1 Kings 15:3 Not Fully Devoted

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He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not full devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. 1 Kings 15:3 

Being devoted to someone or something is to show a very high level of love for and loyalty to that someone or something. Some people are very highly devoted to some things, while not fully devoted to other things.

There are people who are so devoted to a football team, or some other sport, that they will never miss watching a game, will purchase as much as they can of their stuff and talk about them all the time. Spending money to see the team play is easy for them to do. Putting aside work, family and God is a common thing to do, in order to watch the game.

Others are devoted to their jobs, or some other hobby, or something else. Whatever they are devoted to, they put it ahead of everything else.

While many people are devoted to something, there are also a lot of things that people are not devoted to. They do their work, but are not fully devoted to it, because they will cut corners and cheat the system.

Abijah had become king of Judah and followed all the sins of his father. His heart was not fully devoted to God. He knew of God and claimed to follow God, but would not do all that God had said to do.

Not being fully devoted to God is a common problem for many believers. They love God on Sundays or when they need God’s help, but the rest of the time they live for themselves. Some may not live in horrible sinful ways, but they are still not following God. They are not sold out on obeying God in every area of their lives.

As a believer you have committed your life to God. This means you need to be fully devoted to God and His ways. Everything you do should be focused on God and His kingdom.

Do not allow yourself to turn towards sin and this world. Keep your focus on God. As your heart is fully devoted to God, you will not turn towards sin or this world. You will flee sinful acts and the evil ways of this world.

What is your heart devoted to today? Is it the temporary things of this world or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your whole heart and life will be devoted to God; that you will be faithful to God; and that you will live to serve God and build His kingdom. 

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1 Kings 8:6 The Most Holy Place

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The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 1 Kings 8:6 

Shortly after becoming king of Israel, Solomon chose to begin building the temple to God that his father, David, had wanted to build, but was not allowed to. After a lot of work of building the building, the priests brought the ark of the covenant into the building and placed it in the Most Holy Place.

At the time the ark of the covenant represented God’s presence and His agreement with the Israelites. It was an agreement that if the people followed His commands, He would be their God and take care of them. In it there was a copy of the ten commandments, a jar of manna, and the budding branch. This represented what the people had to do, God’s provision and God’s leadership.

This ark was placed in the Most Holy Place. It was the place that God would directly dwell when among the people. It was behind a huge curtain and was a place of no sin and only the high priest was allowed in once a year. It was God’s place.

A thousand years later, Jesus had died upon the cross, ripping the curtain in two and open and making a way for every person to go into the Most Holy Place where God is. The new location for God’s place to dwell was no longer in a temple, but in the heart of a person.

When one seeks forgiveness and believes in Jesus, his heart is made pure and holy–the Most Holy Place. It becomes the dwelling place of God. There is now a covenant–an agreement–between God and the person placed in the heart. There is also a sign of the provision for forgiveness and eternal life placed in the heart.

Believe in the work that Jesus did for you to remove your sins and give you eternal life. Accept His work in your life and become a believer. Do not allow the covenant of sin of this world to take a place in your heart.

As a believer, you now have God’s covenant placed in your heart. Your heart has become the Most Holy Place–the dwelling place of God. God is with you and will not leave you.

Believe in Jesus and allow God’s presence to be in your life daily.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will allow God’s presence to fill your life; and that your heart will be the Most Holy Place unto God. 

1 Samuel 16:10 Allowing God To Choose

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Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 1 Samuel 16:10 

All around the nation there are elections going on nearly all the time. People work on voting for others going into many different types of government positions or positions in a business, in an organization or even in a church.

Choosing who should be in each position is often done by looking at what they person can or cannot do and what he has done in the past. Sometimes people will also look at the character of the person to help make their choice as to who to vote for.

Rarely do people actually seek God’s answer as to who to choose and to go with His answer.

God had told Samuel that He had rejected Saul as the king and wanted to anoint another to become king. He sent Samuel to the home of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to become king. Jesse brings his first seven older sons to Samuel, leaving behind the youngest.

As each of the older ones passed by Samuel, Samuel thought each might be the one for various outside appearance reasons, yet God rejected each one. God had already made the choice of the youngest, David. Samuel would not choose any that was not chosen by God.

