Glory Seed Devotional, 05/08/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

Esbriet and the Holy Spirit…

“And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, LEB)

I am taking a new medication called Esbriet for Pulmonary Fibrosis. The information packet said that taking Esbriet will not relieve my symptoms. In other words I will not even know I am taking it because it will not take away my shortness of breath. But what it does is work “behind the scenes” in stopping my lungs from worsening. It reminded me of how the Holy Spirit works in us “behind the scenes” building and strengthening providing us with what we need in our daily lives. How even though the “storms” that come our way continue to rage we can and will experience the Peace of Jesus in our hearts.

When I think about how Pulmonary Fibrosis is affecting my life it is more important for me to know Esbriet will “arrest” the disease so will not worsen. In a like manner it is more important for me to know the Holy Spirit is hard at work giving me what I need to “weather” the storms that accompany my everyday living.

Every morning, afternoon, and night I take 3 capsules of Esbriet, setting myself up to maintain my lung function. Every day reading my bible, other good Christian themed books, and praying I am opening myself up to the life giving/changing ministry of the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul puts it this way. “I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. All of us who are mature should think in this same way. And if any of you think differently, God will make it clear to you. But we must keep going in the direction that we are now headed.” (Philippians 3:14–16, CEV)

You may not need to take Esbriet 3 times a day – but you DO NEED to avail yourself to the Holy Spirit every chance you get!

Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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The LORD gives strength to those who are weary… But those who trust the LORD will find new strength…” (Isaiah 40:29, 31 CEV)

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Scripture quotations marked (LEB) are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

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