Day 7 - Personal Devotional

Day 7

Matthew 6:19-21; Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in a steal:  For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.

We sometimes assume that God is the designer of the modern world we live in.  We become prisoners of what society has said is normal.  We are daily fed by our culture, advertising, social media platforms and social circles.  The motivations of these voices are not from God.  They reflect a hunger for power, position, money and fame and they lead us into a spiral of always wanting more and never finding true satisfaction.  

The word ‘church’ means “called out from.”  We are setting aside these 21 days to allow God to call us out of the chaotic, hustle and bustle of life and draw near to himself.  In these 21 days or fasting and prayer ask Holy Spirit to teach us how to live in the world but without being of the world. John 17:6

Use your prayer time today and ask the Lord to teach you how to live deliberately for the kingdom of God and our focus being on the unseen, not on what is seen.  Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to use our prayer and Bible reading times during these days to give us an appetite for things eternal, and allow him to reshape our values, prioritize our time, talents, and our belongings to reflect His kingdom values and priorities.  

God wants to use you to make his glory cover the earth;  be willing instrument in his hands.  IF you give him something to work with, everything is possible.  

Pray for discernment to know when your desires are more worldly and less kingdom focused.  Write these things down and begin to pray regularly for the Holy Spirit to change your desires as you seek to be a tool in the hands of God to bring his kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

There is a great song Pastor Jay often sings to focus his mind and heart on things eternal, it is a prayer;

In my life Lord be glorified, be glorified;

In my life Lord be glorified today.

Mitch Rutledge