Quiet Time With Jesus – Work-In-Progress

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

When something bad happens to a person, does it mean God has abandoned him [or her]? When something good happens to a person, does it mean God is saying, “Good job! This is your reward.” What we see may not be what it is. When something bad happens to us, God is with us to see us through. After we have suffered for a while, we become stronger. When something good happens to a person, it may not mean that we have done a good job in God’s eyes. It may be a ‘good job’ in the eyes of the world.

When I read today’s devotional, I applied it in different perspectives. It is easy to misapply Scripture i.e. make it say what we want to hear. Beware of spiritual deception. It is also easy to quote Scripture to defend our actions. I thank God for Bible teachers who highlight the context of Scripture references. May our eyes see and know the truth; May our ears be sharp to hear and discern the truth; May our minds be clear to know what God wants us to do. Amen!

Central to the good news of Jesus is that through Him God came to be with us (Matthew 1:23). Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can experience His Spirit living in us (Romans 8:11). Is there any habit that we need to change? Is there any area of our lives that we need to refine? Is there any erroneous thinking that is deeply rooted in our minds that we need to uproot? Let us pray.   

Dear Father God,

We are all work-in-progress. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Help us live in such perfect harmony with the Holy Spirit that the spirit of our mind is being renewed through every circumstance of life, and that we may be able to quickly ‘prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23).

We pray and ask for ears that are sensitive enough to hear even the softest whisper of the Spirit, so that we know what we should do or say. We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
— Psalm 139:23-24


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