WEEK 3 REFLECTIONS

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Sunday

 

This week, we are looking at becoming a new creation by getting a new spirit. In Ezekiel 36:26a, God says, “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”

 

We are spiritual creatures. Our spirit is always being influenced or driven by the spiritual world. Fundamentally, there are only of two kinds of spirits: a spirit obedient to God and a sprit that is not. The spirit obedient to God moves where God wills. The Scriptures say this is the spirit God wants to give us.

 

Where the Spirit of God is, there is freedom. There is a freedom to live as God’s sons and daughters. We have a freedom to do the good we want to do in our hearts. The spirit obedient to God brings power. The Spirit of God brings love and peace and self- control. 

 

Pray this week for a spirit that is obedient to God.

 

Monday

 

Peter said, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.”

 

Acts 5:29-31

 

Peter and the other apostles are brought before the Sanhedrin, the very group that conspired to have Jesus crucified. They tell Peter and the apostles that they must stop speaking about Jesus. Peter, who had denied knowing Jesus out of fear just a couple of months earlier, now tells the Sanhedrin he will not stop speaking. He says that he must obey God rather than men.

 

When we make obedience to God our priority, we have greater freedom. When we live in obedience to God’s spirit, we can have the courage to live for a purpose that is greater than ourselves.

 

Pray today for the desire to please and obey God rather than men.

 

Tuesday

 

Peter said, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.” We are witnesses of these things, as is the holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him.

 

Acts 5:29-32

 

Peter stands up to the Sanhedrin and tells him that the apostles must obey God rather than men. They have been witnesses to what God has done and they must keep sharing what they have seen. The holy Spirit and his power also bear witness that Jesus rose from the dead. Then Peter notes that the holy Spirit is given to those who obey God.

 

The apostles received the Spirit because they obeyed in a very simple way: Jesus told them to wait to receive the holy Spirit. Our obedience to God can begin in small ways. When we feel God’s spirit pushing us to do a small good deed or just to slow down and pay attention to someone or just to be still, we are inviting more of God’s Spirit into our lives.

 

Take a moment to just be still. Pray for the grace to move with the holy Spirit in small ways today.

 

 

Wednesday

 

But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

 

Romans 8:9-10

 

Paul writes to the Romans that we are not in the flesh. The flesh does not mean the body, but rather the spirit that is opposed to God and his will or does not care about God’s will. The flesh wants its own way and is focused on itself. Instead, we are in God’s Spirit.

 

We have the holy Spirit living within us. Since the holy Spirit lives within us, we are alive and in right relationship with God. We have the ability to follow God and honor him with our lives. We have the ability to obey God — we just need to yield to God’s spirit.

 

Pray for the grace to live according to God’s will and Spirit and not according to the flesh.

 

Thursday

 

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”

 

Romans 8:14-15

 

We did not receive a spirit of slavery. Slavery leads to fear. We have received a spirit of adoption. In our baptism, God adopts us into his family. This means that we can call God “Abba,” an Arabic word that means “daddy.”

 

When, in our spirit and in the depths of our being, we know that God is our Father and that he loves us, we can live with confidence. There is no need to live in fear because the almighty maker of heaven and earth finds value and worth in us.

 

Take a moment to cry out to God. Call him Father. Ask for the grace for this truth to sink in deep into your spirit.

 

 

Friday

 

The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

 

Romans 8:16-17

 

The holy Spirit bears witness or reminds us that we are God’s children. Since we are God’s children, we are heirs of his kingdom. We receive all that God owns, which is everything. We will receive this reward if we obey God as Jesus did. Sometimes obedience brings suffering — but, on the other end of our obedience is glory.

 

Obedience to God may not always seem easy or attractive. We must strive to remember that glory or rewards are on the other side of this obedience.

 

Pray for the grace to see the rewards that come from obeying the will of God.

 

Saturday

 

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?

How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD

 

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?

My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.

 

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?
 

O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

 

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?

 

Psalm 116