The devotion life of a believer...

Today's 90 day NT challenge is all the way through Acts chapter 12. Stick with the challenge. We are 1/3 the way through it. If you have fallen a little behind with your reading that is ok just CATCH UP!

The devotion life of a believer is so much more than just reading our Bible once a day.

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles ' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved

They "steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship"... also "committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers".

As the people of God we need to be pushing through with keeping ourselves surrounded with Bible teaching and with the people of God. When believers stop committing themselves to instruction from the Word their is a growing problem. When fellowship becomes a burden rather than a joy there is a growing problem. I realize so many of us would rather just hang out by ourselves and not engage the world around us, but that is not what it looks like to be *devoted* believer. I cannot tell you how many times people tell me "I just want to stay home, be by myself, and read books". Hahahahahahaha.... wouldn't we all. But that is not what community life looks like. Reading is great until it becomes just another excuse. We must devote ourselves to teaching, fellowship and praying almost every day. It is always telling when people who were one very visible and present at church, connect groups, leader's meetings, training, classes and then all of the sudden they are too busy. Or when someone begins choosing nonspiritual activities over their regular spiritual commitments. We need to realize that we all go through highs and lows in our journey and just because your spiritual life might not feel as exciting today as it was a year ago we know that by pushing through the Holy Spirit will once again ignite that fire in our hearts. So stay steadily devoted to Christ, the Church, and your spiritual commitments. Blessings, PJ