November 6, 2019 LIVING WATER🌊 CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE : TOPIC – IT’S A TUG OF WAR
LIVING WATER🌊 CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – International Day for Preventing the Exploration of The Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
IT’S A TUG OF WAR
READ: Galatians 5:16-26
Galatians 5:16-26 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
MEMORISE: For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish (Galatians 5:17)
There is a game called ‘tug of war’. It is a dangerous game! Two teams pull in one accord at opposite directions. The team that is unable to remain standing loses the game. The two forces that we face constitute something like a ‘tug of war’ – resisting the pulling of the opposing team (the forces of darkness) and pulling in one accord (with the help of God).
In sports, sportsperson are taught to have competitive spirit. Sports teams are trained to have team spirit, like, ‘pulling in the same direction’. In the same light, we are pulling in one accord; spiritually, not physically. Let us try to increase our awareness of things more important than our own advancement. In 2 Samuel 23:14-15, we read about David longing for a drink from the well in his hometown of Bethlehem but the Philistines occupied the area. Three of his warriors risked their lives and got the water for him to drink.
However, David couldn’t bring himself to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before the Lord, saying, Is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives? (2 Sam. 23:17b). Someone might think, “What a waste! Your men risked their lives and you don’t appreciate it. You should honour them!” Life is a tug of war. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit and win big.
1. Dear Father God, remind believers, to always look to You for wisdom, by which we would live acceptably to You.
2. Holy Spirit, speak through us, the truth in love, so that people around us may be edified, encouraged and enlightened.
3. Pray for places that are being ravaged by different kinds of war, guerrilla inclusive, that God should command His lasting peace therein.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Jeremiah 27:21 – 30:12; Titus 3:2 – 3:15; Philippians 1:1- 1:7