Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
A white noise app can be a great thing when we’re trying to get to sleep. It overwhelms the distracting noise around us. What about those things that distract us from God’s best for us? Another term for “those things” is “idols.” As John Calvin wrote, our minds are “a perpetual factory of idols.” Let’s take a preemptive strike. Let’s identify those things that prevent us from being satisfied with God’s love and focus on all he has for us. As you read this passage, it’s easy to get caught up in the high profile sins. Yet the less sensational stuff can be just as damaging. Those sins can minimize God’s influence in our lives in a big way.
Main Passage: Galatians 5.16-26
What would you consider your idols? What are those thoughts and actions that minimize God’s influence and love in your life?
What motivates you to deal with them? What’s your plan to deal with them? Share your plan with someone you respect and trust. Ask God for forgiveness.
Thank Jesus for his love and for the Spirit’s presence in your life. Ask the Spirit to help you take your next steps.
Ah, idols. Many of us think about statues of other gods. However, we fail to realize that many things can be idols in our life. From our phone (how often are you staring at it?), to TV, or video games, Netflix, or even a girlfriend/boyfriend. In the past year I have had to get rid of a girlfriend, a PS4, and the smart phone because of how much time I spent playing/staring at them. I admit I have some self control issues with electronics so I am forced to be a parent to myself. What is something you need to change? Have any idols in your life?