THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYER

“Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” – Galatians 5:16
Many of us desire to have a meaningful prayer life; to set aside more time for God and grow in our relationship with Him, but time and again we fail.
To triumph over Satan’s attempts to distract us in our prayer time is not easy. Yet Jesus promised the help of the Holy Spirit to those who embrace Him as their Lord and Saviour. “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26)
Open yourself up to the influence of the Holy Spirit, be obedient to His guidance, and you will find that your prayer life will change dramatically – for the better.

Lord Jesus, let me always pray, give testimony, and serve with love. Teach me to act in response to the guidance of Your Spirit. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional. 

LOVE FORGETS ABOUT SELF

Scripture

“Love does not boast.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Message

Boasting is a negative form of love, called self-love. True love is selfless. It would rather confess unworthiness than boast of its own achievements. Some people give their love as though they were bestowing an honour on the receiver. That is not love; that is conceit.

The one that truly loves cannot stop marveling at the fact that there is someone who loves him. Love is kept humble in the knowledge that it could never make a sufficiently worthy sacrifice for the one it loves.

This also applies to our spiritual lives. We dare not accept God’s love as a matter of course as if we deserved it. Such pride robs us of the blessing and spiritual growth that God has in mind for us.

Prayer

Lord, keep me humble in my love, so that it does not become the cause of pride and arrogance. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE SONG OF LOVE

Scripture

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal”. – 1 Corinthians 13:1

Message

This chapter unlocks all the noble qualities of love. Here, Paul speaks about the path of love. He begins by saying that one can possess any spiritual gift, but if it does not bear the stamp of love, it is useless.

If love is not part of miracles, of sacrifice, or of our spoken and intellectual gifts, then they are fruitless. The gift of intellectual excellence without love leads to intellectual snobbery. Knowledge lit by the fire of love is the only kind of knowledge that can save people. None of these are worth anything if they do not go hand-in-hand with true love.

Prayer 

Lord, my God, I thank You that all the love in my life is but a mere stepping stone towards You. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotion

BOUND TO CHRIST

Scripture

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” – Romans 8:35

Message

Paul asks a penetrating question here. He implies that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. He even mentions  things that could attempt to do so: trouble or hardship, persecution, famine or nakedness, danger or sword. He comes to the conclusion that nothing will be able to separate us “from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

 

God loves you. This truth should give you comfort, strength and encouragement. Although it is a fact that God’s  love surrounds you, many people do not experience it because they erect barriers against it. Break down those barriers so that you may experience God’s love in your life daily.

Prayer

Holy Spirit, make me aware of You residing in me, so that my life will reflect Your glory and love. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional

THE CHRISTIAN’S DEEPEST DESIRE

Scripture

“I want to know Christ”. – Philippians 3:10.

Message

To be a Christian means knowing Christ and loving Him dearly. Jesus often taught that it is difficult to live isolated from love.

Love, because of its intrinsic nature, rises above all differences of race, colour and denomination. Because love is the determining factor in life, it cannot be confined to the limitations of the human mind and experience. It must flow from the Christian in order to be seen, to inspire, to heal and to  encourage. Our desire must be to know Christ better and to serve Him better in love.

Such a love cannot be created by human emotion and desire because God is its origin and source.

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be strong and faithful in my love for You and also to love my neighbour as myself. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

ESTABLISH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Scripture

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Message

In life it is important to protect yourself against selfishness, foolish pride, unkind thoughts and other negative traits. If you harden yourself against calls for help or pleas for forgiveness, you harden your spirit.

The way to overcome a heartless and indifferent attitude is to approach life with the attitude of Jesus Christ. Do not condemn, instead have understanding and sympathy toward others. A compassionate attitude allows the Spirit of God to work through you and bring you to the realization that only by being a blessing to your fellow man can you receive the love and blessing of God.

Prayer

Sometimes we are so indifferent to the world around us. Help us, Lord, to support others in neighborly love. Amen.

 

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

SURROUNDED BY GOD’S LOVE

Scripture

“For then I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” – John 17:19

Message

There are probably times in your life when your Christian walk seems like a struggle and your faith grows weak. When this happens, shift your focus and look at your life from Christ’s viewpoint. His involvement in your life of faith is more important than your own. He is the one who called you.

This divine calling does not depend on your shifting emotions. He will build you to Him with cords of love. When you become despondent, remember that the loving Christ will never change. You still belong to Him, He loves you and He is still your Lord. Christ’s love for you doesn’t change according to your emotions; it is eternal and unfailing.

Prayer

I thank You, O Guide, that my changing emotions need not dictate the course of my life.

Thank You that Your love for me is constant. Amen.

STAY BLESSED

SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment.

GOD’S LOVE HAS NO PRICE

“Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!” – Acts 8:20.

 

Many people believe that money can buy them everything. While this may be true of material possessions, it cannot buy things like peace, joy and fullness of life. These qualities have no price tags. They are God’s gifts of grace to us.

We enjoy everything that is good and worthwhile by the grace of God. We don’t deserve these things, we cannot earn them and we are not worthy of them, but we receive them because of Christ’s unfathomable love and grace towards us.

Never take the blessings that you receive from His hand for granted. Always remember that they are gifts of God’s eternal goodness and a sign of His love towards you.

I want to thank You for the undeserved gifts that You bestow so graciously on my life – for love and peace and hope. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

THE POWER OF GOD’S LOVE

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” – Mark 7:8.
Rituals and traditions play an important role in society. While it is essential that any group of people must adhere to rules so that everything can run smoothly, it is of the utmost importance that these rules do not become the dominant factor in the Christian community.

The foundation of any congregation must be absolute surrender, devotion and obedience to God. Jesus Christ must be central in all things and His will must take precedence over the will of people.

To be a channel of the love of God, surrender yourself unconditionally to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, then you will be able to serve your community according to God’s will, and in love.

Holy Spirit, bring me to total surrender, devotion, and obedience to the God of love. Amen.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: Culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional.

GOD’S GREAT GIFT

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14

 

When we reflect on the sacrifice God made on Golgotha, through Jesus Christ, for our redemption and salvation, the eternal hope that He gave us through His triumphant resurrection from the dead and the power He extends to us through the Holy Spirit, we are overwhelmed with wonder.

There is no way we could ever repay the Lord for His immeasurable love. But we could. and should, open our lives to Him so that we can pass on His love to others. Christ commanded us to love one another as we love ourselves, and as He loves us.

 

Lord, I want to glorify You as my Father always. Guide me, through Your Holy Spirit, so that I will be obedient to You in everything I do. Amen.

culled from Grace for Each Moment Devotional