Welcome to Week 6. As you may know I am on a missions trip this week in Washington, DC (Southeast) with the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Missions Team. Here’s a brief word to encourage you as we complete this our last week.
We’re continuing in our theme: The Exodus – Moving from Here to There. In other words moving from our will to God’s will. Each week God has shared with us His will for our lives. This week He is saying that it is His will that we have an undivided heart.
Isn’t that what this surrender is all about? Many of you have discovered that surrendering is less of an event and more of a lifestyle. Therefore even as we near the close of these 40 days of surrender we are actually at the start of a whole new way of doing life. And if you are to maintain this lifestyle you must maintain a heart that is totally devotion to Him.
In Exodus 20:3 God told the Israelites “You shall have no other gods before me.” For the children of Israel He was mostly referring to their golden images, but today our gods or idols look different. We are more inclined to give homage to the television, social media, material possessions, food, careers, and interpersonal relationships. Eventually these idols become our god and the living God is shutout.
But now we know better. After 40 (in some cases 80) days of giving God our undivided attention we dare not go back to our useless idols. From now on God is to be our all and all; no longer will we put Him second or divide our heart to accommodate our idols. As Day 36 instructed, “No More Props!”
Lastly, I instructed you on the Morning Prayer Call to recall any present idols. Then make a list, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to eliminate these useless substitutes which only bring temporary pleasure. Now that you have experienced God in a new way, vow in your heart to make Him first in your life for rest of your life. Declare that you will give Him your whole heart today and forevermore. If you do this, you will live your best life!
With God all things are possible,
P.S. We are excited for what is to come for you. Please keep us posted as God does the miraculous in your life!