God’s Word is like a fire, searing the flesh in its path. It is like a hammer, breaking rock into stones and removing mountains in the way of our spiritual maturity (Jeremiah 23:29). Meditating on scripture makes our soul happy, our spirit holy and our body healthy.
In His faithfulness, God calls us and then commences, directs and finishes our walk of faith as His Word strengthens us with His joy (Nehemiah 8:10). We walk in His complete peace, regardless of our circumstances.
We meet calamity with calm dignity when our soul – mind, emotions and choices – is filled with God’s Spirit. With a joy-filled focus, we perform God’s will throughout our life and trust in Him until the moment of our death.
At Salvation, we receive the mind of Christ which slowly replaces our carnal thoughts and behavior. We live with a free conscience, a holy walk and the assurance of His hope and promises.
The holiness, mercy, grace and fruit of God’s Spirit are ours as we covenant in a relationship with Jesus. He keeps our body, soul and spirit blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we focus on our spiritual walk, listening to the Spirit and following His lead on a minute-by-minute basis, we find success, fulfillment and people who admire our walk and want to follow us as we follow Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Father God, Your joy sees us through the devastating events in our lives, which force us to our knees. Your joy is greater than human happiness and transcends the negative human emotions created by our circumstances. This joy gives us Your strength. Help us to walk in Your ways and to delight in Your will for our life.
Remind us that as we cling to Your Word it divides between our carnal flesh and our growing spirituality, even to the depths of our joints and marrow. Thank You that the Bible exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12) and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9).
Thought for the Day:
Our joy is not in worldly goods or pursuits, but in our relationship with Christ alone; therefore, we weather the storms of adversity, disappointment, frustration, loss and defeat; knowing that the trying of our faith builds our patience. – James 1:3-4