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Noonday Devotion BY Keith
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
We look at the 9 fruit of the Spirit and seem to miss the last one.. self control.
It is not really self control.. it is really self letting go and letting the Holy Spirit take over.. it is SPIRIT CONTROL
Our reaction to our circumstances will say everything about us. We either react in the flesh or in the Spirit
In Ephesians 4 we read this
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
How can we not sin when we get angry? We have to let God take care of that situation. Purposefully we need to look through spiritual eyes and that is only done, by letting the Holy Spirit have control over our mouths, emotions and minds.
When we are living and walking under the control of the Holy Spirit, we are a living testimony to the power of God. People are watching constantly, they want to see whether you as a Christian match up to what you say on Sunday.
Your christian life is truly effective when you live a life under the control of the Holy Spirit 24/7 and not just on Sunday.
Why do you think God has saved you believer? This verse in 1 Peter 2 says why:
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God's] own [d]purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Do you show forth the virtues of God believer?. His grace, his love, his goodness?
2 Timothy 1
16 May the Lord grant [His] mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often showed me kindness and ministered to my needs [comforting and reviving and bracing me like fresh air]! He was not ashamed of my chains and imprisonment [for Christ's sake].
17 No, rather when he reached Rome, he searched diligently and eagerly for me and found me. (Amplified Bible)
This believer is a wonderful example to us.
Have you ever had your name included in a book?
In various parts of the New Testament.. Paul describes numerous people.. they are priceless friends to him. What a great privilege to have your name mentioned in the Book of Books?
This brother refreshed Paul.. like fresh air. He was like a breath of fresh air to Paul.
How many times have you acted like this brother?
Have you shown kindness to another brother? vs 16
Have you ministered to another brother or sister's needs? vs 16
Have you acted like a breath of fresh air to another brother or sister vs 16
Have you sought out another brother who is in trouble.. diligently seeking him/her out vs 17
This is love in action. What makes the church different.. their love one for another.. AMEN
This brother was not ashamed of being associated with Paul.. he was in prison, but this brother was so happy to be associated with Paul.. he identified with Paul. What would we of done in his situation?. Would we have gone to see Paul or kept our distance?
Let us act like this brother did to all the fellowship of Faith
God Bless you
Morning and Evening By CH Spurgeon
"In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him." – Colossians 2:9-10
All the attributes of Christ, as God and man, are at our disposal. All the fulness of the Godhead, whatever that marvellous term may comprehend, is ours to make us complete. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but he has done all that can be done, for he has made even his divine power and Godhead subservient to our salvation. His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability and infallibility, are all combined for our defence. Arise, believer, and behold the Lord Jesus yoking the whole of his divine Godhead to the chariot of salvation! How vast his grace, how firm his faithfulness, how unswerving his immutability, how infinite his power, how limitless his knowledge! All these are by the Lord Jesus made the pillars of the temple of salvation; and all, without diminution of their infinity, are covenanted to us as our perpetual inheritance. The fathomless love of the Saviour's heart is every drop of it ours; every sinew in the arm of might, every jewel in the crown of majesty, the immensity of divine knowledge, and the sternness of divine justice, all are ours, and shall be employed for us. The whole of Christ, in his adorable character as the Son of God, is by himself made over to us most richly to enjoy. His wisdom is our direction, his knowledge our instruction, his power our protection, his justice our surety, his love our comfort, his mercy our solace, and his immutability our trust. He makes no reserve, but opens the recesses of the Mount of God and bids us dig in its mines for the hidden treasures. "All, all, all are yours," saith he, "be ye satisfied with favour and full of the goodness of the Lord." Oh! how sweet thus to behold Jesus, and to call upon him with the certain confidence that in seeking the interposition of his love or power, we are but asking for that which he has already faithfully promised
"Trust in him at all times." – Psalm 62:8
Faith is as much the rule of temporal as of spiritual life; we ought to have faith in God for our earthly affairs as well as for our heavenly business. It is only as we learn to trust in God for the supply of all our daily need that we shall live above the world. We are not to be idle, that would show we did not trust in God, who worketh hitherto, but in the devil, who is the father of idleness. We are not to be imprudent or rash; that were to trust chance, and not the living God, who is a God of economy and order. Acting in all prudence and uprightness, we are to rely simply and entirely upon the Lord at all times.
Let me commend to you a life of trust in God in temporal things. Trusting in God, you will not be compelled to mourn because you have used sinful means to grow rich. Serve God with integrity, and if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your conscience. Trusting God, you will not be guilty of self-contradiction. He who trusts in craft, sails this way to-day, and that way the next, like a vessel tossed about by the fickle wind; but he that trusteth in the Lord is like a vessel propelled by steam, she cuts through the waves, defies the wind, and makes one bright silvery straightforward track to her destined haven. Be you a man with living principles within; never bow to the varying customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength which confidence in God alone can confer. Thus you will be delivered from anxious care, you will not be troubled with evil tidings, your heart will be fixed, trusting in the Lord. How pleasant to float along the stream of providence! There is no more blessed way of living than a life of dependence upon a covenant-keeping God. We have no care, for he careth for us; we have no troubles, because we cast our burdens upon the Lord.