SINGLENESS OF DEVOTION!

Verse for Today: Friday, April 29, 2011
Psalms 86:11b – Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.

A great battle has been going on since the time of creation for the heart of man. God created man with a heart for Him. Man had undivided fellowship with God in the coolness of the Garden of Eden. But when sin entered man, it divided his heart. Since that time, a battle has been waged by the enemies of God to capture the heart of man. The world has so many temporal attractions to divide the heart, attention, desire, priority and goals of man through mind manipulation. The world offers man so many hollow avenues for temporal satisfaction. These temporal avenues entice man with empty promises, and plunge man into frustration. Man moves from one avenue to another seeking satisfaction and contentment in life, never to find it. But all the while, God offers man singleness of heart through devotion, love, loyalty and allegiance to Him and the eternal realities that He offers. Satan encourages man to try to enjoy both the divine and the temporal at the same time which men have been trying since the Garden of Eden, but failed miserably. When man is tossed around with avenues of dissatisfaction, his life ends in a series of frustrations and discontentment. Thus human life has become a perennial battleground, filled with insecurity, rebellion, competition, gossip, envy, conflicts, fights and arguments to amass more of the temporal achievements which are like bubbles. In the midst of such battles for the minds, a child of God must desire an undivided heart filled with devotion and love to the Lord and His ways.

Dear friend, do you realize that there is a battle going on today for your heart and devotion? God loves you and wants you to love Him back with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and live for Him. If you live for Him with total allegiance and undivided loyalty, it will fill you with lasting satisfaction in life. You will then have no desire for competition, rebellion or conflict to achieve worldly goals in life. If you live in devotion and love for the Lord, He will keep your heart undivided. You will grow in deeper devotion to the Lord and will always want to have singleness of heart in loyalty to Him alone. But if you loose track of a life of total allegiance and devotion to Him, you will fall into the trap of the mirage of temporary satisfaction through a divided heart putting your loyalty to Satan, world and all that the Vanity Fair offers. If your heart is thus divided, you will loose your focus in life from the eternal to the temporal and will keep drinking the lukewarm water from the broken cisterns of this world and be never quenched. You need to ask the Lord to keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus and to live in reverence to Him. You need to daily give undivided attention to the Lord Jesus and His glory. When you are thus in continuous fellowship with Him, He will fill your heart with Himself which will be the most satisfying experience in life. As your eyes are fixed on the author and finisher of your faith, you will enjoy peace, joy, patience, goodness, grace, gentleness, kindness and satisfaction which no force on earth can take away from you. Let your prayer today be for an undivided heart in total dependence, commitment and surrender to the Lord Jesus who gave Himself for you. He will fill you with Himself and in Him you will find all the desires of your heart fulfilled.

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thought for Today
The Great Physician is willing to set our divided hearts, make it whole again and fill it with divine and eternal bliss.

SINGLENESS OF DEVOTION!
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