Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Intimate and Personal






God invites us to join Him in an intimate and personal relationship, which will revitalize our life (John 3:16-17). When we join Him, our whole way of thinking changes for the better.

We are more positive, innocent, joyful and nurturing to others. Our compassion and empathy increase and our cynicism and judgmentalism decrease.

We are led by His Spirit and realize that we can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5). We are branches in the Vine and receive our nourishment and ability to produce fruit from Him (Galatians 5:22-23; Hebrew 12:11).

His love fills us to the brim and overflows on everyone around us. No one and nothing, not even demonic powers, can ever separate us from His magnanimous love (Romans 8:35-39).

His Spirit abides in us continually (John 14:16), and we abide in Christ (John 14:13-14). We enjoy constant fellowship with the Trinity if we avail our self to His presence within us (John 15:7-16).

We depend on Him for everything we need: daily bread, forgiveness from sin, the ability to forgive others, protection from temptation, deliverance from evil and His faith to live fully in each moment of the day (Matthew 6:9-13).

We are as dependent on God as Jesus was during His life on this earth. He spent long hours in prayer. He did not rely on His human reasoning or make His own goals in life; but He did and said only what came from God's direction.

Christ's example inspires us to follow in His footsteps, to make God preeminent in our life and follow the Spirit's direction at work, church, home and play (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Prayer:
Father God, we humans are too apt to make our own plans, follow our own reasoning and live according to our own desires. We spin our wheels, encounter daily set-backs and suffer needless trials because we do not walk in Your will for each moment of our day.

Teach us to spend time with Your Spirit until we learned to discern Your voice in our inner being. Fill us with Your peace so that we know what Your desire is for our day. Humble our pride, rid us of rebellion and cure us of our obstinacy and disobedience to Your Word and Your will. Help us to walk only in Your way for our life.

Thought for the Day:
When we abide in Christ and are united as one with Jesus, His Spirit and our Father God, we find joy, peace and fulfillment in the midst of this crazy world in which we live. 
- 1 Corinthians 6:17

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