January 2009

A Collection of Devotionals from The Nazarene Messenger

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The Kingdom First

The subtlety of sin makes men believe that the promises of God are unreal or are not true, though He has said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33, KJV). God stands ready to make it true, yet man will persist in seeking "these things" first. This may be expected in the sinner, but ought not to be found in the believer. "[Y]our heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these thing" (Matthew 6:32, KJV); and that means that He will supply them.

Reordering

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“I think our language is all wrong.”

This is a quote I recently heard from a non-Nazarene pastor friend from an Evangelical tradition. He went on to say, “We like to use the language of ‘accepting Christ into our lives,’ and we mean well, but this is not the biblical emphasis. The Bible does not talk about fitting Christ into some corner of our lives. Instead, we are called to completely reorder our lives around Jesus and His ways.”