Walking In The Light

Today’s Devotion speaks of “Walking In The Light.”

Galatians 5:22-23  “But when the Holy Spirit controls; our lives will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with the Jewish laws.”

God’s living Word reminds us that the real fruits of the Spirit are not works, but defining characteristics of one within whom the Holy Spirit not only resides but also is in true relationship with. The Spirit will only express the life of Christ through us in proportion to our surrender to Him. Many people attempt to substitute works and service for the Spirit-filled life. When we do this, we lower the fruit=standard to the work-standard. The fruit of someone’s life, not his works, is, what tells us about that person’s spiritual condition. 

Ephesians 5:1-17 Walking in the Light. 

Have you ever lost power to your home in the middle of the night? If so, then you know how it feels to try making your way in the dark to look for a flashlight. Just when you think you are going the right way, you suddenly hit the wall! This compares to our “old life” and what it was like before we met the Light of the World. We didn’t even know what real “Light” was and had become comfortable in the darkness. It kept us from seeing how sinful we truly were. 

When we finally believed in the gospel, repented of our sins and confessed Jesus as our Lord and Savior; an awesome transition took place! We were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of Light. And now, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World has come to dwell within us (Col. 1:13, Eph. 3:17). 

So how are the followers of Jesus supposed to live? Today’s passage outlines three basic responsibilities:

1. Walk In Love (Eph. 5:1-2). As the Savior sacrificially loved us, so are we to love others. If we are at odds with our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we can’t claim to be walking in the Light (1 John1:7). 

2. Abstain from sin (Eph. 5:3-7). Believers are not sinless, but they don’t habitually practice deeds of darkness.

3. Learn what pleases God (Eph. 5:8-17). The fruit of the Light is goodness, righteousness, and truth. These are deployed in our character, conversation, and conduct when we are living out our faith. 

Let’s make it our goal to move much closer to the Light, letting Jesus expose and remove any areas of darkness so that we reflect in His glory and goodness.

Closing Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven, hollowed be thy name. Please help each of us truly come to understand and embrace the spirit-filled life thou has made available to us all. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we pray. In Jesus name; Amen!

 

 

 

The Importance of Motive

Today’s Devotion speaks of Motive.

1 Samuel 17:20-30

Our culture is action oriented.

Most of the time when we see a problem, we plunge straight ahead with a solution.

However, before taking any action, we need to examine our motives. Not every good deed is prompted by good motives.

When David arrived at the scene of Israel’s battle against the Philistine’s, he saw Goliath for the first time and heard the Philistine’s insults and mockery of the Israelites.  Then someone told him about the rewards King Saul had promised to the man that would kill Goliath-great riches, the King’s daughter for a wife, and freedom from taxation.

Such a generous reward was certainly a great motivator, and it obviously got David’s interest.  However, what ultimately moved him onto the battlefield was the desire to defend God’s name.  “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”   (1 Samuel 17:26).

As maturing Christians, we must examine our motives for desiring victory in any battle we face.  Too often we are seeking a selfish end, such as release from our discomfort and a return to an easier way of life.  But God is more interested in molding us into Christlikeness than He is in keeping us comfortable.

Think about the last conflict you faced, or maybe the one you’re experiencing right now.

Are God’s honor and your spiritual growth the focus of your desires?

If not, then you are at odds with what He is trying to accomplish in your life.

But if His will is more important to you than your own agenda, you can be certain that He will use the battle for your good and His glory.

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By Christa Johnson

Listening to God

Listening to God:

Devotion: By Christa Johnson
Learning to listen to God is an essential part of following His will. The Lord regularly speaks to His children through scripture. The Bible is our guidebook to God’s thoughts and actions. It is the primary source for Christians to discover His character and learn to trust Him. This means we ought to read more than just a little bit every day. Our goal should be to absorb the message and then listen for God to offer instructions on how and where to apply His Word.
Prayer: Like all real friends, the Lord desires give-and-take in His relationships. Therefore, prayer is not complete when we’re done talking. We must quiet our mouth and thoughts so that our spiritual ears can open.
Circumstances: In the Bible, the Lord often revealed His ways to men and women through their circumstances. He still works that way today. Situations differ, but our God does not change. He uses everyday life to reveal errors in thinking, to open or close doors of opportunity, and to prove His promises true.
Others: Pastors, friends and mentors can all speak truth into a person’s life. The Lord places believers in community so they can be supported and helped by those nearby. He doesn’t hesitate to send a message from the mouth of someone we know and trust.
God does not use just one or two of these methods to reach a believer; He speaks through all four. We need to attune our spiritual ears, always remembering that a message from the Lord must agree with His Holy Word.
The Father is talking to you.
Are you listening?

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Seeking the Lord

Seeking the Lord:

Devotion: By Christa Johnson

Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.”

As Christians we spend time seeking the Lord, but to be truly successful at it, we must learn to adjust our focus. Focus is important because what we behold, we become. If we focus on the materialistic, we ourselves will begin leaning in that direction. Try giving up television for a week and see how it impacts your mind. You will notice that its influence has a subtle but gripping effect on you and can alter the way you think.
Focus your attention on Jesus and you will become like Him. As He pours himself into us, we absorb His characteristics. We can fix our mind on Jesus when we pray, when we study scriptures and when we meditate on God’s Word. We must go deeper, to the point of listening and sharing our hearts with Him. Be open and transparent before Him, and He will speak and fill us with His Spirit.
Learning to receive from Him in this way will diminish our hunger and thirst for anything else. Our desires won’t disappear; but instead they become redirected. You will have a growing hunger for the Lord and a longing to know Him and feel Him in your heart.
You will feel joy overflowing in you that cannot be stopped! Why? Because when you seek the Lord Jesus Christ; you recognize Him and He is your all in all.

James 3:5

“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.

Consider what great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

James 3:5