Archive | January, 2013

New Year Devotion

2 Jan

It is on my heart to write a sermon for the new year. Why? As we enter 2013 with dreams of revival and hopes of renewal, we also must enter the year with a small-scope personal revival. What is it to be set apart, to be holy as He is holy, and why is it worth our time to consider? With gusto to see the heavens open up (as if they were closed), and to see miracles and healing and large-scale revival in our midst once again, we must remember the soul-scopic scale of revival in our hearts.

Christ said clearly that the Kingdom of Heaven is inside of us, within us. If we allow an ounce of darkness to enter, the entire light will be muddled. Is there a cure? Indeed. His name is The Resurrection. His Name is Holiness Himself. Christ became sin so that we would become the righteousness of God. The cure is called substitution. Christ became our Substitute.

So what shall we do next? Shall we continue to sin so that grace may abound? Hell, no! Grace ought to inspire us toward righteous conduct. Freely you have been given, so freely give. If you live in the Spirit, then also walk in the Spirit. If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead also lives in you, then you will have life to your mortal bodies. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world from sin. What good is a physician for the healthy? For Christ did not come to save the healthy, but the sick. The body of Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for our sin, once for all. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law! There is no law against the amount of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control that we can have! Let the new wine flow! Life and that more abundantly is ours.

He is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him! Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not easily angered, it is not self-seeking; love hopes all things, endures all things, believes all things; Love never fails. In the end there is faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love. The revival is inside of us! It shall pour forth from within. God is love.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for pursuing dry cisterns, for not finding our fulfillment in you and you alone. You are worthy of it, you are worth everything we can offer and more. You are worth our full attention and devotion. Please set us apart for your glorious purposes, and give us great gratitude for this. Give us joyful and thankful hearts and rid us of our tendency toward complaints. Rid us of our tendency toward jealousy, envy, lust, greed, and pride. You have replaced these grotesque former tendencies with your very own heart of purity and righteousness living inside of us. You have taken out our hearts of stone, our stubborn sinfulness, and have replaced it with a beautiful heart of flesh, our new sensitivity to your Spirit and His desires. You have granted us the nature of Your Holy Son, Jesus Himself. You have placed in us a newness of being, a regenerated being that realizes in full potential, glory upon glory, its image of God. You are my Revival.