Daily Light – July 3, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
 
Continuing with ‘summary’ thoughts from our study in The Search For Significance..by R. McGee
(Repeating key concepts related to growth and change)
(I am back home from a week away celebrating love and life with my wonderful wife Jeannie 😊)
 
The truth that we are deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted, and a new creature in Christ will never work its way into our thoughts, emotions, and actions through a self improvement program.   Thank the Lord for our forgiveness in Christ and ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to experience this great truth.  If we have been depending on our own effort to live the Christian life, we need to stop and redirect and see the futility of self-effort without the guidance and influence of the Holy Spirit who lives inside us.  
 
When we depend on God, will we feel His love and strength?  Maybe, maybe not.  Our culture would make us think that our feelings are the most important way of determining if our actions are valid.  But as Christians, we have a much higher authority than our feelings.  We have the truth of God’s Word, and as an act of our will, we can choose to obey Him.  Our will is paramount, not our feelings.  The French philosopher Fenelon said, “The essence of Christianity resides in the will.”  Our feelings may reflect the love of Christ as we forgive others, share our faith, give generously, and demonstrate other spiritual characteristics in our lives.  But on many occasions, our emotions are inconsistent, unpredictable, and diametrically opposed to God’s Word.  Often, we refuse to obey Him because we don’t feel like it.  For example, we may be afraid to share our faith because someone might reject us, or we may continue to indulge in sin because we don’t feel like stopping.  But what about the times when we earnestly want to obey God and our emotions say no?  
(Tomorrow we will look at possible reasons our feelings may oppose the ways of God.)
 
Father…as I spend time with You this morning…I see, know, and feel your complete love for me…and I also realize..because You are light…Your light penetrates down into the places in my heart that need renewal.   The conviction work of Your Spirit as it shines into my dark places…draws me to confess and repent and see and declare my need for You to continue to renew and remake me into that person that truly represents and reflects You in the ‘all’ of me.   And although there is internal conflict and pain in my/our coming to see and coming to confess my/our faults and weaknesses….at the same time…we experience Your tenderness and love and acceptance of us in Christ….and such is just almost too amazing to me…to comprehend that You put up with me…love me…accept me.   Your love is sooo patient and kind.  You are such an amazing father.   And dear Holy Spirit…oh my….thank You that You are faithful to always shine the light of conviction into our hearts and minds ‘so that’ it will lead us to confession and healing ‘so that’ we can bear more eternal fruit.   All I can say is ‘Thank You’…’Thank You’.   Amen

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