January 17, 2020 CAC Living Water Devotional :- BE ETERNITY CONSCIOUS
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Friday, January 17, 2020.
BE ETERNITY CONSCIOUS
Read Romans 8:12-28
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18)
The Bible does not teach that Christians are to be exempted from the tribulations and some challenges that come upon the world. It does teach that Christians can face tribulations, crisis, challenges and personal suffering BUT with a supernatural power that is not available to the person outside Christ (Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 5:10; cf. 1 Cor. 15:57).
The early Christians experienced joy in their hearts in the midst of trials, trouble and depression. They counted suffering which are allowed and supervised by God not as a burden, or misfortune, but as a great honour and as evidence that Christ counted them worthy to witness to Him through suffering. Christians are expected to suffer for Christ’s sake but not as thieves, murderers, harlots, smugglers etc (1 Pet. 4:1, 15).
In Acts 4:23ff, we see how Peter and the other Apostles and disciples were resolute in the face of serious threat and persecution, from the enemies of the gospel. They didn’t bulge, because they had eternity in view. They were ready to obey God against the unholy commands of men. That is what heaven-consciousness does in the Christians life. Similarly, how could Paul and Silas, both missionaries, doing the work of the Father conscientiously, after having being unjustly accused and jailed, still be singing praises to God in the inner prison cell, in such a terrible situation, if not for the fact that they were seeing beyond the prison walls? This is what we refer to as heaven-consciousness? (Acts 16:16ff).
Christians can rejoice in tribulation, because they have eternity’s values in view. When the pressures are on, they look beyond their present predicaments to the glories of heaven. The thought of the future life with its prerogatives and joys help to make the trials of the present light and transient (Rom. 8:18).
1. The grace to rejoice in tribulation/persecution for the sake of the gospel, grant unto me, in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, help me to look forward to the inheritance reserved for me in Heaven every time, so that I am not carried away by the lies of Satan in this world.
3. Lord, let the consciousness of heaven engulf our churches and services, in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 35 – 36 & Matthew 17