Sunday Call to Action Devotional
“But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you are in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you are in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior…”
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1: 9
The greatest gift I ever received is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible to live a Christian life, treat others as Jesus instructed us to, or internalize the Word of God. Furthermore, to carry out God’s one will be a recipient of “The Holy Spirit.” Having the Holy Spirit empowers us to translate words, thoughts and passions into action. As an example, “accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior means agreeing to pray for others, treating others as you want to be treated and being thankful for all that God has done.” Christians are inherently called to action.
Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible to embrace the Word of God, which is necessary to obey God’s Word. Jesus left instructions for us to follow in our walk with Jesus. The directions can be found in the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.)
”let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” Proverbs 1: 5
The Holy Spirit gives me heart directions according to God’s will, and it provokes my heart to lead others to Christ by example. Because of the gift of the Holy Spirit I am not the woman I used to be. Although I am still a work in progress, “I am no longer a piece of work.” There is evidence that God is Head in my life. For this reason, I am forever grateful to God for gifting me with the Holy Spirit. Knowing God has uniquely designed me with the ability to be all that He wants me to be provokes me to push myself to limits that would otherwise be undiscovered. God made me and shaped me into the being He wants me to be, but it is my responsibility to stay the course, and resist any desire to deviate.
Since praying is the only way of communicating with the Father, it stands to reason that prayer is needed to accomplish God’s will during anyone’s lifetime.
I thank God for saving me, and most importantly, for not treating me as my sins deserve. He connects the meaning of true Christianity to the relevance of Scriptures.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40: 1-3
Lastly, the Holy Spirit helps me establish and maintain effective methods of carrying out His will.
“We need to remember that the disciples were common men given a compelling task…But they were an ounce more devoted than they were afraid and, as a result, did some extraordinary things” (Lucado, 1996).
God has uniquely designed you with the ability to be all that He wants you to be. He is the author and finisher of the faith. What you need to do is let go and let God make you and shape you. Remember He is the potter and you are the clay. You need to be an ounce more devoted…the results will be extraordinary.
I don’t know about you but I need Jesus, especially right about now when the world seems to have lost its way. We are all between a rock and a hard place even if some do not recognize the quandary before them. Every day brings evidence of more despair, reasons to be afraid and little reason to expect any better. Not only are believers faced with a battle to stay the course they must also set an example so that others will not give up and lose hope. Again, Christians are inherently called to action as followers of Christ. We can no longer burden ourselves with that weight of those who seek to destroy our faith or debate whether or not there is a God. To do so would endanger our very own salvation not to mention the hope that others acquire through our steadfastness.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14: 27
The discerning gets guidance because they choose life over death, good in lieu of bad, truth in place of lies and humility rather than arrogance. Listen to your conscious, embrace every feeling your heart fights to embrace for it is God Who punctures it for the purpose making a way to enter. Without a clean heart there is nothing one can do that is good in God’s sight. No matter how good you think you are or how many people you believe you have helped unless you heart has been made new, it is impossible to have accomplished what God has ordained believers to do.
As the fires rage, waters forget their safe boundaries, people worship guns, wealth and power while the leader of the free world chooses to abandon millions of his own to fight a virus without ammunition, armor, vaccine or cure in sight, the time to surrender to God is now!