Luke 23:46 Committing Your Spirit

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Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46

As Jesus hung on the cross, dying, He felt as though His Father had abandoned Him. Yet, He asked His Father, God, to forgive the people. Then at the very end He committed His spirit into the hands of His Father. Immediately after saying this, Jesus died.

It is difficult for a person to allow someone else to have complete control over himself. This is especially true when it involves one’s life. If the person being trusted with complete control does not do what is expected, then death or extreme suffering will occur.

Trapeze artists and mountaineers have complete trust with their lives in the hands of another person. As the trapeze artist is hanging in the air by the hands of another person, he trusts that the other person will not let go. While the mountaineer is climbing, he is trusting his life to the other one that he will keep a hold of the rope and not make any deadly mistakes.

Jesus had cried out to the Father, asking Him why He was abandoned. God had turned His back on Jesus because of all the sin He was bearing. However, Jesus knew that He was doing exactly what the Father wanted Him to do.

Although it appeared as if God had completely abandoned Jesus, He did not. Jesus also knew the character of His Father and trusted in what He knew to be true. As He breathed His last breathes, He committed His Spirit into the hands of the Father. He knew that God would do what He said He would do. He trusted His Father to not fail.

As you go through the days of your life, there will be times God will ask you to do something that is crazy or may be dangerous. Fear will try to rise up in you and cause you to back down. Just as Jesus did, you must keep going forward. Commit your life and spirit to God and trust Him.

God will not leave you. God will not do or allow anything more or less than is absolutely required. Commit your spirit to Him and trust His words and love for you. Trust that He will take care of you in the end. Do not hold your life, but give it to Jesus.

I pray today that you will be committed to Jesus; that you will trust God with your whole life and death; that you will obey all of God’s commands to you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.

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Ezekiel 1:20 Going With God’s Spirit

Wherever the spirit would go, they would  go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. Ezekiel 1:20

Ezekiel had a vision of some creatures with multiple faces and some wheels. He noticed that they would move without ever turning. The wheels would follow the creatures because the spirit of the living creatures was in them. Any time the creatures would move, the wheels would move.

Following someone closely is something that can be difficult to do at times. People change over time and continuing to follow may create conflict. Most people separate after a time because of different interests.

During high school, many students have friends that they hang around with. They always seem to be traveling in a group together. Once high school comes to an end, however, they tend to go different ways. Each one works a different job, or goes to a different school. They will get married and move away. Separation occurs.

The reason the wheels followed so closely was that they had the same spirit in them as the creatures had. Believers are supposed to be following God as those wheels followed the creatures. No matter where God goes, the believer must go. Just like a group of high schoolers are always seen together, the believer must always be seen with God.

God does not turn as He travels. He is always going forward, building His kingdom. He is always building His people to be just like Jesus, perfect and holy.

As you are going through life, you will most likely have to follow someone else. Your primary focus of travel should be following on the path God has for you. God has placed His Holy Spirit in you to lead and guide you through this life. He will guide you into paths of righteousness and holiness.

There will come times when you do not want to go down the path God has for you, but it is what is best for your life. Do not allow yourself to be led astray by something else. Stay focused on what God has for you. When God moves, you move. When God stands still, you stand still. Let God’s Spirit live in you.

I pray today that you will know God’s path for your life; that you will follow God each day; that you will not move unless God moves you; and that you will know God’s Spirit in your life.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Purifying The Body And Spirit

“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

Paul had just finished telling of some promises God had made. These were that believers will be saved, that God will be their God, and that they will be His people. In light of these promises he now tells people to purify themselves from everything that contaminates both body and spirit.

Believers in the church will readily see the need to purify the soul of any sin. They know that sin is bad in the spirit of a person. The challenge for many is knowing what is sin and what is not sin. The world has influenced the church so much that many sins are watered down and are no longer seen as sin.

Often believers will overlook what they are thinking in their thoughts because they feel it is not sinful to have bad thoughts since there is no action to it. Others often refuse to forgive someone else of a wrong done. These and many other things are still sin in their spirit.

The other area that is often overlooked is the body. People will eat junk foods continually, or drink bad drinks, or take drugs that are bad for their body, or refuse to exercise their body. This is not taking care of the physical body God has blessed the person with.

Your focus should not be on anyone of these things or of many other things that may need to be done or not done. Your focus needs to be on Jesus and what He wants for you.

Are you taking care to not contaminate your spirit in any way? Are you trying to be pure and holy before God? Jesus paid the high price of death for you. Will you abuse the price He paid?

Are you striving to take care of the body God has blessed you with? What contaminates are you putting into it? What nutrition are refusing to give it?

