September 3, 2019
1 John 2:15-17 (NASB) Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Still on the topic of distraction, Holy Spirit once again emphasizes to me the importance of having an all-out spiritual life (willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and to let go of everything for Him). Without being truly insistent to guard the fire of the Holy Spirit in our life so we can stay all-out, we will surely be trapped in the enemy’s weapon of distraction without realizing. The enemy’s method is simple: sowing the seeds lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the seeds of boastful pride of life.
When believers’ everyday life starts to get further and further away from struggle/problems, without knowing, the comfort of life could diminish the fire of the love of God in their hearts.
Observe how subtle the bait of distraction catches and drags believers away from the reality of God’s presence. When someone’s heart ceases to be fervent like it’s supposed to, that’s the moment when the seeds lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life will start to manifest. When the various desires start to manifest, usually believers’ mind will start to be filled with various excuses & self-justifications. Finally, this leads them to lower their standard of discipline that has been built so far.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NASB) Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Observe what Paul emphasized:
The word ‘discipline’ was taken from the Greek word “Hupōpiazō,” meaning to sternly discipline. The word ‘make it my slave’ was taken from the Greek word: “Doulagōgeō” (read: doo-lag-ogue-eh’-o), meaning to treat it like a slave.
So, Paul didn’t let himself be swayed although as an apostle, he could receive so many special treatments.
Once again, Holy Spirit reminds me to not be swayed. And that’s true, because I’m starting to see all the kingdom seeds I sow starting to grow visibly in the lives of many spiritual children and local churches. Despite all that, I must not let the fire of Holy Spirit in my life to fade away – not even the slightest! I must become more insistent in pursuing the reality of God’s presence!
Today, I once again renew my vow of faithfulness to the Lord:
1. I’ll be increasingly all-out in practicing my hourly declaration, prayer, and word reading.
2. I’ll be more and more all-out in building my inner man, making sure that every word principle doesn’t stay as a mere information, but truly merges in my life.
3. I’ll discipline myself to be all-out in guarding the fire of the Holy Spirit in my life; whenever needed, I will fast, and there will be no more excuses for me to take time to fast.
I hope that through today’s daily devotion, every reader will also renew their covenant with God. Let Him always find our hearts to be fervent whenever He touches us. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus