DEVOTION: “The Holy Spirit has come to make Jesus King. It seems to me that the seed, the life that was given to us when we believed, which is an eternal seed, has such resurrection power that I see a new creation rising from it with kingly qualities. I see that when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is to crown Jesus King in our lives. Not only is the King to be within us, but also all the glories of His kingly manifestations are to be brought forth in us. Oh, for Him to work in us in this way, melting us, until a new order rises within us so that we are moved with compassion. I see that we can come into the order of God where the vision becomes so much brighter and where the Lord is manifesting His glory with all His virtues and gifts; all His glory seems to fill the soul who is absolutely dead to himself and alive to God. There is so much talk about death that is so deep in God that, out of that death, God brings the splendor of His life and all His glory.” (pg 154)
Long passage but worth reading again. A few strong points:
The Spirit has come to make Jesus King. Where? In our lives. To take the old and dismantle it, destroy it and forget it. To make us new creations. To make us with kingly qualities. I like the sound of that.
Then we have this phrase, “melting us, until a new order rises within us so that we are moved with compassion.” I love this. Melt me so that I am moved with compassion. Bring forth in me feelings, desires, habits and motives that I haven’t had before so that I can be moved with compassion. Compassion for what? Others. Situations that others are in. Losses that others have felt. Hardships that others are enduring. Hope that others can’t find. Compassion. Empathy. Have your heart broken for what breaks the heart of the Father.
Then we have this last sentence……There is so much talk about death that is so deep in God that, out of that death, God brings the splendor of His life and all His glory.
Death to bring life. Ever had that happen in your life? You see something die and it brings forth incredible life. I’ve seen it. It’s hard…but….faith, trust. These are the things that it brings forth. Resurrection brings life. Resurrection brings newness. Don’t be afraid to let habits die, routines die, relationships die. Out of some of the death in our lives…comes life.
Are you ready for new life today?
PRAYER: Take a minute and think about what needs to die in your life. What needs to die so that something new can be brought forth and brought to life. Pray about it now.