Enjoying the Journey

I don’t know when the word devotions started to mean the daily meeting with God in prayer and the Word. The only two times the word is used in our English Bible is in the negative. The Apostle Paul beheld the devotions of the idolatrous people in Athens. In his own words, “For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). The same word that Paul uses in Athens he uses to describe the anti-christ in 2 Thessalonians 2:4. The word means “the object of worship or admiration.” Just because you “have devotions” doesn’t mean that God is…

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Books are wonderful tools.  When it comes to the daily quiet time there are a number of wonderful books that may be used with great benefit.  Occasionally I enjoy reading after an author whose sole purpose in writing is devotional in nature.  Oswald Chambers is a wonderful example of this.  His highly recommended My Utmost For His Highest is thought-provoking. E.M Bounds books on prayer are another good example.  They stir the heart to seek the Lord more fervently and purposefully in prayer.  Recently I ran across a rather new book that has been a great help to me in this way.  Though I know little about the writer, Bob Sorge’s Secrets of the Secret Place has served to enhance my daily…

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Down times can often be down times.  Activity, or lack of it, has a great deal of effect on our emotions.  The closing days of a year are a very reflective time for most people.  Holidays mark the end of yet another year.  Life is passing quickly. The danger in all of this, of course, is that it is easy to get our eyes on our circumstances, on ourselves, and off of the Lord.  Remember that it is an all-wise God who designed the seasons, every season with its purpose.  This season is an interval to rest and be renewed for the days ahead. As I grow older I appreciate more the “down times.”  They are necessary before the next…

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