Sacred Devotional: An Avenue for
Christian Spiritual Growth
Devotional archives found here!
What are Devotionals?
In essence devotionals are a form of worship.
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." Titus 2:11-12(NIV)
They represent adoration and reverence towards Spirit. When you have deep felt feelings towards a person or thing, you set aside time to dedicate to that particular person or thing.
The same is true when you practice Christian spiritual growth. Dedicating time and energy to Spirit communicates that Spirit is the object of your worship.
To do this, many individuals consecrate, or set apart, a certain time of day in order to pray, read sacred text, or commune with others in a way that reverences the Holy.
Devote Time to Seek God
"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33(NLT)
When you sacrifice your time you are emptying yourself out in order to be receptive to Spirit.
Seeking God in this way is a form of offering yourself up to the Holy. There are countless examples of Biblical figures prioritizing their day by setting aside time strictly dedicated to God.
Why Devote Time to the Holy Spirit?
Just as in any other relationship, being open and receptive to Spirit strengthens the bond between the two of you.
Opening up your spirit gives the Holy Spirit free reign to conform your life into the Designer’s original purpose for your existence.
As shown from Matthew 6:33 above, as a seeker, you can cast all of your cares on God because in the process of seeking, all of your needs will be met by Spirit.
You may still encounter challenges, but in seeking God and living according to His will for your life, things will ultimately come together for your benefit.
Setting aside this time is also an expression of gratitude.
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High." Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)
Devoting time to God prevents you from making decisions that would lead you out of the will of God.
Your most genuine beliefs are stored in your heart, and your actions represent your beliefs. By planting the characteristics of the Spirit in your heart through devotions, your character begins to change and will become evident through the way you think, speak, act, and interact with others.
Use of Devotionals
Devotionals allow you to get a jumpstart on your entire week and can refresh your day.
The ones found on this site are designed to include two or more of the following components:
- Historical background
- Practical life example, and
- A challenge for moving forward
More on the Four Components:
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- Scriptural Reference
- Each weekly devotional will include a Bible verse that corresponds with the message presented for the week.
- Unless otherwise noted, all scriptural references will be taken from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible. But alternative Bible versions will be chosen if they more clearly communicate the intended message.
- Historical Background
- Understanding the historical context of a Bible verse can provide a clearer depiction of the author’s intentions and the ways in which the message of the text can be applied to everyday life.
- At times, Hebrew and/or Greek terms will be introduced and defined to aid in interpretation and application.
- Life Example
- No one wants to suffer in solitude. We often find comfort in knowing that we are not alone in dealing with life’s challenges. You can rest in knowing that others can relate to your life experiences.
- It is also easier to understand scripture when you can apply it to your contemporary concerns. So the weekly devotionals offered on this site will sometimes include a modern-day life situation that aims to provide an example of how Spirit is with you, even in the present.
- Moving Forward
- This component will offer a prayer or list ways to relate the message of the scripture to your life. It will invite you to dedicate some portion of your weekly schedule to seeking the Kingdom of God.
- You will be encouraged to move your life forward by relying on the grace and mercy of the Holy to sustain you through your spiritual life journey.
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