Sunday, November 28, 2010

Monday Morning Devotions

Lk. 1:79- "To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."

This is, of course, the final verse in Zacharias' prophecy concerning the cousin of John the Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus, God the Son, is our light, our guide.  But what are we guided through so that we can reach our final destination God the Father intends for us?  The Lord guides us through the darkness that inhabits our own hearts.  "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? (Jer. 17:9) The Lord immediately answers this question: "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind..." (Jer. 17:10)  God the Holy Spirit, sent from both the Father and the Son, enters the hearts of believers to search our hearts and test our minds the very moment we truely believe.  The indwelling Holy Spirit reveals to us what dwells in us that displeases our Lord.  The Holy Spirit reveals things to us we have hidden from others and ourselves, even things we thought were innocent and beneficial, but are really unholy. The Holy Spirit teaches us to cooperate with Him so we may be transformed into the very image of God's Son Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit also teaches us the truths contained in God's Word (Jn. 16:13) which enables us to discern between good and evil.  In this way, we are guided into the way of peace with God and with Man.     And this way of peace is the road to our final destination, being in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit forever.  Amen.

(All scripture verses from the NKJV)

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