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Monday, November 17, 2014

Devoted, Dedicated to Daily Devotion



Devoted, Dedicated to Daily Devotion

     When I began writing daily devotionals, and I didn’t realize the magnitude of people that it would actually touch on a daily basis. I knew when I started three years ago; that God had a calling on my life, but I didn’t have a clue of how great it would be. See, it started out simply as daily postings to Facebook ,but people were encouraged by them. Then I started the blog and I began to get messages and responses from people I’ve never met and they would tell me that, through my words, they've been encouraged. It was then that I understood, it wasn’t about me. I cannot lie and say that I was entirely devoted when I first began because I wasn’t. Yes, I wrote my blogs and I went to church, but I wasn’t studying the word like I should and doing the things I know I could so I had to change and I did. 

LaKisha Johnson
    I became devoted to God. I stopped running from Him and I recently accepted my calling into the ministry. My devotion to God became greater and His devotion to me did too. Please understand, God’s devotion to me was always great yet, I couldn’t see it because I was looking through my natural eyes, but when my devotion became devoted; my eyesight changed! Oh, then I began to see things through my spiritual eyes and they looked differently. Yea, I could see clearer because I saw that I had help. Baby, when my daily devotion became devoted, thangs changed for the greater! 
     I often refer back to the scripture in Proverbs 18:16, which says, “A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men, because even though I had no idea how my gift would be used or the many it would touch, God did. He knew all along because He tells me, through His word, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5” It’s the same for you. All you have to do is change what you’re devoted to. Make God the head and see if it won’t change some things around in your life, if you’re willing to allow the change and then accept it.
    You may be new in your Christian walk and not quite sure what devotion is, but it simply means to be dedicated. However, let me share what I think devotion is. This is only my opinion and this piece can be found in my book, Doses of Devotion that is available on Amazon. It still fits today because devotion doesn’t change.  
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“What is devotion? Devotion is defined as profound dedication, consecration or an earnest attachment to a cause, person or assignment. It is also defined as an appropriation to any purpose, cause, or as observance or worship; a form of prayer or worship for special use. (Source: http://dictionary.reference.com)
       Devotion, in church, usually begins the worship service and its purpose is to set the tone of the service to follow.  It is often led by the deacons and/or praise team and includes songs, scripture reading and prayers.  Devotion is also considered, by the definition above, to be a form of prayer for special use. So I’ve found devotion to be my release, almost like what a sermon is to a preacher.  It has become my way of uplifting someone who is broken down and an encourager to those who may feel like there is no hope in their current circumstance.  I use this devotional as a means to reach more people who are in need of some understanding of the bible and God’s word because if there is no understanding, there is no knowledge being taught or learned.  
       Now, please know devotion isn’t only for churches or worship services because devotion can be done at home on a Monday morning before work, it can be held on a Saturday afternoon before family gatherings or on Wednesday nights before heading out with friends.  Devotion simply means to be dedicated to whatever you have chosen to do and if your choice is God, then be devoted to him and in your devotion, talk to him in secret prayer or worship.  Why not be dedicated to God’s word?  When you are, you’ll get a better understanding of this world and the life that you are destined to live?  Have devotion with yourself before going into your job and watch how your day changes.  Have devotion with yourself before worship and see how your praise changes.  Devotion isn’t limited to churches so stop limiting your devotion!”
       Become devoted to your own daily devotion and see if it doesn’t make a difference in your life! When your devotion to God becomes devoted, it will make you talk different and you don’t even realize it and your walk is different and you can’t even see it. The change will be evident by you! It’s worth it … I am a living witness!