May 17

on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.

May 17

Day 38 - walk with the Holy Spirit

In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).

 

Galatians 6:7-9 (NIV)

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

Paul communicates a simple yet profound truth here. The choices we make have consequences for us not only in the moment but also in the days to come. If you think otherwise, you are deceived. It’s like this… If you plant a certain type of seed, you wouldn’t expect a completely different plant to grow from it. No one would plant apple seeds and expect a jack fruit tree to spring forth. (It’s a real thing. Look it up.) So it is with the flesh and the Spirit. Don’t do things in and of your flesh and expect to experience or produce the things of God. 

 

It’s important to understand that Paul is not just talking about some day in the future. He’s speaking about experiencing the results of our choices right now. 

 

When we say yes to the desires of our flesh, we literally are inviting destruction into our lives and should expect to see something brought to ruin because of it. 

 

But because of God’s great and incredible grace, the opposite is also true.  When we say yes to the Spirit, we can expect to experience and participate in eternal life. Jesus described eternal life as know ing Him and the Father (John 17:3). We’re not only talking about a future with God. Paul is talking about experiencing profound, abundant and forever life with God today right amidst the brokenness of the world around us still waiting for redemption.  We can expect God to break in our lives in this way when we say yes to His Holy Spirit. 

 

How have you seen this to be true in your own life? How is Jesus inviting you to sow the things of the Spirit in order to experience relationship with Him today?

 

 

If you are struggling with sin or the consequences of sin in your life today, confess that to the Lord and thank Him for His grace and forgiveness. While our adversary would love for you to keep this hidden from others out of fear, the Lord desires that we don’t walk alone. Who do you need to share with in order to receive the encouragement God desires to provide you with today? Share with and pray for one another.