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November 25, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | November 25, 2015

A Saving Voice Needs a Willing Mind

For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. 2 Corinthians 8:12

God’s Man always runs the risk of being pimped by his old nature, old voices, old ways of thinking, and old ways of dealing with life, all of which were separated from the Spirit’s control.  Any of us can be broken down culturally, physically, emotionally, relationally, or spiritually and begin to think self-destructively.  Thankfully, the moments that really challenge us are the ones that can grow us a spiritual spine.  Think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane or Joseph in that Egyptian jail. These are the times when Holy Spirit strength is waiting and poised to invade our weakness and bring God’s perspective, purpose, and power to our upside-down and counterintuitive predicaments.  In these moments we must choose the Holy Spirit’s direction over the easier, better feeling, or more convenient and comfortable dark impulses that beckon for indulgence. It’s called sacrificing for a higher allegiance.  It’s called becoming a man.  It’s called being Christ-like. It’s called activating Holy Spirit power.

Every God’s Man experiences these valleys and pits, but not every man succumbs to his self-destructive sinful nature at the expense of his connection to the Holy Spirit.  The battlefield of the mind lesson is this: if we don’t have a mindset to please God before our challenges hit, it will be difficult to side with the Spirit of God in the middle of such testing.  Practically, this means making up our mind in advance to side with the Spirit when the chips are down and the pressure is on.  This predetermined choice which eliminated bad options in the heat of the moment, is called a willing mind.

Father, it’s your will that my will is yours. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit influence
on my will.

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