Monday, April 4, 2011

Whole Hearted Devotion

  This subject has been on my heart quite a bit lately.  And He has reminded me of our conversation several times this past week. 



Deuteronomy 30:6 says "The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts & the hearts of your descendants, so that you  may love Him with ALL your heart & with ALL your soul & live."

 Joshua 22:5 "But be very careful to keep the commandment & the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in All His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him & to serve Him with ALL your heart & ALL your soul."

1 Chronicles 28:9  "And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father & serve Him with wholehearted devotion & with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart & understands every motive behind the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you: but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever."

Psalm 9:1  I will praise you, O Lord, with ALL my heart: I will tell of ALL your wonders."

Psalm 86:11-12 "Teach me your way, O Lord, & I will walk in your truth: give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.   I will praise you, O Lord my God with ALL my heart; I will glorify your name forever."

Psalm 111:1 "I will extol the Lord with ALL my heart."

Jeremiah 29:13  "You will seek me & find me when you seek me with ALL your heart."

Revelation 3:15-16 "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot, I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Now let me say that wholehearted devotion is a touchy subject for me.  I know first hand how easy it is to slip in with the crowd.  But I also know all too well what God wants from me.  It isn't easy to always have whole hearted devotion.  But this was one subject God spoke as audible as I have ever heard Him.

I had been to Nashville to my first ever Beth Moore conference.  It was the Deeper Still Event.  The place was packed!! I mean packed!  My friend & I got to the arena early so we could get in line.  Well, when we got there who else was in the lobby?  Yep Beth Moore.  So my friend said, go on. Let me take your picture with her.  Well, she was taking a picture with a group of ladies I didn't know so I wouldn't go.  I told my friend, "Nope. I want all by myself with her or not at all."  All or nothing.  Sunday morning after this trip,  as I was getting ready for church, actually I was ironing the preacher's clothes, I was on the fence about playing a song for special music that Sunday.  I had been asked me to play something so I was actually arguing with God about it.  But there was no more debate when He spoke to me & said, "I want all of you or none of you!"  Now if that don't stop you in your tracks nothing will.  I was astonished.  To hear God speak to me in that tone.  ALL OR NONE!!!  Guess what?  He got my attention that Sunday morning.  From then on, I have tried my best to be all in.  Yes, there are times when it has been half hearted.  And I am real quick to recognize it or He is quick to point it out. None the less, that is exactly what He wants from everyone of us.  Revelation leaves nothing to the imagination.  He wants us to be hot or cold.

So I dare ask this of you:  Are you all in or all out?  Are you hot or cold.  Half way in the middle just won't work.  Daddy said so. I admit I haven't been as hot or as radical as what my Father wants me to be.  But I am here to tell you, if the party favors depend on my answer I want to get the right one.  Cause the party favors sometimes make the party the best ever!  You know like a full ocean view or partial.  Cause let me tell ya after I worship my Jesus, talk a bit with Mary, visit with Peter & some of the others, (yes, I am gonna look up my earthly father too).  (Who knows he may meet me at the gate & escort me right to the feet of Jesus). I want a good view & a great beach party! So I am ALL in.

2 comments:

  1. Amen Beth!I'm ALL in too. May you feel God's presence this very day. Lamintations 3:22-27 NIV ~ Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself,"The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

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