Thursday, December 10, 2020

Living as Sons of Light

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Ephesians 5:8-10 (NET) for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

When Gerald was a child, he used to be very naughty. But when his parents were expecting visitors and they wanted all their children to be very well behaved especially him, his mother would call him aside and promise to give him some money for being good when the visitors are around. This always worked like a charm. Because of the financial incentive, even as a little boy, Gerald knew how to be good.

As an adult, whenever he wanted something from someone or to impress them, he knew how to act and sound good and kind, but being good and kind was not truly his nature even though he knew the expectations of that nature.

So when after accepting the Lord Jesus, he was taught by his discipler that as a child of light, one of the fruits of his life should be goodness, he knew exactly what it meant. He understood that for him now, being good and kind was not to be a guest attitude when he wanted to impress someone or get something out of them, it was now to be his way of life because he had received the divine nature that makes bad people good.

As Gerald started walking every day with this consciousness of being good, he realized that even though many times, being good was not convenient for the flesh, it was always refreshing to the spirit, and the more he acted in the divine nature of goodness and kindness, the more pleased the Holy Spirit within him was, and this translated to more inner joy and strength in his spirit.

After receiving the new life and the indwelling Holy Spirit, if we walk in our old sinful bad nature, the Holy Spirit [within us] is not pleased but grieved, and this would affect our inner joy and deplete our inner strength. But the more we consciously walk in the divine nature of goodness, righteousness, and truth, the Holy Spirit within us is pleased and He rejoices. This joy of the Lord within us will fill our hearts with joy and strengthen us.

Go into today remembering that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Let the words you say and the things you do be pleasing to the Lord. This is the source of your inner joy and peace.

Prayer Confession: As a child of God I walk in the divine nature. I am pleasing the Lord in all things, and fruitful in every good work.
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In 1 Year: II Chronicles 29-32

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