Daily Devotional ~ Walk In The Spirit
Worship: If you'd like to play a song before you begin or while you read, may we recommend "Spirit Lead Me" by Influence Music & Michael Ketterer.
Daily Verse: Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
☆Matthew 7:20 NLT
Let's Talk About It: There's quite a bit that happens when we accept Christ into our hearts. Many of us understand we receive the gift of grace which leads to forgiveness of sins, but what we tend to overlook is the imputation of righteousness.
Imputation is a fancy word for "to give." However, it means more than that because we aren't just given Christ's righteousness, we are counted as righteous before God. It's as if we were always righteous. How amazing is that?!
This is certainly something to celebrate due to the fact that when we are imputed with righteousness, we also receive the gifts of the Spirit. This is how we can discern those in the body of Christ from those who are not. The Bible is very specific about this.
However, just like babies who learn to walk, when we become spiritually born again, we have to learn how to walk again too. This time however, we learn how to walk in the Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us how to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.
For many of us, this is where we feel stuck. We think we're maturing, until we do something that proves we aren't walking in the fruit of the Spirit at all. For others, it may feel like you're faking it until you make it (I've been there at times myself).
Can I tell you what helps me? I envision myself being dressed in righteousness. I envision myself being covered in a gown of righteousness. That's who I am really am, after all, outside of my flesh and outside of this fleshly world, because as soon as I was saved, I became a resident of Heaven as well (Ephesians 2:6).
It may not be easy walking in the Spirit, but it can be done. Let Christ be your shining example in life, and let's strive to live everyday like He would. As the world becomes darker, we have the amazing ability to be a light. Shine bright today friend! Walk in the Spirit!
And if by chance you do fall, remember, a righteous man falls seven times, and gets back up (Prov. 24:16)! Nothing can stop you friend, you are a child of God-The One True Living God!🙌
Additional Reading: Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
☆ Colossians 3:12 NLT
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for waking me up to another beautiful day. Thank you for helping me understand that I am a new person the moment I accept Christvas my Savior. Thank you Jesus, for laying your life down that I may be saved and clothed with righteousness. Lord Jesus, help me to walk in your ways and see the world as you do. Thank you for your precious Holy Spirit, God. Thank you for teaching me how to walk in the Spirit and live by its fruit. I love you Lord and I thank you for what you are doing in my life, even when it seems to make no sense. I trust you Father, with all of my being, may your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus name I pray, amen.