1 Kings 8:61 Fully Committed

And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time. 1 Kings 8:61

Being fully committed to something means that one will do whatever it takes to complete the task. Very often people are not fully committed to something. Their mind wanders and are desiring something different, wishing to be somewhere different or doing something different.

The difference between a good sports player and one who is great is their level of commitment. One will do whatever it takes, while the other stops short and is distracted.

Right after Solomon finished building the temple and dedicating it, he prayed that the people would have their hearts fully committed to God and to obey all of God’s commands.

Everyone has many things that are going on in their life at any given moment. Everything pulls their attention and commitments different directions. There are jobs, friends, family, spouses, cleaning, repairs, bills, health issues, travel, children, and much more all needing some attention.

One thing that all of these have in common are that they need some attention from the person. In the process of giving attention to all of these things, often some things are ignored or forgotten and placed on the side.

God and His commands are often one of the first things that people put on the side in all of their busyness, and not just on Sundays.

Believers need to have a heart that is fully committed to the Lord and obeying His commands no matter what comes their way. God has the perfect plan for every believer, so their first focus must always be towards God and obeying Him, then trusting God for anything else needed.

Hearts must be fully committed to God.

You have many things that strive to call your attention. While many of these things are important, God and His commands are the most important.

God is committed to you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is committed to leading and guiding you on the best path possible.

Do not allow the cares of this world turn you away from God and His commands but drive you closer to Him. Do not be a half-hearted believer, but fully committed to loving God, obeying God and living by His standards with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will obey all of God’s commands; that your heart will be fully committed to God; and that you will put God first in all that you think, say or do every day of your life.

Exodus 19:8 Will You Do All God Says?

The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.” So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord. Exodus 19:8

Agreements are made all the time between two or more people, or between a person and businesses, or even between businesses. Under the agreement both parties must be willing to do everything that was said and agreed upon. People are willing to make those agreements with others and with businesses and hold to the agreement.

In most agreements, both groups understand what is required prior to making the full agreement. Very seldom will someone agree to something without full understanding of the requirements.

As God begins to lead the Israelites, He tells the people that if they will obey Him, they will be His people. The people tell Moses that they will do all that God has said.

At the point a person chooses to repent of his sins, have faith in the work of Jesus and become a believer, he makes a choice to begin to obey God. No one really knows what all that it means to obey God at the moment of salvation. It is a whole new life for them, the old is past and the new has come.

Growing in the Lord Jesus causes a person to begin to understand more and more what it means to obey God. Jesus obeyed God the Father perfectly, even including going to the cross to die for the sins of others. There was absolutely nothing He would not do for His Father.

Every believer needs to live in the same way, totally committed to obeying every command God gives, no matter how difficult or crazy it may sound. Commitment is to be complete and not only when it feels or looks good.

When you became a believer, you did not know everything God would tell you to do. Nor do you know everything God will yet to tell you to do.

Every day and in every moment, you have a choice to make as to whether you will commit yourself to obey all that God says. It is best to make that commitment now, so that when God says something you will be ready, willing and able to do it.

Do not allow room in your life to disobey God and not do what He commands. Despite failures in the past, make that commitment to God today for your future.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be committed to obeying God; that you will hear when God tells you what to do; and that you will trust God in all of His commands to you.

Luke 23:46 In God’s Hands

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

Last moments of life, going into death, are often scary for most people. They do not know what to expect. They often cling to life refusing to want to give up and die. The unknown is something that awaits them and it is fearful.

It is in these last moments of life that many people realize how temporary life is and how little material things really are.

As Jesus was giving up His last breaths of life and dying, He committed His Spirit to the Father, God, and died.

The commitment of His Spirit to the Father is His absolute trust in God to take care of His Spirit and bring Him back to life.

Just as those in the world fear death, there are some believers who fear it also. They question what they believe and what God is going to do. As this happens, it is a sign that they really don’t know or understand God’s great, eternal and perfect love for them.

The only reason God sent Jesus to die was to save people from their sins and give them eternal life. This is perfect love. Knowing this, the believer can trust God’s word and His actions. God will never go back on His word.

At the moment a believer fully trusts God’s perfect word, he can face death with the peace Jesus had. He will be able to commit his life and spirit to God, knowing God will raise him from the dead to eternal life.

This takes away all the fear and unknown of death. There is eternal life found after physical death on this earth.

You may or may not have come close to death yourself. You most likely have seen known of others to die. When you are faced with death, you may have wondered what is next and if you are ready for it. Questions may arise in your heart about whether God will save you or not.

As long as you believe in the work and grace of Jesus and you repent of your sins, God will save you. The life you now live is only temporary. Commit your life and Spirit to God and He will give you eternal life.

Rest in knowing God loves you, forgives you and will raise you from the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy towards you; and that you will commit your life and spirit into God’s hands.

1 Chronicles 22:19 Commitment To Seek God

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Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD. 1 Chronicles 22:19 

Being devoted to something means that one will give his full attention and all his efforts to it. Very few people are fully devoted to anything. Most things are held with a loose hand, ready to let it go and move on to something else.

In the business world, contracts are often written up with many clauses to excuse continuing the work. Devotion will continue going forward, regardless of what is occurring. It is being committed all the way to the end, at any cost.

Marriages often end in divorce, because one or both of the couple are not fully devoted to the marriage. They see events or actions as a way out from the agreement.

As David was nearing the end of his life, he had provided all the materials needed for his son to build the temple. He told Solomon to devote his heart and soul to seeking after God. In doing this, he would be able to build the temple and have a great kingdom.

Just as the does not like to be fully committed to things, many believers are not fully devoted to God. They go to church on Sunday and worship, but then on Monday are living like the world. They seek God when in an emergency, but ignore Him in times of prosperity.

Devotion to God means that one will seek God all the time in every situation, both good and bad. Every action, word or thought will be done with God in mind. Everything in his heart and soul is focused on pleasing God, not for salvation, but out of love and devotion to God for what He has done for him.

Take a look at your life and see what are you devoted to. What do you put all of your time and attention into?

Seeking after God will bring you peace, strength, comfort, joy, and eternal life. God’s heart is a heart of love. God only wants what is best for you, so seek what He has for you. Focus your life on loving and serving God with everything that is within you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek after God with all of your heart; that you will commit your life to serving God; and that you will not seek anything but God.