March 27, Monday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Jabez Yeo of TRPC, New York.  His devotional is based off material from Serge’s Sonship program. You can click here for more information

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Empowerment by the Spirit as God’s Children

John 14:15-8

If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

An inspiring hero of the faith for me is Corrie ten Boom, who was imprisoned for helping over 800 Jews escape the Holocaust. After the war, Corrie repeatedly preached about forgiveness, and after one talk, one of her prison guards, who did not recognize her, thanked her and held out his hand. Crying to God for help, Corrie shook his hand and declared that she forgave him. She then wrote in The Hiding Place, “I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness…that the world’s healing hinges, but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives along with the command, the love itself.”

Unfortunately, we tend to live as spiritual orphans, cutting ourselves from God’s power. Our orphan-like tendencies are revealed in how we maliciously use our tongues, revealing whom we are truly committed to: ourselves. We also operate out of a self-righteous heart, steering away from self-examination for fear of being exposed. Furthermore, as our self-righteousness distances us from God, we forget that our spiritual brokenness cuts ourselves off from Christ’s power, which is made perfect only in weakness. We then distance ourselves from community by using the law to judge and compare ourselves to others.

The full implications of our orphan-like tendencies are enormous. Thankfully, our merciful God gives us the power to be like Him. In John 14, Jesus first comforts His disciples over His impending departure but then gives them an impossible task: “If you love me, keep my commands.” Fortunately, Jesus then provides the means to the task’s fulfillment – the Spirit of truth who will “help you and be with your forever.” Furthermore, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will live “with you,” and that He will come to them so that they will not be left as orphans.

As adopted children of God, Jesus’ promises stand true for us today. Our Father knows that we cannot live lives for Him alone; thus, He gives us His Holy Spirit to dwell in us, convict us of sin, and reassure us of God’s love. Let’s bask in that truth today.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have not left me alone on this earth. I know that without You, I cannot live for You. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who lives in me and guides me to Your truth. Help me to hear Your still small voice today, and give me the courage to heed Your guidance. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 16


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Galatians 5:19-26: The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Questions to Consider

  1. Is there anything described in the list of the acts of the flesh that seem striking to you?
  2. How are God’s children described in this passage?
  3. What habits in your life is the Holy Spirit bringing to light today?

Notes

  1. Because of our self-righteousness, we tend to exonerate ourselves of the “obvious” sins (i.e. sexual immorality, debauchery, witchcraft, drunkenness and orgies). What is particularly striking is that the Bible lists other sins, which we often ignore in ourselves but are considered just as obvious acts of the flesh: hatred, discord, jealousy, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy. And the result of all these sins is the same: “those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
  2. They are described as belonging to Christ Jesus and have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. They also are described as living by the Spirit, and as a result, the fruit of the Spirit has manifested in their lives.
  3. Personal response.

EVENING REFLECTION

No matter how well or poorly your day went today, praise God that your status as His child has not changed. Praise Him that the same power that conquered the grave lives in us. Let’s continually ask God for help that our lives would reflect this reality.

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