Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3:11
Recently, I read a quote by C.S. Lewis that prompted me to research and find out more about the individual who stated:
The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists of shoving it all back, and listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.
Although Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer who held academic positions in English literature at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, he was also a theologian who considered himself to be a Believer in God. When we reflect on the quote, certainly his words reflect life from a spiritual perspective, and point to the depth of our relationship with God.
Awakening to a new day proclaims that we have been given the priceless gift of God’s love, grace, and mercies: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23. God’s mercies are unmerited favor, we can never do anything to deserve His gifts that are freely given nor should we take those gifts for granted.
How do we become the best that we can be? It is our duty to change and develop our character. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23
By presenting our wishes, hopes, and plans daily to God in prayer, and asking for His blessing and guidance, we achieve spiritual growth. No matter how organized our to-do list is, or the resolutions we make, only Divine Intervention combined with human effort can provide perfect peace, harmony, and maturation. God is the other voice that C.S. Lewis refers to, it is God that provides us with the other point of view. The “other, larger, stronger, and quieter life” is a benefit from serving God.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
God has designed the road map for us to develop into our very best, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. It is a freewill choice to follow His plans that require unwavering faith, trust, and commitment to serve and obey. Following God’s map leads us down the Road to Salvation that has dangerous curves, bumps, potholes, and detours. Even so, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us; it is only through God that we can change. Our characters must align with the Fruit of the Spirit. Stay on the road, God has developed customized journeys that are specific to our needs. Yes, it is rough, but we are never alone.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.…Proverbs 3:5-7
The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit speaks to us when we place ourselves in that quiet mode to hear with our spiritual ears, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10. On the hierarchy of created beings, we were created a little lower than the angels who are God’s heavenly messengers, and protectors of all humanity. If the angels know their purpose is to obey and worship their Creator, how much more should we serve God in humility?
With God we can strive to achieve spiritual perfection in our life-long journey of Sanctification. Through prayer, diligent study of the Bible, and obedience, we stay connected to the vine, Jesus Christ. Strive to become the godly person who seeks after righteousness. Our willingness to change invites our Spiritual Team to unleash power and give us strength to be our very best.
Bible Reading: James 3
God, we ask you to help us to become the best person we can be. We acknowledge that we are in need of your Divine intervention and guidance in our lives. Please forgive us for the sin of self-reliance. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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