Saturday, March 16, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Fullness


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don’t’ act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-20 NLT

Scripture tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit instead of the world. If we are filled with the Spirit, life exhibits certain characteristics. We are to live wisely, seek opportunities to do good, be thoughtful, and listen for the voice of God to direct us. The word of God goes on to explain that living by the world’s standards brings short-term happiness leaving us with temporary fixes; however, by being filled with the Spirit, we find ourselves and joy-full. As we share His love with others, our praises rise to the Lord. Thanksgiving flows from our hearts. A life that is marked by the fullness of the Holy Spirit radiates contentment.
  • Compare the world’s temporary relief with God’s eternal joy. 
  • Daily, submit to the Spirit’s leading and find God’s power.

Holy Father, in all things help me to see Your goodness. Your Presence dwells with me and brings me wisdom and kindness to share with others - for Your glory! – dho

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