Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
When overwhelmed Stop! Believe and experience the Promise…
This morning I awoke to feeling overwhelmed. It was like a million things coming at me at the same time and my mind was going into overload. The Psalmist describes my early morning experience this way, “Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God and keep praising him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:11, NCV)
There is something about feeling overwhelmed that seems to isolate us yet when someone penetrates our isolation the overwhelming feelings begin to subside even though the circumstances may remain unchanged. So this morning rather than try to figure out why I felt overwhelmed instead I began talking to my Best Friend Forever (the Holy Spirit) and without saying anything I could feel his presence and began feeling more at ease.
Later during my bible reading time which is an excellent time for the Holy Spirit to speak and speak he did, “So it is with you. When you heard the true teaching—the Good News about your salvation—you believed in Christ. And in Christ, God put his special mark of ownership on you by giving you the Holy Spirit that he had promised. That Holy Spirit is the guarantee that we will receive what God promised for his people until God gives full freedom to those who are his—to bring praise to God’s glory.” (Ephesians 1:13–14, NCV)
Like the Old Testament character Job, God has not put a protective hedge around us segregating us from life’s challenges instead God has claimed ownership of our lives and given us the Holy Spirit as his guarantee that he will through the Holy Spirit stand with us in the best of times and in the worst of times. And somehow in a divine act of pure love God transforms our worst times to the best times.
With those thoughts in mind may the words of Paul’s prayer find their way into the fabric of your day-to-day living, “I pray also that you will have greater understanding in your heart so you will know the hope to which he has called us and that you will know how rich and glorious are the blessings God has promised his holy people. And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put him at his right side in the heavenly world.” (Ephesians 1:18–20, NCV)
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“Jesus is God’s Promise! Every promise God will fulfill in 2015 will come to fruition through your relationship to and with Jesus. Come Jesus, come.”
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