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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Feb
10

Growing in Nobility

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (Acts 17:11)
Observation
After a riot began in Thessalonica because Paul preached the Gospel and irritated Jews, he & Silas were sent to Berea. The jealous Jews in Thessalonica had not receive their teaching.

The Berean's were quite the contrast, eager and expectant to learn of God. I love their heart for God's Word. To be eager to learn according to God's Word is exceptional.

Religious people can be resistant to learn and receive because pride, self sufficiency and quest for knowledge can ruin their hearts to grow in God through His Word!
Application
I'd like to be called noble in character. Sometimes I think my quest for character lacks an eagerness to examine Scripture. I get caught up in the assignment of ministry and my heart gets blurred. When this happens, my desire to really become more like Jesus gets watered down. I tend towards being task focused and compromise my time spent in His Word.

Today...Growing in Nobility means...
I want to develop an eagerness to listen and receive God's Word. I need to spend a little more time in solitude...listening. I've been so preoccupied with the "work" of the ministry.
I need to spend a little extra time examining Scripture - that means study time. I've been compromising my study time - just being too busy...yup...focusing on the "work" of the ministry instead of strengthening my heart through study time.
Prayer
Yes Lord! I say yes to prioritizing...again! I need to make sure that I prioritize You...Your Word and listening to You in solitude. Forgive me for being so "works" oriented. I don't' want my heart to be blurred by busyness. I now You understand Lord, but You know I've been slippin' in growing deeper in intimacy with You!

Devotions for February 10

Leviticus 13,14
Acts 17

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