Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "O The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 119:106 – I've promised it once, and I'll promise it again: I will obey Your righteous regulations. (NLT)
Our prayer group prays regularly for people diagnosed as bi-polar. It is important that they take their medication regularly for the rest of their lives. When they do, they function well. They ask for prayer for relationships. They can see the problems that their medical conditions have caused. But then, they get to thinking, "I'm better", and they stop taking their meds. It's the same for those with HIV, I'm told.
At the present time, one of our friends is not taking medication. Though she assures us that she knows how to fool the health care worker, we see that she is not making rational decisions.
As I prayed this morning, my thoughts wandered. Often, we believe that we are okay. We think that we can run on residual Bible reading or residual traces of the Spirit in our lives from yesterday. If we run on residuals long enough, like our bi-polar friends, we even think that we can fool God!
But we are human, and we can't even think like God. We need the power that the Spirit provides, constantly, to even begin to look like His Son. One day, we will change permanently, but right now, we need to ask, daily, for the medication which only God can give. And it can't just sit on the bedside table or just be glanced at. It needs to be taken internally.
Luke 9:23 – Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me." (NLT)
Prayer: Father, like the psalmist, help us to promise again and again, daily, to obey Your righteous regulations, as we can do only through the power of Your Spirit. Give us Your daily bread and Your living water, for they provide us joy, light, and the power that we need to walk as Your children in this fallen world. Amen.