Devotional: Our Undivided Adoration*
“Honoring God means that the Lord’s pleasure and glory comes first. It means giving respect and deference to Him and esteeming Him above the thoughts of those we love. It means that we are willing to suffer disrespect and even persecution in order to respect Him. We can detect the worship of false gods in our hearts when we honor anything above God.”**
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God wants our undivided adoration. What does this mean? How does one of flesh love with undivided adoration? We know the answer — it is only through the grace, mercy and love of Jesus Christ. It is only by being filled with His Holy Spirit, covered in His righteousness that we are able to even claim adoration of God at all. He ordained, He came, He gave, He died, He lives for us and we, because we are His, live for Him in adoration and obedience. Will it be divided in the pilgrimage of this life? Yes, it will because we are flesh and still do mind the things of the flesh, idols of the heart and mind, and the ever-present self-pleasing, self-love and self-gratification. It is part and parcel of our weakness as flesh. It shows our need of Christ in every minute of daily living in consecration, repentance, perseverance and submission to be able to love Him as He has called us to do and to serve in humble reliance upon Him. So then friends, here is our hope and reason for rejoicing – we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and the power of God rests upon us so that we can “do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Php 4:13) and so honor the Lord God that we love and adore.
Prayer: Blessed God, our Lord, Savior and Christ, thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit and every gift that You have given to us for “life and godliness,” so that we can cast out the idols of our hearts and be filled with your “heart’s desire” for us. We want to be Your obedient children, help us day-by-day to love, serve, honor and follow you in humble obedience. In Your Name, we pray, Amen
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* TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen, Summary Comments, Bible-Book Study: Idols of the Heart
** Quote, Idols of the Heart, p.36