When someone is lost, one of the best tools to have is a compass. If followed correctly it can lead him safely to his destination. But, if ignored, that individual can be lost forever. As Christians, the Bible is our compass. It shows us the right path and helps us when we are lost. And, just like a standard compass, if we ignore the Word, we could be lost forever. The Bible is always true and will never lead us astray. A lamp to our feet and a light to our path, it leads us in the way of righteousness, helping to walk ever closer with Him. Don’t attempt to walk your Christian journey without the aid of God’s Word. Instead, follow the heavenly compass, whose needle always points true.
Further Reading – Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
1 Peter 1:3, 4 – 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you
Thanks to the Lord’s mercy, we are heirs to eternity’s greatest inheritance. This inheritance cannot fade, be corrupted, or be defiled, and no power on earth can ever take it away. It is this inheritance Jesus went to prepare and reserve for us. It is this inheritance that should be sought above all else, and it is this inheritance that endures forever.
Do not let such a wonderful gift pass away. Instead, seek it first, last, and everything in between. Claim God’s eternal, undefiled inheritance reserved in heaven for you.
Further Reading – John 14:1-3, Titus 3:3-7
1 Peter 2:21 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
According to an old saying, you must walk a mile in a person’s shoes before you can truly understand them. The saying may be old, but the concept is sound. In order to truly know someone, you must know their experiences, trials, perspective, and personality. You must do, think, and see as they do.
The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. Many wish to know and understand the nature of Christ. They search high and low, hoping to finally understand His character, and despite learning about Him, they never fully know Him. The only way we can know Christ, is to do the things that He did, walk in His footsteps, and mirror His example.
If we follow the pattern of Christ, walk a mile in His proverbial shoes, we will know Christ. Not only will we know Christ and His character, but we will become like Him, righteous and holy. Wait no longer. Copy Him. Walk in His way and in His example. He beckons you to follow.
Further Reading – 1 John 2:6 – He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.
John 13:15 – For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
1 John 3:1 – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…
This verse is a testament to God’s love for us. Because of His love, we are able to enjoy the lofty position of a child of God. His love is so great, He was willing to give His only begotten Son to grant us salvation and eternal life. No other love can match the length and breadth of God’s love for His children.
God’s love extends to you. Before you were even known on earth, Christ loved you and died for you. He has promised to always be with you, leading and guiding you. He cares for your every need and feels your hurts and tears. If ever you are tempted to believe you are alone and unloved, remember the Lord’s everlasting love for you.
Further Reading – Romans 8:38-39 – 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 4:7-8 – 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
Hatred and malice have no place in our hearts, for we are commanded to love. There are no exceptions to this rule; we are to love all as Jesus loved all. There should not be any conditions on our love either. Our love should be free to all regardless of the circumstances. This abundant, freely-given, Christ-like love is the true mark of a born-again child of God.
No matter past history or present temperament, love the people around you. Put away any animosity or treasured grudges out of your heart and ask the Lord to replace it with His love. And, knowing His love and knowing Him, you will not be able to keep from sharing His love with those around you.
Further Reading – 1 John 3:11 – For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
John 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…
GPS has been one of the greatest advancements in personal transportation. You simply input your destination’s address into the device, and detailed step-by-step instructions lead you there. It’s almost impossible to get lost. Some devices even aid you in other ways, providing detours, traffic advice, and speed limit information. These tools make driving, especially for long distances, much easier.
The Holy Spirit is kind of like our spiritual GPS. It leads us and guides, showing us right from wrong. He gives us support during temptation and helps us discern between good and evil. In Him, we have step-by-step, detailed instructions telling us exactly how to walk in His light. Why, then, do we choose to disregard His wisdom in favor of our own? There is no logical reason. When we disregard the Holy Spirit’s guiding in favor of our own wisdom, we are sure to lose our way.
Brothers and sisters, let’s take advantage of this wonderful gift given to us. We don’t need to struggle to find the right path in our strength when we have the guiding truth of the Spirit of God. Heed His instruction instead and you’ll never go astray.
Further Reading – John 14:26 – But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
It is up to us to maintain a holy, healthy dwelling for the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot do it in our own strength. Our flesh is weak, we are deeply rooted in sin, and we are reluctant to change. However, our unchanged bodies are no place for the Spirit of God. How can we, who are comfortable in our sin, somehow become a fit body temple?
Before our bodies can be changed, our minds must be changed into the likeness of Christ. We must surrender our will to the Lord and allow Him to put His character in us. This new mind does not desire the things that defiled us before. Instead, it longs to walk closer with the Master. Once our minds have been changed to desire a holy, healthy body-temple, it becomes a matter of obedience. The Spirit of God has already promised to lead us into the right way, it is up to us to trust Him and obey.
Do not become discouraged by a less than ideal body-temple. Your current state does not have to be permanent; change is possible. Now is the time to decide whether to change or to stay the same. The Lord longs to make us all into holy temples of God. All we have to do is surrender.
Further Reading – Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – 19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Because we are not our own, it is not up to us to decide how to treat our bodies. Our Saviour paid with His life to redeem us, and we are His. In addition to that, we have quite a high calling. Our bodies are temples, dwelling places for the Spirit of God. As a result, the stewardship of our bodies is a great responsibility.
If we want the Holy Spirit to inhabit our body-temples, we have to make a fit habitation for Him. The unholy, unhealthy habits we frequently entertain prevent His presence from abiding with us. The Spirit of God will not dwell in a temple rundown with poor eating habits or a lack of exercise. A body-temple that gives place to stimulants and other harmful substances does not leave much room for God’s Spirit, and cherished sins and grudges crowd Him as well. The Spirit of God cannot coexist with harmful habits and sin.
The Lord has entrusted the care of our body-temples to us. As stewards, it is our task to make sure our bodies are fit dwelling places for the Spirit of our Lord, and every poor habit or sin we refuse to leave, drives a wedge between us and the Holy Spirit. If we want Him to abide with us, we cannot stay in our current state. We must become new creatures in Christ.
Further Reading – 1 Corinthians 6:15 – 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ…
*Part two of this devotional will be released tomorrow. Until then, walk in His light!*
*Note: Some of these posts may be similar to one’s posted before the blog went down. The over 40 posts currently missing from the site will be re-posted over time. If you’ve read a particular post already, just share it with someone who hasn’t. Walk in His Light.*
1 Corinthians 10:21 – Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
It is not possible to be part of the Lord’s number and a partaker with the devil at the same time. The Lord commands His people to serve Him with all of their hearts and minds. Partial devotion simply will not do. It impossible to do this when a part of us insists on drinking of the devil’s cup. The devil does not want our split attentions either. Each side demands our full affections; we must choose one or the other.
We can no longer dabble in both sides. We cannot serve two masters; we cannot drink of two cups. Instead, we must choose. Who will you choose?
Further Reading – Luke 16:13 – No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
The blog is back. After about a four-month hiatus, the blog will be returning back and better than before. It won’t be exactly like it was before though. The website will now be updated daily with other content in addition to the devotionals you’re used to, though those will remain a staple of the site. I want this site to be better than it ever has been. To that end, I want it to be more than just a one-way conversation. I want it to be a community of like-minded people walking closer with God every day, encouraging each other and lifting each other up. If you’re on board, subscribe to the blog via the widget in the sidebar. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.