NEW Series: The Purpose of Devotion: #1

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[I am starting a new series on the subject of doing devotions. I love my time with the Lord, and have since the day He rescued me from a life of sin 7 1/2 years ago. I have learned so much from this One-on-one time with Him, and found it worthy of writing. I have some ideas for some other posts in the series, but I would love to hear from you. What has God taught you through your time with Him? What keeps you from spending time with Him? What would you like to change or implement into your devotional time with God?  Join the discussion! Leave a comment, or send me an e-mail.]

This morning, as I did my devotions in my tranquil and inviting backyard, I was reading from an insightful book, listening to passionate, adoring worship music, and drawing from Truth found in the Word. All good things, and a great morning with a hefty dose of Jesus, if you ask me. But as I pondered on all these things I was doing, I heard Him ask me:

“What is the purpose of your devotion?”

From there, I felt the Spirit lead me through detailed questions relating to the specificity of my life, season, and circumstances … “How does all of this knowledge and input apply to my life right now? How does this concept from that book apply to my set of circumstances in which I am living? How does this specific song of praise ring true from my heart as I sing it to the Lord? What does this specific verse in Scripture that I have read dozens of times mean for me on this day?”

If there is not a deeply rooted connection between what I am reading, learning, and listening to and what is going on inside of my heart, these efforts are in vain.

What I claim to be “devotion” is simply going through the motions of what I think I should do because I am a Christian.

Without the specific application that revolutionizes my heart and actually causes my inner being to change and become more like the Savior, these books become self-help, the worship becomes lip-service, and the Bible becomes theoretical.

So, rather than rush through a book just to say I have read it, I read a chapter and then I ponder and consider its message. Rather than worship through seven songs to say I worshiped for a long time, I am going to get on my knees and sing one song from the depths of my being, and repeat it over and over if I feel so lead. Rather than power through the Word to say that I have read it in its entirety in 365 days, I choose a verse and I let it penetrate far enough inside of me that my soul begins to change.

I want to be changed by His Word because He told me it is alive and active.  I want to experience the abundant life He promised me; the life He died for me to have.

I want my relationship with God to transcend far beyond a list of spiritual disciplines; I want to know Him intimately.

I want to abide in Him, and never leave.

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12 Comments

  1. Amen Sistah! This is the separation between covenantal love devotion and religion.

  2. You are going beneath the surface of basic Christian lifestyle into the essence of knowing God. Keep going!

  3. Jen, I believe this is where I am at this season of my life. I am all churched out, I know praise is comely for the upright, but I now just feel like I am going through the motions of church. I want to know God intimately. I also know that it’s going to take much sacrifice on my part to get to that secret place in Him. I thank you for the revelation of What is the purpose of your devotion…powerful question from the Lord!

    • Katonga,
      Thank you for your comment and your transparency. I understand the place in which you find yourself. It will take sacrifice, but it will always be worth it. There is no greater prize than getting closer to God. I encourage you in your desire to meet with Him. He will meet with you and blow you away with His goodness. Praying for you.

  4. I echo the comments here as well. I think we have to be careful to not just go through the motions, but to almost develop child-like eyes of wonderment and devotion to our faith and getting to know God’s word. Thanks for sharing this and I’m looking forward to checking back soon! :)

  5. Jenny,
    Nothing can be compared with intimacy with God! Getting to that level is a life-long journey; and not what can be gotten only during devotional hours. He really wants our lives to be a devotion itself. He desires that we develop a oneness of mind with Him that will make it natural for us to behave ‘God’ in every issue of life – just as breathe is natural to the living. It is true that we cannot know Him in totality. Yet, we can know Him well enough to manifest Him irrefutably upon the earth. This level of intimacy with God is my PASSION!

    • Sam, thank you for your comment! I agree, that level of intimacy cannot be reached in devotions alone, but they are a beginning. I was planning on writing about that next. :)

  6. I just recently found your blog and I can’t help but laugh at the goodness of the Lord as I read through your blog, the goodness of the Lord is so clear, He is at work in the singles ministry, as we sift through our hearts desire and Gods will, He meets us in our waiting, He meets us in our times of prayer, He meets us in our times of question. How beautiful is our relationship with God, I’m praying for you, and I’m so excited to be on the same road, experiencing the same goodness, seeing God working in the hearte of His daughters, Christ is doing a new thing!
    Love you :)!

    • I am so glad you found my blog :) Great to meet you here. I am glad you are finding peace and comfort in the midst of your journey. His heart for you is so big; I pray you begin to discover it in its entirety. He has so much to reveal to you.

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