Every Waking Moment

Who is mankind, that our holy God would give us a moment of His attention? We are nothing, worthless and the foulest form of life on this planet. Yet, God lowered Himself below the angels, and became a man, in order to save us and to bring us into eternity with Him forever (Psalm 8:4-6). Amazingly, God gives us His full consideration, care and affection now and always (Job 7:17).

If we relinquish control of our life to God’s Spirit, He brings us into the presence of our Father God through Jesus Christ, illuminates God’s Word to us and guides us to do God’s will (John 14:26). The Spirit then begins the lifelong process of sanctifying us as His holy temple (1 Corinthains 6:19). He slowly transforms us into the image of Jesus Christ’s perfect, divine nature (Romans 8:29; 2 Peter 1:4).

Each moment of our day, the Holy Spirit endeavors to bring us into the rest of God. We thwart Him by filling our hours with busyness. We cause our self to experience fits of stress and high blood pressure, because we do not allow our self to enter into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:10). Yet, God’s Spirit continually draws us ever deeper into fellowship with God until we finally, completely surrender to Him.

Then, we learn to walk in the holiness of God’s precepts. His Spirit puts His love in our hearts for one another, so that we are proof of His existence (John 13:34-35). Christ in us loves the brethren through us by His Holy Spirit. As we seek God first, His Spirit will direct us in loving one another according to His will, without enabling one another.

Prayer:
Father God, our ultimate joy is to live in Your presence, filled with Your Son, Jesus, and empowered by Your Spirit, who abides in us. Christ in us is our only hope of entering into Your glorious Kingdom (Colossians 1:27). Give us a burden for the lost, so we can reclaim them for Your Kingdom (Mark 16:15). Even the angels in heaven rejoice when one sinner repents and comes back to You (Luke 15:10).

Thought for the Day:
May we surrender our every waking moment into service for our God and King.

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Spiritual Red Flags

Negative emotions are a red flag that something is wrong in our soul. It may be abuse from someone in our life, or society putting undue stress on us, or we may encounter an unsafe person or an experience, which causes anger to rise up in us. This happens to protect us from some perceived harm. We could also be reaping the results of our own fleshly pursuits. Negative emotions also arise when God’s will for us upsets us and reveals some idol in our life.

Our emotional red flags alert us to physical or emotional harm, erroneous beliefs, an ungodly goal or an area taking us away from God’s will. We may also feel discouraged, angry or upset because we are hungry, sleep deprived, ignored, away from the comfort of home, lonely, etc. Often a simple meal, a nap, gaining someone’s attention, meeting a new friend or going to the comfort of home will dispel these negative emotions.

If not, then get into a quiet place and reconnect with God’s Spirit, step out of your carnal, fleshly mindset and look for God’s miracle in the circumstances. When our negative emotions indicate an idol in our motives, thinking or aspirations, or reveal to us our negative spiritual attitude and focus, we can seek God’s Spirit to pluck these disturbing menaces from our soul. Once we are willing to work out our own salvation, God’s Spirit delivers us from our self (Philippians 2:12-13).

Prior to Salvation, we conformed to the image of this carnal, depraved world, but now God calls us to allow His Spirit to transform our mind and behavior and to make us holy, acceptable and perfect in God’s sight. He gives us His spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know Him more intimately. He enlightens our eyes to discern between various levels of evil and holiness, and to flee from evil.

By His death on Calvary’s cross, Jesus Christ set us free from the Law of Sin and Death by replacing it with the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). He removes all condemnation from us caused by our past sin and failings (Romans 8:1). He includes us in His family and makes us co-heirs with Jesus of all that He owns (Ephesians 2:19; Romans 8:17; Psalm 50:10). He calls us to imitate Him as His Beloved children (Ephesians 5:1).

Prayer:
Father God, we die to our self by denying our flesh in simple areas, such as that second piece of cake. Then we soon develop less of a desire for carnal appetites and attitudes, and more of a desire to live in submission to Your will. From this, we reap intimacy with You and have fewer areas in our life, on which the devil can feed (John 14:30). We start this walk of total dependence on You by developing quiet times in our daily schedule in order to sit in Your presence. Remind us to spend our day in praise for who You are and all that You do for us.

Thought for the Day:
As we humbly submit to God’s control over our life, He fills us with the power of His Spirit, such as was resident in the Apostles after Pentecost. – Acts 2:41