Silence and Centering
“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
Gracious and loving God, we come into your presence asking for your forgiveness. Forgive us for aspirations that never get translated into action and for promises that we have not kept.
Forgive us for having good intentions that were not fulfilled and for the good deeds that we never got around to doing. Grant us a new vision and help us to move from intention to action. Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes on you and to be faithful in all that we say and do. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
“If you love me, you will do the things I command. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper. He will give you this Helper to be with you forever. 17 The Helper is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it does not see him or know him. But you know him. He lives with you and he will be in you.18 “I will not leave you all alone like orphans. I will come back to you. – John 14:15-18
There is nothing better than a good set of written directions to guide you to your desired destination—that is, unless you have a GPS. And so it is with the Word of God, as it is our written directions to get us to His desired destination. And if the Bible is the written direction by which we can reach our goal, then the Holy Spirit is our GPS—helping us pinpoint our every move to perfection.
We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (our written directions). And John 14:16 confirms the Holy Spirit is our personal GPS for living righteously.
But when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what is to come. – John 16:13
It is the job of the Holy Spirit to make us Jesus-conscious, instead of being, self-conscious as the world teaches us to be. When we are Jesus conscious, we have a strong desire to live a Christ-centered life, rather than a self-centered one. Most of us don’t make great passengers, because we tend to like to take the steering wheel of our own lives and plot our own course. Even when we do decide to allow Jesus to take the wheel, we often become a virtual backseat driver of sorts—attempting to change God’s divine course, by replacing it with our poor directions.
I really don’t think God desires for us to take our hands off of the steering wheel, but rather simply follow His perfect directions. To do this we must have a good understanding of where His directions are directing us, and to do this we must be reading our Bibles daily. As we do, the Holy Spirit can remind us of what Jesus has taught us (John 14:26). Let’s face it, we wouldn’t take off to any other important destination without knowing the best way to get there—why should living the Christian life be any less important?
STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what promises has Jesus regarding the Holy Spirit given us?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in every decision? Are you willing to fully submit to God’s ways of living?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time when making your choices this week. Stop and ask God to show you how He would want you to handle everything you face?
Father, thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me in all my ways. I am sorry for those times I have chosen not to seek or listen to His leading, but instead, I have foolishly chosen to do things my way. I confess I need You to guide me Lord, as I choose to follow You this day. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
Devotional By Scott Wright