But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21
The other day, I listened to a conversation between an individual who had the desire to write and his best friend. He asked, “How do you know that you are a writer?” His friend explained to him that God has given each of us spiritual gifts and talents that we were born with, and He will reveal your purpose through the Holy Spirit.
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God, our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1:17
Yes, everyone has received a measure of faith, spiritual gifts, and talents that were given to us by God. We have also been given the desire to have a relationship with God. By our daily preparation, we either establish a strong bond with God, or we fail to put forth the effort, and only have a superficial knowledge of who He really is.
Do we live as if our relationship with God is a journey or just a series of short trips?
When we dedicate ourselves to a lifelong spiritual journey with God, our priorities reflect that decision. Have you ever felt hunger so intense that you felt as if you would almost eat anything? Our desire for God places us in a state of desperation. We realize that we are nothing without Him. To maintain an up-close and personal relationship with God, we must hunger and thirst for God.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. In choosing a journey with God, we will not require persuasion to communicate with him through prayer several times a day.
I gain understanding from Your precepts; therefore, I hate every false way. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:104-105. When we love God, we have an overwhelming desire to study and cherish His Word. Before studying the Bible, we should pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning of the precious truths and promises and how we can apply the Word to our every day lives.
There is only one way to grow spiritually and increase in knowledge and wisdom. When we do our part, God allows our eyes to open and view the things of this world as foolishness. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 1 Corinthians 3:19
Many believers have been caught off guard by our current events, and they are in a state of confusion. Possessing uncertainty in these times is not the mindset that God intended for His children to have. I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” John 16:33
While Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered, “See to it that no one deceives you. Matthew 24:3-4
WE cannot be compelled by Satan to fall into temptation, to believe false information, or to live in a panic mode. Our definite advantage is a Spiritual team consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, along with the angelic host. Our duty to God and man is the great Commission: Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
- “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
- Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.… James 1: 4-6
In Matthew 17, Jesus’ disciples were unable to cast out the demons from the man’s son. When they asked Jesus why not? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief… Matthew 17:20. Do we let our circumstances shake our faith in God? In Matthew 17:21, Jesus tells us that some things require fasting and praying. Whatever is required for us to possess unwavering faith then we are expected to do it.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58
This morning, I asked myself if Jesus were to come today, would I have Eternal Life? My answer was not a definitive yes, and that poses a serious issue in my journey with God. Therefore, as of sunset today through Saturday sunset, I will be in a season of a shut-in, with fasting, studying and praying. It is something that I have never done before, and I ask for the prayers of all of my brothers and sisters in Christ that I will deepen my relationship with God as we prepare for Eternal life.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 2 Peter 1:10.
I will resume posting Devotionals on Monday, April 13th.
Love God, Love Others, and Love yourself. Be safe and Stay at Home.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020