RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SET YOUR ATTENTION AND AFFECTION ON HIM .
Sunday, December 10th .
LOOKING UNTO JESUS the author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2).
Acts 3 tells a remarkable story of how a few weeks after the ascension of Jesus, Peter and John were going into the temple at the hour of prayer. They met a man who was lame from his mother’s womb, and laid at the gate of the temple to ask alms of those entering the temple. The Bible says, “…Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, LOOK ON US” (Acts 3:4). Peter, in other words, was saying, “Give us your attention!”
The crippled man gave them his attention expecting to receive alms but Peter didn’t have any money on him at the time, and said: “…Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he (Peter) took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God” (Acts 3:6-8).
Anyone who gives the Lord or His Word attention will always have a miracle. Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” God desires to have your attention. He knows if He has your attention, He can lead and guide you in the destiny He’s planned for you. He knows what’s best for you, and what your life should be. There’s therefore nothing for you to worry over, but to live confidently and joyfully every day, in His Word.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Refuse to allow anything distract or take your focus away from the Lord and His eternal Word. Set your attention and affection on Him and on the things He cares about. Be a soul winner. Live for Him.
All that you are, and all that you have, are in Him. He’s your reason for being. Trust Him with your life and He’ll order your steps and synchronize you with His perfect will. Meditate on His grace and love, and He’ll cause you to ride above the adversities of life.
Blessed Father, how great thou art! You’re gracious and kind, and in you I’ve found eternal joy and peace. I live for you alone, and I glorify you, for you’re God, and your greatness is unfathomable. I rejoice that I belong to you, to fulfil all the good pleasure of your goodness, and produce works of righteousness, to your glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Colossians 3:1-3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Revelation 2:18-3:1-6,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: John 19:13-22,
2 Chronicles 21-22