Saturday, February 14, 2015

Devotion

  Today my devotion really touched my heart...  and I wanted to share it with you...

   "Even though Jesus kept insisting He hadn't come to "abolish the Law or the Prophets...  but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17), the religious just wouldn't listen.  Like little children they plugged their ears and kept singing the same old tune, though a New Song had been sent from heaven.
   Which is so very sad.  Especially when you consider that the Law they were so zealous for had been intended to prepare them for the Messiah rather than keep them from acknowledging Him.
   After all, God established His original covenant with Abraham long before He gave Moses the Law- 430 years before, to be exact.  (Galatians 3:17).  The love the Father extended to Abraham and to all those who came after him had no strings attached.  It was based on the recipient's acceptance of grace from beginning to end.
  But somehow Israel fell in love with the Law rather than in love with their God.  And we are in danger of doing the same thing.  Worshiping our own willpower rather than allowing the power of God to work in us to transform our lives.
  Such self-induced holiness didn't work for the Jews, and it doesn't work for us.  Tha'ts why Jesus had to come. "



   I can't even tell you how much just having a devotional book changed my heart.  It was that which drew me to studying my bible each morning, and having some time with God.  No, I don't believe a devotion can stand in place of reading Gods word, but it can soften and incline your heart to desire to read Gods word.
   If you are- like I was...  struggling with a desire to read Gods word and wanting to rekindle the hope and joy in your salvation, I really encourage you to find a great devotion to read each morning.  It may take a while to change your heart, but that's okay..  God is all about transformation.  I encourage you to find something that speaks to you, that opens your heart to hear Gods word.  Soon, you will desire to get into his Word and find some devotion of your own that He gives you, and that is a wonderful feeling!
  If you're looking for a good devotion and don't know where to start, here is mine:
At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart.. by Joanna Weaver  I got this on amazon, I've also seen it in Lifeway stores.  My husband has a daily devotion by Billy Graham on his phone.  Its as simple and short as a few words sometimes, but a devotion can encourage your heart to seek Him throughout the day.