Proverbs 25 6-25-21

Regardless of where we are coming from, all roads lead to Jesus, and then Jesus leads us to God. Jesus is our Source for everything.

13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.

Church attendance is a good thing, but it isn’t what is meant by “walking with the Lord.” Our walk is person and ongoing. It is a daily, even continuous, giving-over of ourselves to Jesus. He is our Companion, Leader, and Guide. We constantly check with Him for direction, instruction, knowledge and understanding of what to do next, say next, and even what to think–about anything!

God doesn’t have rules; He doesn’t need them. Those who have His Spirit know the mind of God and Christ (1 Corinthians 2:12, 16). That’s why when Paul gives an example list of acts of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, he ends the list with these words, “those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Why? Because they don’t have the Spirit of God within them. He then gives an example list of the fruit that the Spirit grows in a Christian’s heart (Galatians 5:22-23), and ends this list with these words, “Against such things there is no law.”

When a person is living by the Spirit, he keeps in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). What does that look like?

People who are committed to walking with Jesus read their Bibles “religiously,” meaning that we read them to learn, to know, and to grow. It’s important to us because it’s how we know what God’s voice sounds like and what He will say.

People who are committed to walking with Jesus want to spend time together talking about what they have learned and listening to others about what they have learned. We don’t always agree, but that’s okay, too. We know that eventually, all will be revealed (Philippians 3:15-16). In the meantime, we rejoice together in sweet fellowship with the Spirit of God.

People who are committed to walking with Jesus look for ways to lead others to do the same. We help people along in their walk with Christ. If someone doesn’t know Him, then we introduce him to Jesus. Evangelism and discipleship really are this simple!

Dying to self and living for Christ by following His every footstep and command is the desire that the Spirit puts in our hearts–and we don’t mind. In fact, we like it!

5 And we will not be disappointed, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

Today, let’s die to ourselves and live for Christ, with Christ. Let’s listen to the Holy Spirit and display our love for the Father. The world is dying for an unfailing love; we have it in Christ!

Abba, may You kindle the flame of Your love in my heart. I want it to burn brightly. I envision myself as the burning bush that burned, but didn’t burn up; that’s how I see myself in You. Light me up, Lord. I want so much of Your love that I overflow to others! Amen.

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