Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing"1 (Lyrics)
As people leave their churches and organized religion, what do they put in its place? I am noticing an increasing emphasis on spiritual things today. Even a secular magazine like The Readers Digest has an article this month called "Til Death Do Us Part", asking if there is a scientific possibility of immortality.
The search is still on for a spiritual focus in life … but outside of organized religion and the Bible's truth. Can a person receive spiritual truths without involving God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ? There are many spiritual powers out there, masquerading as truth and deceiving people.
1 John 4:1 – Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (NIV)
The Bible reveals spiritual truths for us today, and for every generation:
1 Corinthians 2:13 – This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. (NIV)
What we need in every generation are words taught by the Spirit.
How does the Spirit affect our thinking, our speaking? I was sitting in my armchair this afternoon, hips hurting and my mind resting when it happened. Unbidden thoughts came into my mind about this devotional, and I went to the computer to type them out. The Spirit gave me these words to share with you and with all those looking for some spiritual input in their daily lives. The Spirit does reach us, filling us with good thoughts — God's love in action — now, today.
We all need to gather the spiritual realities that come each day from the Spirit of God, and listen to what God is saying to us. His words will be meaningful and hit home in a way that no other truths can do. God speaking with love is offering, through Jesus' Spirit, fantastic truths for today and tomorrow. We need to listen and share with our families the spiritual truths we have from God and how they speak volumes to everyone today. Are you listening? Do you hear God's voice? He is speaking to you and me right now. His message is personal, but makes tremendous sense as we listen with faith and trust.
Prayer: Lord, we are listening. Please speak Your words to us now as we open up to Your voice. We do believe in You and promise to find out as much as we can about Jesus, Your Son, Your voice on this earth through the Spirit. He is filling us with Your love as we read Scripture, pray, and listen, listen. Thank You, Lord. Amen.