26 October 2014
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:1
It is true that there are passions at war within us. Everyday we fight the urge and temptations of the world’s passions. The pride of life, the wealth and pleasures of the world. All these allure us and create the passions and actions identified in James.
But God promised a new heart and a new person when we received Jesus into our lives. We are transformed and being sanctified. Part of this process requires the transforming and sanctification of our worldly passions. May God replace these worldly passions with a passion for him and his kingdom. May we willingly lay down our worldly passions before the Lord.
Lord Jesus, you were tempted as i am, yet you rebuked the devil and stood firm in the Lord. May i do the same and may i lay down worldly lusts and passions that weigh me down. May your Holy Spirit expose these vain passions and may i confess this before you. Replace these worldly passions with a passion for you and your glory.
25 October 2014
Many people, including myself, are living on “survival” mode throughout our daily lives. The moment we wake up, we need to rush to get to work on time, then we need to fight through the demands and challenges at work, after work we might come back home to children, housework, paying the bills, making applications for this and that – and on top of it all, finding time to exercise to keep fit! We rush things, we hurry. Yet the saying is true “more haste, less speed”.
But Jesus was never in a hurry. Jesus never seemed to rush things. There was an order, a purpose, a falling into place of events and things. Jesus seemed to know exactly what to do at exactly the right time. Of course, he was God, but he also asked us to follow him. He also promised us his peace and the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth and righteousness. When we rush and hurry, we might miss the rhythm of God’s orchestrated purpose for our lives. We might fail to realise that in fact, life doesn’t need to be rushed and hurried if only we abide and trust in his provision and care. Living in the Spirit and walking by the Spirit means we can be free from this rush and hurry – we can break away from “survival” mode.
Lord God, may i be aware of your provision, your care and the orchestration of your plan in my life. May i not be rushed, hurried or be stooped in “survival” mode that i miss the peace of simply walking in your Spirit. May i walk in the power of Christ.