Day 30: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 30

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8

 

            How do we, as Christians, keep our integrity intact in a world bent on compromise and corruption? How do we prevent ourselves from caving in to the constant pressure to sin? What does it take to maintain our passion for Christ and become the kind of Christian witness that he desires for all of his children?

If Scripture teaches us anything, it shows that people have an undeniable predisposition toward sin and selfishness. When left to our own devices, we will almost always fall into Satan’s web of lies and deceit. Even a cursory study of the Bible and the history of Israel will reveal humanity’s unfaithfulness to God, in spite of his love and devotion toward us.

You and I have been given a gift that the children of Israel didn’t have—the miraculous indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit within us that we find the strength to overcome our sinful nature. Paul tells us that “the Holy Spirit helps us in            our distress” (Romans 8:26). The apostle John reminds us that the ability to shun evil and do good comes from the Holy Spirit within us: “The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world” (1 John 4:4).

When we as followers of Christ fall into sin, it is not because we lack the ability to overcome it, but it is because we have chosen our will over the Father’s. Although we have the power to resist, we choose to indulge.

If we want to change this damaging pattern of behavior, we do it by unleashing the power of the Holy Spirit in our life. And that is done through a lifestyle of daily reading and meditating on God’s Word, and praying for strength, wisdom, and purity of heart. We put the past behind and look only to the future. And we believe Jesus’ promise of power through the Holy Spirit.

We will never obtain a life free from sin this side of heaven. But we can get to a point where sin seems ugly and where we long for God’s presence more than we struggle against Satan’s snares.

 

Daily Readings:

  • Romans 6
  • Romans 7
  • Romans 8
John McSharry

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