WEEK 6, DAY 4: Walk with the Spirit
Take a moment to pause and consider the words you use when you pray. Are you more likely to pray for your will to be done, or are you more likely to pray for God’s will to be done? Are you more likely to pray that God will bless and serve you and your needs, or are you more likely to pray for wisdom in how you may be a blessing for others? Do you pray as if God is your personal assistant, or as a personal friend?
Perhaps one reason for a lack of peace and contentment in our culture, even among Christians, is that we live our lives in highly self-centered ways. We believe that God exists to serve us, and not the other way around. We want God to walk in step with our lives, instead of changing how we live to walk in step with Him.
But the Christian life is not about getting God to walk in step with our lives, it’s about us walking in step with Him. And while it may not always be easy to walk in step with the Spirit, life is harder when we choose not to do so.
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh…
READING & JOURNALING:
Re-read the opening questions in today’s devotional. Be honest, which of these most aligns with your prayers?
What thoughts come to mind when you read, “And while it may not always be easy to walk in step with the Spirit, life is harder when we choose not to do so?”
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the many times my desires are for You to do my will and not the other way around. Moving forward, I want to lay aside my desires and simply focus on walking in step with You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Amos 1:1, 9:1-15
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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