Monday – Ephesians 5:18–20 The Bible is clear. We are not to get drunk. The reason for that is that it leads to reckless actions. We all know someone whose life has been impacted by someone who abused alchohol. Most of us have someone we love who could have been so much more than they are, had they not been an alcoholic. For someone who deals with the ravages of Alcoholism, the only solution is to completely abstain from alchohol. It can’t even be in the house. But Paul contrasts the danger of alchohol, with the beauty of being filled with the Spirit. The picture is one of quiet, and complete peace while worshiping the Lord with all our hearts. We should regularly experience awesome worship with other believers so that we can be filled with the Spirit regularly. And the individual components which make up our worship, (v. 19) should be so flooded with our thankful hearts that it forms this perfect conduit between heaven and earth. Our psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs ascending to heaven, rising on the wings of our thankful hearts, and the pleased presence of God surrounding and filling the congregation, like a flood of goodness and love.
Tuesday – Isaiah 59:20–21 We all want the best for our children. We want them to have better lives than we have had. As good as things may be for us, we want more for them. For some parents, that may mean material blessings. But I believe that most of us, prefer for our children to be happier than us. And by middle age, most of us have discovered “stuff” is a poor substitute for “substance”. “Substance”, meaning knowing the Lord. We would prefer true peace over pieces of gold and silver. We would prefer real joy over earthly junk. As we grow we learn the things of God are more real and permanent that the things of this world. Here in Isa. 59, we learn God’s promise for those who turn from their transgression to the Redeemer. For those who follow the Redeemer with all of their hearts there is a promise of a legacy of Godliness. When we invite the Spirit into our hearts and love God’s Word with all of our hearts, we are told it will not depart from our mouth nor from the mouth’s of our children. The Promise even extends to our grandchildren. If God’s Word is precious to us, it will be precious to them. Note that we are not talking about memorization, we are talking about meditation. Loving it so much that we think about it and apply it in our lives when we need it. Loving it so much that we are governed by it, because we trust it more than we trust ourselves. If we love His Spirit and His Word in that way, the Covenant of Redemption can extend to even our children’s children.
Wednesday – Jeremiah 24:7 Have you ever told someone you love them with all your heart? That is what God requires of us. To love Him with all of our heart. For any one of us who want to love Him, He will give us a heart to know Him. If we pray and ask Him to help us love Him more, He promises to do exactly that. Read Matthew 22:36-39. Pray with me. Dear Lord. I want to know You more. I want to have the heart and the desire to love You more. I am asking you to give me a heart to know you. I want to be yours. I want to be your people. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Help me to love you with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind. And help me to love my neighbor as myself. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Thursday – John 14:16–18, 26 Wouldn’t you love to see Jesus? After His Resurrection, when Jesus appeared to His Disciples, they were overjoyed to see Him. And I am sure they didn’t want to let go of Him once they had Him back again. Now Jesus was telling them that He was leaving again. He had told them about the cross, before the cross. They had seen all that Jesus had told them had come true, even His Resurrection. Now He is telling them that He is going back to the Father. Perhaps, seeing the Resurrected Christ, they were better able to believe in this new promise. Jesus tells them that the Spirit of Truth that they will receive is even better than the Resurrected Christ. Today we know that the promise they were given was not only true, but the coming of the Holy Spirit to teach them all things and remind them of all Jesus had taught was better. Yes, even better than being with the Resurrected Christ. Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father to be our mediator, while the Holy Spirit was living in the hearts of believers is even better. Thanks be to You our God for such a marvelous plan and promise.
Friday – 1 Corinthians 2:6–10 12 “God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery”. Such a powerful phrase. But then the plot thickens with an even more compelling phrase, “What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind…” What is this mysterious wisdom that no man has ever even imagined? The wisdom is the Good News of the Gospel and the glorious hope of heaven that is given to the unwise, the undeserving, the imperfect. God’s Holy Spirit is given to the guilty. God’s Holy Spirit will seal and preserve the ruined soul of any man who will confess their sin and their need of a Savior. God’s Holy Spirit will pardon anyone willing to confess their crimes. “None of the rulers of this age, knew this wisdom, for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” The rulers, those who were used to wrapping the world around their own wisdom, could not understand a God who would forgive sin. If they had understood, they would have declared Him the ruler. Even today, if the rulers of this world only understood what God has prepared for those who admit their need and their guilt, then they would accept Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Aren’t you blessed that God has revealed to you through His Holy Spirit, “…hidden wisdom in a mystery”? Take some time and thank Him for it.
Saturday – 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 “God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery”, that we discussed yesterday continues today in verses 10-12. God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit. Why were these things revealed to you and not to the world? Because you were willing to humbly listen. Because you were willing to listen to the Gospel. Because you were willing to admit your need. Humility is always the key to knowing more of “the thoughts of God.” Read Proverbs 22:6 What promises are extended to those who choose humility? This is “God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery.” God reveals Himself to those who are humble.