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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 4, 2013 - A Devotion About Devotion

By Kristen Feola

"They devoted themselves ... " (Acts 2:42, NIV).

I get excited when I read Acts. In the first three chapters alone, Jesus ascends into heaven, the Holy Spirit baptizes the 120 at Pentecost, 3,000 people are saved in one day, and a crippled beggar receives healing. And that's only the beginning! The next 25 chapters describe one miraculous event after another.

Such stories amaze me, but they're also unsettling. I'm bothered by the fact the experiences of the Early Church are so different from what we know today. Why don't we witness more of God's supernatural power?

When you study Acts 2:42-47, you see these disciples were not half-hearted followers of Jesus. Their faith was so attractive that "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (2:47). Imagine it. Every single day people were rescued from sin! Every single day people received eternal life! Wouldn't you like to see that happen?

Of course you would. So would I. Then, why don't we? Has God's power diminished over time? Absolutely not. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. God hasn't changed at all. Obviously, then, the problem lies with us.

Too often, Christians (myself included) settle for the ordinary. We fail to realize God has a storehouse of blessings waiting to be set into motion. He longs to show us the extraordinary! Yet, not many seek it. Very few believe God for awesome displays of His power, which is precisely why we aren't witnessing more miracles.

We need to move past a mere desire for knowledge of God and enter into the realm of selfless dedication to Him, His Word, and His people. When we, as the body of Christ, invest our time and energy into wholehearted service to God, there's no limit to what He can do in and through us. Imagine it. The lost will be found! Healings will abound! Lives will be transformed, to the glory of His Name!

In Jeremiah 30:21, God asked the Israelites a very pointed question: "Who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?" I believe God asks the same question of us today.

What about you? Are you one who is willing to devote yourself to the Lord?

-- Kristen Feola is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. She and her family attend James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo. Kristen blogs at ultimatedanielfast.com.

 

 

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