by Pastor Tim Burt
I make it a priority to have devotional time with the Lord and the Bible every day. For me, it’s usually in the morning. Devotion can take on different forms but it’s always to the one and only God. The word devotion is used in the Bible by the Apostle Paul. We see it in Acts 17:23 (NKJV) Paul says, to some pagan leaders, “for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: ”
At this point Paul begins to share with them some of the most powerful words of truth ever declared to anyone. He reveals the truth to them about their misguided attempts to worship God—which is a good thing—but worshiping false gods, because they did not know about the one and only God. He continues to say to them:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent. For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.” Paul continued to teach them about Jesus and as always, some wanted to learn and believed and some mocked him.” Acts 17:24-31 NIV
Jesus is coming again. He foretold of the last days and of His return and the signs that would proceed these events. In Mark 13:32-33 NLT Jesus said, “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”
Out of ignorance people in the world make statements that Christians are intolerant because they are unwilling to believe that there are other ways to God besides Jesus. What they don’t realize when they say that is, those other religions are intolerant toward other religions. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., do not think there are other ways. They believe theirs is the only way to their god. Only Jesus provides a way for man’s sins and failures to be forgiven and be restored to God in relationship and one day Heaven.
No other person or so-called god ever did the miracles recorded in the Bible that Jesus did. Not one! Only God could! When the guards came to get Jesus at the mount of Olives, Peter took his sword and cut off the ear of one of the guards. Jesus immediately healed the guards ear. Luke 22:51 “…Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” Only God can do the multitude of miracles recorded by Jesus!
Jesus is coming again. There was a day when the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the gospel of the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life through His grace, couldn’t reach the entire world. But that day is gone. Through technology, the gospel is reaching the entire world.
Jesus is coming again to love and receive all who believe. Now is the time to know Him, receive Him personally into your heart, and through Him be washed of your sins and reconciled to God. Again, the Apostle Paul said, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the one (Jesus) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Jesus alone is the only one who is worthy as the object of our devotion! Jesus alone can save man from their sins! Jesus alone can give us the gift of eternal life. Receive Him today!
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is not found in any other than Jesus! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.”
Philippians 2:9-11 “God raised Him up to the heights of Heaven and gave Him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
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In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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