Sunday, April 5, 2015
"But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control." Galatians 5:22-23
I was speaking to my 'little' brother the other day and he stated, "Long ago, I gave my life to God." I was thrilled to hear that.
Later, when I got off the phone from talking with him, I began to think….
Yes, we may have given our lives to God, but have we allowed God to give HIS LIFE to us?
Think about it a minute….
Have our lives changed over the years since we gave our lives to Him? Have we allowed Him to indwell our spirits by His Holy Spirit and infuse us with His characteristics? (See the scripture above.)
Whereas we once worried, were anxious and troubled about so much, have we allowed Him to flood us with His peace as we learn to trust in His goodness and sovereignty?
Instead of a lack of forgiveness and a blazing bitterness toward others, have we allowed Him to instill a heart of forgiveness and mercy in us?
Are we hungering to get to better know the God to whom we have given our lives? Do we read His instructions, encouragement, praise and love toward us in His Word?
Instead of going our own way, do we seek God and the way He wants us to go?
Do we love houses, and possessions more than we love and place Him first in our lives?
Giving our lives to God only becomes lip service unless we welcome God, by His Holy Spirit, to become part of us, all of us.
May we give heart service instead of only lip service to God if we truly intend on being and becoming more of His.