God had fearfully and wonderfully made you the way your are. Do not mess up His good work. Be a good steward and take care of your body and soul. The best way to do that is focusing on loving and serving Jesus with all of your mind, body, soul, and strength.

I pray today that God will reveal what contaminates you are allowing into your body and soul; that God’s Holy Spirit will fill your life to clean out the sin; that your focus will be on Jesus; and that you will honor God with your body and soul.

1 Corinthians 3:1 Being Worldly

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ.”

Paul was talking to the church in Corinth. He was making a very harsh statement to them about them. He was basically calling them babies that were refusing to grow up. It was border line stating that they were not Christian but only of the world because of the way they were acting.

They were accused of being worldly. Being worldly is being or acting like the world.

How does the world act? Selfish, jealous, fighting, demanding, cheating, accusing, and many other things. Look all around and you will see these things. Follow the news and everything is centered on these types of actions in one way or the other.

Many in the church today are often selfish wanting their own way. They throw pointing fingers at others. They fight with others to have their own way. They demand that others believe exactly as they do. They skimp out and cheat others in the dealings.

Think about how a little child acts. They will do all of these things because they do not know any other way to act. A little child has not learned how to act correctly. The parents should be working at leading the child to learn to act correctly.

In the same way as a believer you must learn from the Holy Spirit as to how to act correctly in this life. God is your Father who will train you to act as He would. Jesus would never act in any of these worldly ways. He was led by the Holy Spirit in everything He said and did. He was in this world but not of this world. He was set apart.

As you go through life today how are you living it? Could you be accused of being worldly? Are you living your life as the world does?

Or are you being led by the Holy Spirit? Are you separate from this world? Are you set apart from this world?

I pray today that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will act and speak as Jesus would; that you will grow up in the Lord Jesus Christ; that you will be separate from the world; and that you will be God’s light in this world.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Understanding The Things Of God

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

When the world looks at Christianity and the things of God, all they see is foolishness. They do not understand why God has certain rules in place. They do not understand why a person cannot live any way he chooses or why some things are wrong and others are not. It is foolish for a person to give up things and ways in order to follow Jesus according to the world.

This can easily be seen any where you look in this world. Paul gives the reason is that they do not have the Spirit of God in them. The person who has the Spirit of God in himself is able to understand better why God has him doing (or not doing) the things he does and what God is doing. The Spirit of God is the only one who can truly understand God and He is the one who makes it clear to a believer.

Think about when you see someone you know really well does a crazy reaction to something such as running away from a small little, harmless spider. Most people think it is funny and ridiculous. Yet, you, knowing your friend really well, knew that many years ago as a child he was bit by a small dangerous spider and now has a fear of all spiders. Knowing that makes sense as to why he does what he does.

The Holy Spirit fully knows why God does what He does and has you doing or not doing something. He then gives the believer understanding and peace about the situation. The world cannot understand this because they do not have the Spirit of God in them.

Seek God’s Spirit today to guide you into understanding God more. Ask His help to accept the things God asks you to do.

God tells you that you are to walk by faith, not by sight. This can only be done when you discern through the Spirit what is happening. Otherwise, it will be foolishness.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will understand what God is doing and having you do; that you will trust that God is having you do the best things; and that you will accept what God is telling you to do.

Romans 8:5 How Do You Live?

“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires: but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” Romans 8:5

How a person lives is a visual showing of what his mind is focused upon. What the mind is focused upon is a sign of what is important to a person.

In the business world, successful business people always talk about having a vision and a plan to meet that vision. With those things it will happen. If a person has his mind on having fun and relaxing, that is all that will happen and will not get any work accomplished.

Paul talks about living to the flesh or to the Spirit. Both show where the mind is focused.

Living for the flesh is the living for the here and now. It is focused on immediate pleasure. This is what the world is doing. They want pleasure and they want it right now. They will say do not put of pleasure till tomorrow. This is sinful selfishness and does not look at what God wants.

Those who live according to the Spirit are seeking what God wants in their lives. They are not seeking to please themselves but to please God. Their focus is on how to live for God. It is focused on serving God and reaching others for Jesus.

When your mind is focused on Jesus, you will not be focused on doing anything sinful. You will be able to resist the temptations that come your way. When Jesus was in the desert fasting He was able to easily resist the devil since He had been focused on God and His Word, not on the hunger and thirst He was feeling, the flesh.

How are you living today? Are you living to get your own pleasure or even someone else’s pleasure? Or are you living to please God?

What is your mind focused on? Is it focused on your own physical desires? Or is it focused on the desires of God for you and others? Be led by the Holy Spirit in everything you do.

I pray today that you will live according to the Holy Spirit; that you will know the direction the Holy Spirit is leading you; that you will not seek sinful desires of the flesh; and that your heart and mind will follow God.