Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
“…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
When I think about the power of God, I cannot help but think about the many stories contained within His Word – The Bible. I think about the creation of the galaxies, earth, and mankind, as outlined in the opening chapters of Genesis. I think about His amazing power being manifested in the protection of Elisha and his servant by sending an army of horses and chariots of fire around them (2 Kings 6:12-17).
We cannot successfully walk in the ways God has ordained for us without possessing this type of power. Jesus knew this and so He promised to give this power to His followers (John 16:7; Acts 1:8). This power is available to every believer, but the quenching of the Holy Spirit can also hinder it. We quench the Holy Spirit when we sin—it is like dumping a bucket of water upon the flames of a roaring fire. We are warned against this in 1 Thess. 5:19, and we can see the consequences or our sin being spoken of in Isaiah.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
So sin is like a big chunk of cholesterol—it causes blockages resulting in the restriction of God’s power to enable us to walk in liberty and love.
Q: So how can we restore the power of God to our Christian walk?
We need to identify with the sin in our life. We need to confess it, repent of it, and then choose to walk in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. I believe God has given us great ways to effectively kill sin within our life, and I would like to list five ways.
- We must ask God to show us our sin (Ps. 139:23-24).
It is imperative we acknowledge our sin, if we are to have the power of God flowing through us to do His will. We must be like David who said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart…”
- We must fix our heart upon God (Ps. 57:7).
We cannot simply attempt to know God intellectually; we must fix our very heart upon Him, and have a desire deep within us to make Him our first love.
- We must meditate upon God’s Word (Phil. 4:8).
When we meditate upon God’s Word we will be less likely to sin against God. Listen to what David says about this—
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalms 119:11 (NKJV)
- We must commune with God through Prayer (1 Thess 5:17)
We need to be communing with God continuously. We need to seek Him to equip us for battle (Eph. 6:12-18), and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit each day (Eph. 5:18). We need to be seeking His wisdom and discernment as we read His Word.
- We must be obedient to God (1 Sam. 15:22).
The last thing we can do practically to kill sin in our life, is to simply be obedient to God. We become obedient by placing a higher degree of emphasis on our love for Jesus than our desire for the sin. We can become obedient by hating sin and seeing it for what it is. God values obedience highly.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV)
I want to encourage you today to implement these five ways to kill sin and to effectively remove any obstruction causing a power loss in your Christian walk.
QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures in this devotional with regard to our sin?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you experiencing God’s mighty power in your walk or are you feeling weak?
APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and ask Him to show you any area you need to repent of.
By Pastor Scott Wright
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your forgiveness and mercy. Show me today any area where I have held tight to sin. Help me to see it as You do, and to repent of it so I might walk in Your power. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…