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Today’s Bible reading is – 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. 12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 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.
Ephesians 1:11-14 (NLT)
It has been a weird week; Monday has so far been my best day by far: but I have another Brother in Christ going through a rough patch and he has posted on Facebook for the entire week that he wishes Monday would end. Tuesday I wrote this with a kidney stone on the move and great drops of sweat poured from my pain as I wrote Tuesday’s devotional and my prayer was to try to keep my sorrow off this page because you don’t need it. Yesterday I had a migraine as I wrote Wednesday’s Devotional and my struggle was to keep my anger and harsh attitude off this page because you need encouragement, not bashing. Today there is no pain but the weakness of enduring a barrage of enduring 2 days of extreme pain and allergic reaction and I woke with no strength… and I finally got the object lesson of it all. God let me have Monday because there was business that needed done that day, but Tuesday and Wednesday He let me endure battle with myself so I could remember how powerful I am on my own steam and physically this morning is a testimony to my mighty power: 9:30 before I got out of bed and writing this is the only reason I did that. The above verses are life tested, I fought the last 2 day’s battles and came through on God’s strength and the knowledge of the Holy Spirit that dwells in me and keeps me: my flesh is exhausted because of the battle but my spirit and faith are renewed and strengthened. That which is eternal inside me told me through the whole battle that “These things are temporary”. I hope you got no hint of my battles as I endured them and I apologize if I gave you one of my negative thoughts through it all: but I tell you about them after it is over because God alone deserves the glory for keeping me through them and keeping that peace in my heart through such a tempest. The “Earnest of His Spirit” in us gives us the perspective to endure whatever comes because we understand the true value of things and count temporary things in comparison to the things that will last forever and value them accordingly. If you are not praising and glorifying God you are not seeing what He has done for you: it is a natural thing for a child of God to praise Him just like it is God’s Nature to be righteous and merciful; just yet forgiving; perfect and yet full of Grace: if you know Him you will praise Him and render due glory to His name.
Walk in the Spirit according to God’s Word!