"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
My fellow believers, are we, in fact, placing God above all else or do we have divided loyalties? If we are unsure as to whether God is first in our lives, we need to do everything we can to make certain that God is first and foremost in our thoughts and conduct. There is absolutely no room for those who would be at peace with God to hold Him as less than their highest priority. There are too many in our world today who profess salvation in Christ and yet their covetousness, indeed their putting wealth over God, belies their profession of faith. Truly, man needs more than a profession of faith in Christ. Man needs the reality of salvation in his soul and a life that is led by the Holy Spirit, for without these things man will not serve God without divided allegiance. Therefore, let the sinner repent and follow Jesus; and, let all of humanity acknowledge that it is certain that we cannot worship God and money. How many Christians have sporadic church attendance, broken marriages, children plagued with resentment, etc… due to placing wealth accumulation above their relationship with God? Indeed, how many preachers have lost their zeal for the gospel of Christ and have corrupted themselves and others for the love of money? Truly, too many have failed and are failing in their walk with Christ due to their divided heart.
Devotional reading for this week: Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: How can children be negatively affected by the results of parents who do not place God above money? Why do many marriages fall apart when money is the highest priority for one or both spouses? What are signs of a ministry in which the leader or leadership is more concerned with money than God and His will?
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, bless me to always hold you above obtaining money. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.