As you celebrate Pentecost Sunday, take a moment to consider what the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit means to you, to the success of your local church and your responsibility to impact the world.
Joy, gentleness and unsurpassed peace characterize the stability characteristic of the Believer. Paul presents each as an imperative—meaning they all require a choice.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
The word “wait” is the exact opposite of frantically trying to make something happen before its time on a self-determined timetable. Wait conveys persistent expectancy—waiting on God to accomplish His purpose at His appointed time.
“‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Our calling is to be a visible demonstration of God’s grace. To walk worthy of our calling is important for every Christian, but especially as we relate to one another within the body of Christ. It isn’t a difficult concept. Summarized in three simple words, we need to “walk the talk.” Be real. Be authentic. Practice what you preach. Have integrity.
Because we love the hour of blue—that moment of intense twilight just between sunset and nightfall—my wife and I usually take our walk at this time of night and return home in the dark on most evenings. Walking in the dark can be lonely, even frightening. But, it’s much easier if you brought a flashlight! With the beam illuminating the path, you can identify obstacles and avoid stumbling.
We are reminded that the Christian life isn’t so much about working, striving and toiling, as much as it is about allowing God to work in our lives and through our lives to accomplish His predetermined purpose for our lives.
Everyone has a unique style of walking that makes it possible to recognize them long before their features are visible. Authentic Christians also demonstrate an observable identifying walk that the apostle Paul described to the Galatian church.
Paul’s admonition is usually seen in negative terms—where we shouldn’t walk. In reality, the emphasis is to be aware of where we should walk.