Day 60 – Filled with all the fullness of God

Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

This aptly sums up this 60 Day devotional journey of “The Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life”. V16 declares over us, that we would “be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being”. Wow! What a priveledge and blessing for us to recieve. Then v19 says, “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”. And all means just that…all! Almost overwhelming isn’t it. V20 says, there is a “power at work within us”. Did you know that? Do you believe it? Well, here’s the thing; whether you believe it or not, the power is still at work in you – in the life of all born-again believers. My prayer and desire for this 60 Day Journey was that it made an impact upon you. That you grew in your understanding of the Spirit of God and that your hunger level for Him increased.

Starting tomorrow, our next devotional will look at the Gifts of the Spirit. Blessings.

Day 59 – Our Triune God

Ephesians 2:18 (NLT)
Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

I love it when the Triune nature of God is mentioned in a verse because it outlines to me how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in perfect harmony with one another. This is what our marriage should look like – in sync with one another and also what our relationship with other Christians should be. In fact, when God is referenced as ONE and in marriage the two become ONE and regarding our church relationships, we should be in ONE accord, it is talking about perfect unity. God is in perfect unity with the Son and the Spirit. Husbands and wives in perfect unity with each other and the church in perfect unity with one another. I know what you’re thinking – “thankfully God got it right”. Yes, marriages don’t always get in right, nor do church relationships, but we do have the anchor of our Triune God to keep us steady through the storms. If you’re struggling in your marriage or in church relationships, call upon the full Triune nature of God to pull you through. Ask the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to make themselves real to, while you do your part in taking the time to discover the wonder of what they’re all about. This is the Joy of the Spirit-Filled Life and you’ll be glad you’ve taken the plunge.

Day 58 – I desire more…

Ephesians 1:13-14 (NLT)
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. 14 The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

And Praise and Glorify Him we will! Personally, I am eternally grateful and my heart is filled with unmatched praise to my God who gave me such a precious promise – His very Spirit. Truly, what more could a person ask for, what more could we want. We have the greatest force in the universe living inside of us and I think the church – I think I need a fresh revelation of just who He is. I’ve dug up a dozen or so books from my shelf; I’ve studied for countless hours; I’ve walked through the Scriptures, but it’s not enough…I need more. I want more. My appetite for the Spirit of God is growing larger and larger each day and I desire for a fresh touch from God’s Spirit; I desire a fresh understanding of the power, the presence and the person who is living in me. This church is the Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life and I’m loving it.

Day 57 – Ever Learning, Ever Growing

Galatians 6:7-9 (ESV)
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Personally, I would like to reap from the good seeds I sow and to help me do that, to help me stay on course, God has given us the Holy Spirit. Everything we have been learning about Him, through this devotional helps us to stick that much closer to walking through life with Him as our guide. Humility then is needed, to forsake our way and walk according to His. The beauty in learning about the Holy Spirit is the more you learn, the more you desire to stick close. Like you, I want to sow toward the things of Spirit, but in order to do so, I need to know what the “Things of the Spirit” are. So study my friends. Read some good books on the Holy Spirit (connect with me if you need help discovering some), but most importantly, head to the Bible and read every passage and those surrounding them that references the Holy Spirit and then pray for the Spirit of God to reveal Himself to you afresh. This is the Joy of the Spirit-Filled Life – ever learning, ever growing, ever developing faith.

Day 56 – Shhh…listen

Galatians 5:16-25 (NLT)
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self- control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

I kinda feel I would do a disservice to add any thoughts or comments to these verses, so I’ll let the Holy Spirit speak to you through them.

Day 55 – No more striving

Galatians 5:1-6 (NLT)
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. 2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this:If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. 5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

When you live by the Spirit (v5), trying to please God through works or trying to gain His favor through good deeds becomes a non-issue, because you don’t bother trying. When the Spirit of God leads your life, He’ll lead you to rest in the assurance of who you are in Christ. Acceptance then becomes a norm for you and trying to earn God’s favor becomes passe. This is the Joy of the Spirit-Filled Life – God loves us for who we are because He looks at us through the finished work on the cross.