In the same way as Samuel has acted, every believer needs to seek God’s direction in choosing someone for a position or to make any decisions in their lives. Outside appearances of a person can be deceiving. Humans only see the outside, while God sees the entire heart of the person. He is looking for people who will serve Him with all of their heart.

Allowing God to make the choice, does not always look the wisest, yet it is the always the best choice. Those who serve God are the ones God wants to choose.

There will be times you will need to make a choice. It could be for voting for someone for a person or it could be some other choice. Either way, you must bring the choice before God and allow Him to make the decision. Allow God to guide you in what choice you make.

David later become one of the greatest kings Israel ever had. Your choice may be the one that impacts the world, because you allowed God to make the choice.

Today I pray that God will guide you in choices you need to make; that you will allow God to put His choice of people into positions; that you will seek God for every choice needed to be made; and that God will work through you to touch the world. 

1 Samuel 4:22 The Glory Has Departed

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She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” 1 Samuel 4:22 

When there is a light shining in a room, it can be seen by everyone in the room, regardless of how bright or dim the light is. A dim light can still break through and overcome the darkness. However, when that light is removed from the room or put out, there is no longer any light to be seen and it is completely dark.

Israel had chosen to walk away from God and its religious leaders were not pointing the way back to God. The Israelites had chosen to fight against the Philistines and push them out of their country, yet, the Philistines had won the battle and captured the ark of the covenant. At the same time, Eli and his sons were killed in the battle. They had been the prophets and leaders of the nation.

Eli’s daughter-in-law stated that the Glory had departed Israel. She was talking about God had departed and abandoned Israel. Israel had allowed the ark of the covenant to be captured. This was God’s resting place among the people.

Although the ark of the covenant no longer exists, there is a resting place for God. That resting place is the hearts of men and women. When a person has given his life to God, God makes his heart a resting place and there is glory in his life.

There are times when people allow their hearts to be captured by this world, and force God to depart. They choose to live in sin, refusing to repent or change. As this happens, they no longer have the peace and joy of God in their lives. The glory of God has departed their lives, because God cannot live in a place with sin or where He is not on the throne.

In your life there may be times where you have allowed, or are currently allowing, your heart to be captured by the world. You had or have chosen to follow this world, rather than God. During this time you will no longer feel His presence or joy. His glory has departed.

The good news is that you can always repent and allow God back onto the throne of your heart. Allow God to be the head ruler, and not this world or its things.

With your heart God does not have to depart.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will have a place in your heart; that you will give God your whole heart; and that you will always know God’s presence in your life. 

Joshua 24:23 Yield Your Heart To God

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“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23 

In this world self is very important. Everything is about self. People are looking at how they can make it for themselves. They want to be pleased and served, before serving others. They want to be taken care of first, above everyone else.

Self is the greatest ‘god’ on this earth. It rises above everything else and any other belief. From birth, most children are to believe in self and are told that they can do anything they want, as long as they try hard. With this training and thinking, people grow up to be doing things for self and not about God or anyone else.

As people focus on self, they cannot yield to others or God. It is all about self and promotion of self.

As Joshua was preparing for his death, he told the people to get rid of all foreign gods and yield their hearts to God.

The Israelites were dealing with physical idols and false gods in their lives. They were to get rid of these idols and gods, so that they could yield their heart to God. They were to stop being about self and follow God with everything that is in them.

Yielding to God is allowing God to take control. He becomes the focus. He is what everything is about. It is no longer about self, but God and His kingdom.

Most people, today, do not physically bow down to idols, but they do worship false gods all the time. They bow to their careers, money, drugs, sex, music, and self. They believe that self is the greatest thing in this world. They don’t have time for God.

There are also many in the church who don’t make time for God.

God wants your whole heart and life. To yield to Him is to give Him absolute control over your heart and life.

Allow God to be the one who makes your heart glad. Allow God to be the one who gives you purpose and meaning in this life.

As you yield your heart to God, you will be able to get rid of the foreign gods in your life, the gods of this world–self, greed, pride, anger, rage, immorality, and more.

Who will you yield to?

Self and this world?

Or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you turn from all false gods; that you will yield your whole heart and life to God; and that you will serve God with all of your heart.