Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1v7
We are testing ourselves today with God's definition of "devoted."
Joshua 7v12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.
We are all devoted to something. The Israelites had stolen and lied. That was why they could not stand against their enemies because God would not prepare way for them to take over because they were devoted to doing wrong instead of doing right. Thank God we do not have to consecrate ourselves to doing right any longer. Jesus Christ did that for us by sacrificing himself for us on the cross. He is the only one that can fully consecrate himself before the Lord and forgive our sins. He is the only one that can enable us to be totally devoted to the Lord and not devoted to our sinful nature. Through the Holy Spirit of truth we are convicted in our hearts when we sin, it is Him and His grace that teaches us how to be Godly and consecrates us from ungodliness. All we have to do is listen to our "new person" inside us the Holy Spirit and believe in His ways that can only lead us and prepare us for each battle in life that we face. As long as we remain in Jesus Christ by having faith in Him through the peace we receive from the Holy Spirit, and remain in His word we will be living the will of God and have the true life God intended for us to have. What ever we are devoted to or what ever we let master us is what we will be devoted to.(Romans 6v14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law but under grace.) When we are devoted to Christ through the love we have for Him because He loved and saved us first, He will master us and then we will be given all we need from Him for this incredible life that He has created laid out before us. (Titus 3v8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress theses things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.) When you have been reborn and saved through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit which He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior we should be devoted to pleasing Him and not pleasing our sinful nature any longer we have a new nature, the nature of God living in us and our lives should reveal His work and miracles. Read Joshua 7, Romans 6 and Titus 3) I love everyone with the love Christ has given me for you out of the love and devotion I have for Him.