- Fri May 16, 2014
Not only is it desirable for God's man to be filled and influenced totally by the Holy Spirit, it actually is a direct order--the tense used in the Bible is the imperative. In other words, God's man must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us that either our sinful appetites will dominated us or we will hunger to please God. When we say yes to the Holy Spirit, we are saying no to the sins that caused Jesus to die for us. We are also agreeing to the strong leadership and calling of God's Spirit upon our lives. When that happens, we experience a new life.
So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants.... These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.... But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (GALATIANS 5:16-17,22,23, NLT, emphasis added)
- Thu May 15, 2014
Father God, I am so thankful for the good
days. I am awestruck by days full of Your
sunshine and blue skies that remind me of
the design of creation and Your desire to be
present with me. I confess that I am easily
distracted and forget to love You with my
whole heart, even while enjoying such
reminders of Your goodness and power.
Please forgive my carelessness and continue
to reveal Yourself in the beauty of nature
and the kindness of others.
- Wed May 14, 2014
Then in the nations where they have been
carried captive, those who escape will remember
me--how I have been grieved by their adulterous
hearts, which have turned away from me, and by
their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They
will loathe themselves for the evil they have done.
When we entered the Promised Land of our salvation, we were told to eliminate every hint of sexual immorality in our lives. Since entering that land, have you failed to crush sexual sin? Every hint of it? If not, have you come to the point of loathing yourself for that failure? If that's where you are, there's hope for you.
- Tue May 13, 2014
Your sexual purity will also mean regaining your relationship with your friends.
Trust is important in the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Paul says that not only does a sexually immoral man sin against his own body, but he also sins against the body of Christ and his friends within the body.
Our friends trust us to be pure; a failure would crush their spirits as well as our own. We must be trustworthy.
Lord, thank You for the friends in my life.
Their trust encourages me. Help me remember
that my sexual purity, or lack thereof,
has an impact on their lives as well as my own.
- Mon May 12, 2014
Strong leaders should submit their rights for the sake of oneness. This kind of sacrifice fosters peace, joy, and righteousness.
In no other area of your life will you receive such a large and immediate impact as when you apply the principles of servant leadership. It's not slow, like other aspects of the Christian life. You serve the Lord now, and after you die, He'll call you faithful. You serve your wife in the bedroom, and--POW!--you'll receive gratification of the highest degree.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what
leads to peace and to mutual edification.