Daily Devotional for Wednesday August 16, 2017

Scripture:

Galatians 5:13 (NASB) For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Observation:

Take control of your desires. We should have only one desire—to do the will of God. That should be our number one focus, but so often we say, “What about what I want?” If our wants become our goal in life, then we have missed the boat when it comes to Christ and walking the walk with Him. If it is all about our wants and desires for ourselves, then how can we serve God? We cannot serve two masters. I was looking forward to the Praise and Worship at our church. I love to sing to our God and give Him praise. My desire burned with in me as I drove to church. I had some praise and worship music on the radio and sang loud unto the Lord. I wanted to escape the worries of the week in praising Him. When I got to church, there was a small problem that needed attention. I missed the praise and worship. Sadly, as I looked back, I realized it was selfish praise that I was willing to offer Him. My desire was about me and not Him. I wanted to sing to make me feel better not praise Him. My worship was really tainted in selfish desire. It has to be ALL FOR HIM. Is your desire for Him or for yourself? 

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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