Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”.
You’re at a crowded restaurant jammed like a sardine in the waiting area. You see a seat open up and rush over to sit down. Finally, feeling nice and relaxed, you notice an elderly women standing nearby. You know you should offer her your seat, but you just sat down after standing in one spot waiting for forty-five minutes. Suddenly, your conscience starts playing tug-of-war. You try to ignore it until the Holy Spirit brings out the heavy artillery—and you keep hearing three words: “Love one another”. What do you do? As Christ followers, no longer bound by sin and shame, all we have to do is look to the cross for motivation to act. The inner turmoil we feel in such situations is the Holy Spirit prompting us to remember who we have become supernaturally in Christ versus our natural sin behavior.
As Christ followers, God has planted the seed of His Spirit in us, and His objective is to produce Spiritual Fruit in our lives. If we are ready to do battle, He is willing and able to bring in reinforcements to help us defeat character struggles, which we can’t do on our own. Every time we cooperate with God’s Spirit several things occur in our lives: A little more of our old self dies, it delights and moves the heart of God, it greatly impacts others when we put their needs above our own, and it will often provide the opportunity to share what Christ is doing in and through our lives.
Father God, I know I’m a self-centered sinner. Take my thoughts captive when I start thinking, “it’s all about me” versus all about Thee. Help me to love as Jesus loves. I seek to please You and am grateful for the blessing of Your Spirit.
Seek to encourage someone today, and be willing to give of yourself if needed.
Joshua 2:21, “Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.”
Rahab was living in a sin-stained world. She had made moral fumble after moral fumble. But when the providence of God pursued her and the evidence of God persuaded her, she turned her life over to Him and experienced something that God wants us all to experience – a confidence that can only be fueled by Him. When we allow the providence of God to overwhelm us and the evidence of God to persuade us, we begin to live with confidence like never before.
Have you experienced the providence and evidence of God in your life? If so, you have His power on tap in your life! As you look at your day today, remember that no matter what yesterday held for you, you can turn it all around by giving it all to God. And you can walk boldly through today with a confidence that can only be defined as a God thing.
Thank God for giving you the power to walk confidently through today. Look for ways that you can share that confidence with others around you.
Whenever you face a moment of fear or doubt or uncertainty today, remember the step of boldness and confidence Rahab took. And look for ways to make that kind of statement in your own life.