Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!
“It is finished.” With those words, You declared victory. Sin, death, and evil lost their power. We are the church: Each of us recipients of Your victory. In Jesus, we have won! But often we deny Your victory. We allow sin, evil, and death to reign as if we do not have a Savior. When challenged in our faith, we throw up our hands in defeat. We fail to rely on You. Lord, we are sorry for our failures. Cause us to trust Your words and to stand firm in Your victory. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
16 “In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”
17 Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’?
Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf,
John 16:16-17,26 (NLT)
Have you ever found yourself going through the motions, rather than giving something your wholehearted effort? I know I surely have, and I have found it to be a dry, desolate place that can be filled with fatigue, striving, disappointment and non-fulfillment. Truth is, this can happen to all of us when we choose to do things our own way rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us to do them God’s way. When this happens it seems so easy to get into a rut where we choose to follow our own wants and desires.
Another side effect of doing things in our “own way” is we can lose our passion for what we’re doing as we burn out, or we can become obsessed with reaching goals we think will bring us fulfillment and satisfaction. Either way it is damaging to others and us, and it will inhibit the joy and fulfillment that God intends for us. As Christians we have been given the Holy Spirit to live within our bodies, and therefore we should have the “fruit” of Him living in us manifesting in our lives.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Another attribute of letting the Holy Spirit lead us is our being in the will of God. This means we will be equipped to do everything He asks us to do, and it will be done with mighty power and with a great passion.
Satan and his emissaries don’t want us listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit—they want us fixing our eyes on this world and the things this world has to offer. They want us fixing our eyes on earthly treasures and pleasures. They want us fixing our eyes on building earthly kingdoms. The sad part of it is that Satan will entice each of us to follow these fleshly instincts with the allure of satisfaction, and then he will mock us when we see the fruit of emptiness, and wasted time.
With these truths in mind, I have come to the conclusion; I want to have a Christian walk filled with a passion for doing things pleasing to my Lord. I don’t want to get to the end of this life on earth and be face-to-face with God and be asking myself, “What if I had given everything, instead of going through the motions?”
STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about the Holy Spirit and what we receive from Him from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?
PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you daily?
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Walk passionately for the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you, prompt you, empower you, and direct you in everything we do.
PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me in my walk. Help me to continue to walk with passion, but also in a way edifying to the body of believers. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
Devotional By Scott Wright