin, but in love we are to boldly speak the Word of God, which brings forth judgment in its truth and purity and righteousness (Gal. 6:1; cf. Ezek.3:18-19).

I want to encourage you to welcome the Word of God—embrace it, rather than what may be culturally acceptable.  Let’s determine to use God’s Word as our moral and spiritual compass to find the true understanding of how we should live and lead our lives as God’s children.

STUDY QUESTION: What did Paul thank God continuously for about the Thessalonians?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you accepting the Word of God as His absolute truth, and are you allowing it to guide you for making your decisions in life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s study the Word daily.  Let’s determine to know the will of God so we can make wise choices when life’s temptations come our way.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for giving me an instruction manual for my life.  I love Your Word and I cherish it within my heart.  Help me to retain everything I read within it.  Lord help me to share it with all whom You bring into my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.

Devotion By Scott Wright

 

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