Good morning! It’s time to read Proverbs, chapter 27. Ask the Lord for His wisdom, and His power to live for Him today.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
When we open our Bibles, I pray that this verse describes the fellowship you have with the Father, in Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. For instance, I was reading this morning and ran across this verse:
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
You will notice the bolded print; that’s the way it read to me. It made me stop and think (ponder) what power He was talking about. It was the Coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Paul talks about this power in his letter to the Ephesians:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and the incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 1:18-19
There is SO MUCH in this verse, but let’s focus on the “incomparably great power.” This power is what brings about the regeneration process that takes place daily–actually, continuously– in our lives (see 2 Cor. 4:16, 5:17). It also gives us first the desire and then the power to be obedient to the Spirit in our daily lives.
One of those ways is in how we treat each other. Paul describes the ideal way:
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal [in loving each other], but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord [in this manner]. 21 Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 1210-11, 21
Easy to say, but hard to do. But, it’s part of the process of our becoming like Christ. We are being remade from the inside out; it’s just that our flesh won’t go down without a fight! Learning to win in our spiritual lives is what it’s all about as we follow our Lord Jesus.
Here’s the process:
- We are given the Holy Spirit and are born again; we are spiritually raised from the dead!
- Jesus replaces our hearts of stone with new hearts of flesh that resonate with the heart of God (the heartbeat of heaven).
- Our desire is to please Him, so we begin to revise our desires so that they are pleasing Him–and not destructive to ourselves and those around us (this is the tough part).
- The power we receive from the Spirit is HOW we, basically, beat our worldly side into submission. I liken it to Wack-A-Mole, where “moles” (my own desires) pop up in various places on a board and I hit them on the head with a spiritual mallet.
The idea is to “lean not on your own understanding,” but “in all our ways acknowledge/lean on/depend upon Him.” Proverbs 3:5-6 We are not to do anything by ourselves or in our own power, but we are to rely on His Spirit to direct us, tell us what to say and do, and then empower us to do the right thing. Honoring others above ourselves is just one of the harder things we are called to do.
Let’s hang our hats on this verse today: for it is God [through the Holy Spirit] who works in you to will [have the desire] and to act [with His power] in order to fulfill his good purpose [in everything we do]. Philippians 2:13