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January 26, 2024 | Daily Devotionals | January 26

Make Way

Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:17-20

When we say “yes” to the Holy Spirit it is important to remember the decision—by default — is a “no” as well. Anytime we say yes to God, we are saying no to impulse, culture, man-pleasing, and the devil. It’s also a no to self-management. That’s the main issue when it comes to our relationship with the Holy Spirit, and to meet the changes and challenges we face. In the midst of life we have to ask: “Who’s the boss—really?” “Who’s calling the shots—really?” “Who’s in control—really?”

Remember the words of a flight instructor in the cockpit: “Don’t fight me.”

That is what the Holy Spirit is saying to you right now in some area of your life. Maybe you are the only one on earth who knows the area, and the only one who may ever know. A short-cut on your tax return? A “white lie” to your accountability partner? But God knows—and it’s not punishment He brings, but conviction for you to purse His best.

The kingdom of God is intended to explode in and through you, but you have to make the transfer of control official. “What transfer?” you ask. The one where we say no to pride, small deceptions, and self-sufficiency and say yes to humble and healthy dependency upon the Holy Spirit. Practically, that means you should ask yourself: Have I said yes to the Holy Spirit and asked him to fill me?
So now I encourage you to stop, ask the question, pause for reflection and issue your Declaration of Surrender. Sometimes a solid “no” is the best path to His “Yes!”

Father, thank you for this life-changing, power-receiving, love-giving promise—I accept the filling of your Holy Spirit.

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