Human Logic or Godly Wisdom

The further we submit to the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit in our soul, the more we seek after the divine issues of life rather than the carnal ones. We live to serve our Lord and His Saints, as well as those who do not yet know the saving power of His grace (Titus 2:11).

We walk in peace, which both defies human reasoning and makes people wonder why our trials no longer discourage or depress us (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:7). Peace is not a state of mind, for which we can strive after and achieve. Trusting God takes the opposite of effort, and only comes when we give up control of every aspect of our life to the point of complete surrender.

A time of daily devotion, including Bible meditation and praise of God for His wondrous works in our life and in the world around us, helps to facilitate this process. Then, when our soul frets over the issues we face, God’s Spirit helps our spirit to overlook all of the worries and fears and to trust in God’s faithfulness.

God reveals His plans to us in His timing; but He will never reveal His will to us before we really need to know it. This helps us to develop patience and to die to our carnal nature. We live in holy contentment as He conquers our earthly concerns. God’s Spirit transforms our carnal mind with the steadfast mind of Christ (James 1:8).

When our only desire is to know Jesus, who is our only way, truth and life (John 14:6; Philippians 3:10; 1 Corinthians 1:30), the wisdom from God’s Spirit pours into our spirit. We seek only God’s pleasure in everything we think, say and do. We no longer rely on our human mind to direct our steps, but we trust in the wisdom of God.

Prayer:
Father God, we grow in unity with Your Trinity as we discontinue the futile habit of trying to control our life. Our awareness of Your place in our life increases and the intents of our heart reflect Your desires. We no long exalt human understanding above the leading of Your Spirit (Proverbs 16:7). Thank you for renewing our mind and for allowing Your character to replace the carnal confusion, which formerly restricted our life (Romans 12:2).

Thought for the Day:
The more that we recognize God’s voice and live a life of praise, even for the negative aspects of our life, the more peaceful and fulfilled we traverse our trials.

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The Pinnacle of Spiritual Heights

At the moment of our salvation we received the fullness of the Trinity with all of the spiritual fruit, power, strength and love we will ever need (Romans 8:11). The God of light in us is greater than all of the satanic spiritual forces of darkness, which formerly ruled our life (Ephesians 6:12). We receive a fresh filling of God’s Spirit to do God’s will during each moment of the day (Ephesians 5:18).

Regardless of our human failings and foibles, God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things (Hebrews 11:1-40). The indwelling presence of Christ in us allows us to execute greater works than Jesus did while He lived on this earth (John 14:12). His power and anointing in the collective Body of Christ multiplies His presence in the earth now that He sits at the Father’s side (1 Corinthians 12:27; Mark 16:19).

Every trial we suffer proves our faith to be authentic and produces praise, glory and honor when Jesus returns. Although we have never seen the Lord, we know Him because He dwells within us. We love Him, because He first loved us. He fills our heart with wondrous joy and peace, which defies human logic and description (1 John 4:19; 1 Peter 1:5-9; John 3:18). Our union with Him sets us apart.

Our faith in Christ secures our eternal salvation. God is our righteous Father who wants obedient children to totally trust in and fully surrender to Him. The closer we draw to our Father God, the more we cry out for more intimacy with Him. We can never experience all of God until eternity; yet, we climb ever higher toward the pinnacle of spiritual heights.

Prayer:
Father God there is never a moment in our life when we are not in Your presence. We try to hide from You at times, ashamed of our behavior, but You are always there (Psalm 139:1-16). We never experience one negative or positive aspect of life alone, because You dwell within us. Daily, we ask Your Holy Spirit to control our every thought, word and deed for Your glory (Colossians 3:17). Compel us by our absolute love for You (Mark 12:30) and Your love in us for others (1 John 4:7) to share the Gospel of Christ with whoever will listen (Matthew 28:19-20).

Thought for the Day:
Walk in the Spirit and you will live in the love of God as you reside in the will of God.

God is Our Everything

My mind is thinking in the letter “p” today. I was worshipping our Father and I realized that He is our passionate, peerless, powerful and patient Provider, Protector, Pilot, Patron, Physician and Purifier. You can probably add to that list, but you get the point. God is our everything (Ephesians 4:6).

 

He blesses, heals, directs, provides, strengthens, keeps us safe, corrects us and makes us holy. He supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19), heals our broken heart and bandages our every wound (Psalm 147:3). At times, we cause our own trials by our thoughts, words and deeds. However, if we repent and submit to God, He will control everything that happens to us.

 

We can have faith in His faithfulness, because He works out even the most negative of circumstances for our good (Romans 8:28). Therefore, we can live a life of peace and joy, because He provides blessings even in the worse trial (James 1:2; Job 1:21). Ultimately, when we pass the test, we receive the crown of life, promised to those who love the Lord (James 1:12).

 

God is faithful and gives us a plan to escape every temptation, which Satan uses to snare us (1 Corinthians 10:13). He brings us out of bondage to the degradation of sin, regenerates our soul, renews our mind and leads us into His tranquil rest here on this earth and then into eternity when our life here is done (1 John 1:9; Hebrews 4:10; Psalm 139:16; Ephesians 4:24).

 

God gives us an abundant life with blessings and peace, which defies human logic (Philippians 4:7). By His death, Christ destroyed the hold, which death has on us (1 Corinthians 15:26). A life lived in His righteousness is the pathway to bypass many negative aspects in this world, even death (Proverbs 12:28). We pass right through death to be with the Lord (John 5:24, 11:25; 2 Corinthians 5:8), where we shall live eternally (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You lead us to obey Your will for our life (John 15:10), to live in a pure and righteous manner (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7), to pray constantly, to rejoice in every situation and to be grateful for Your provision (Psalm 100, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Eternal life is Your gift to us, which starts the minute of our Salvation (Romans 6:23). Life gets sweeter as the days go by, our intimacy with You increases and our fellowship with You remains unbroken. We praise You for the multitude of blessings You provide for us each day.

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus rendered Satan powerless and freed all of us who were in slavery to him all of our lives. – Hebrews 2:14-18