FridayJune 9, 2017

Daily Devotional

Tug-of-War

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: June 9, 2017

From Series: Lemonade

In Topics: All, Action, Character, Love, Spiritual Formation

Read

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”.

Think

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.

Pray

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.

Act

Seek to encourage someone today, and be willing to give of yourself if needed.