And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42, Holy Bible, New King James) This follows the scene of the magnitude conversion of 3,000 people in one day at the Jewish celebration of Pentecost. Apostle Peter had made it plain to those who witnessed the gift of the Holy Ghost falling on believers who had gathered in an upper room that this new covenant was the promise of Jesus. The new converts were attentive to the apostles’ teaching and prayed together in steadfast fellowship. It kept them strong then.…

For those who say “Yes,” from ushers to Bible teachers, overload comes because we are humans with physical limitations. We often encourage each other with “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” (Galatians 6:9, King James Version). These may be empty words to the ones who have fallen from carrying the load of constant volunteerism. Apostle Paul gave the Corinthian congregation a stronger motive.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58, Holy Bible, New King James)

We say yes because it makes a difference to others and to God.

Prayer: Lord, give me a steadfast attitude so my labor for You will produce positive results. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10, Holy Bible, New King James)

At the beginning of each new year, resolutions are made that won’t be kept. Decisions are made that won’t be completed. Commitments are made that won’t be honored. All because a steadfast spirit is absent.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines steadfast as immovable; not subject to change; firm in belief, determination, or adherence. Steadfast embodies nothing less than total commitment.

Pray this ancient Scripture for a clean heart, but realize it takes a steadfast spirit to maintain that holiness.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will give me a clean heart to begin this new year. Renew a steadfast spirit within me that I will keep my commitments to You. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore