Meditation for 07/15/2019
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians5:16)
Beloved, the Spirit leads away from sin. The Spirit does not overwhelm Christians and force us to do God’s will. Rather, He offers His gifts, power, and guidance and then expects us to follow Him. He gives new life in Christ.
Thus, two alternatives face us! We may follow God’s Spirit or self-centered desires. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for Christians to overcome our lower nature and serve God according to His will. Now that you know your options, choose wisely.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, how many times have each of us said, “I’ve got this, I don’t need any help?” In order for us to follow Christ, we must humble ourselves and accept the gift of the Holy Spirit and all that comes with it, because we can’t do things on our own. By stating that we are not able to do everything, we must then accept His help and praise God for all that He does for us! Today is the day, when we need to state honestly and earnestly, that we need God in our lives and fully admit our need for Him daily. It is then, that we are able to accept His Son and the Holy Spirit as our Lord and the Spirit as our helper. It does not make us lesser people, in reality, it makes us deeper and more compassionate people in service to the God that first loved us. It is in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Every lump of clay needs, “The Potter,” to be molded for eternity.”
“The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for the lives with you and will be in you. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:17-20)
When we commit ourselves to God in Christ by faith God enters into our hearts in the person of the Holy Spirit and transforms our nature and disposition. W become new creatures in Christ. The Spirit makes such a radical change in us that our whole personality is set on doing the will of God. The Spirit’s daily leadership is the defining characteristic of every disciple.
Discipleship, Holy Spirit: (1st Corinthians 6:19–20)
God lives in you. Is He comfortable there, or do our actions cause Him problems? The body of the Christian disciple is the temple of God—the dwelling place of God. God bought and paid for you on the cross. You belong to God. You, the disciple, must serve the God who purchased and indwells you. You have a heavy responsibility to keep your body as the temple of God, fit for His dwelling.
Second Thought of the Day:
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will not tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” (John 16:13-14)
As disciples of Jesus, we do not know everything we need to know to follow Christ. God knows. He gives us the knowledge we need, when we need it through the Holy Spirit.
By the ministry of the Holy Spirit Jesus exercises His lordship over His disciples. Without the daily experience of the Spirit we cannot be disciples. We are given what we need to know each day and no more. Thus, we are fully dependent upon the Lord through the Holy Spirit to further the ministry Jesus began at the right moment that we need to minister to others.