Devotion for Saturday, April 25, 2020

“What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted say the “Amen” at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?” (1 Corinthians 14:15-16)

We begin with the old Adam who thinks of the self and moves in the way of the self. When the Spirit is in our lives, we do not loose the self, but the self is enhanced so that it is both the self and the Spirit. If you pray with the tongues of angels, it is the Spirit who intercedes. Join in what the Lord is doing that others may join with you in praise which belongs to the Lord alone.

Lord, keep me from those moments where I am seeking glory. In all that You give for me to do, may my praise and adoration point to You. It is You who makes all of these things possible. Guide me into understanding that I would magnify You in all things knowing that apart from You I can do nothing. Lead me, O Lord, and I will be led. Speak through me and teach me to join You and not the other way round.

Lord Jesus, You constantly showed humility and gave all credit to the Father. Help me to follow Your example that I would be guided by Your Spirit in all things. Keep me from the temptation that because I say or do anything, it is done solely on my ability. It is not. In You all things are possible. Teach me to be like You, O Lord, that I would grow in Your likeness day by day. Amen.