BE ENCOURAGED: to do some trading
"Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:14b, 18
Have you ever trading something you owned for something of greater value? I think there was a television show about that one time. Today start doing this in a Spiritual sense. It is interesting the analogy that the Apostle Paul uses here. Don't get drunk with wine for that is excessive, over the top, way too much, but instead be filled with the holy Spirit. This alerts me today in knowing that I cannot have too much of the Holy Spirit, but I can have too much of the world around me. So trading something that I need to limit myself in for something that I don't need to limit myself in becomes very appealing to me, WHAT ABOUT YOU? While I do believe in fasting and make it a part of my life, this idea of trading can be done every day in every situation. The challenge is to think of the trade when the moment presents itself. Some trading is what I call on the spot trading. This trading is done when all of a sudden we have a revelation from Jesus Christ that something needs to be changed. Right then and there we trade a thought, feeling or decision of what we want to what God wants. Maybe a situation comes up where I want to say something to someone, but I know it would not be right so I either ask God to change what I want to say or I may not need to say anything at all. The other trading is more long term, this trading comes from scripture revealed to me for life changing purpose. (Refer to day 17) I desire to live a Holy Spirit inspired life by asking God to build in me Jesus Christ responses. Situation by situation, response by response over time brings healthy choices that grows my faith and confidence in Jesus Christ's love in my life.
Write down some on the spot trading you do today.
Write down some long term trading you do today.
Praise Jesus Christ for His love in your life
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