I hear the Lord say, “My dear people, I love you with an unending love. I desire what is best for you as individuals and also corporately. Work together in teams, in churches, in small groups, and family groups, in these ways choosing to follow my precepts. Seek me, in order to see me in the Spirit and to know more about me.
Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands and purify your heart. Be not a people of double mindedness. Mourn and weep for where my church has not taken on board my ways and my wisdom. Let your laughter turn to mourning and your joy to dejection where you do not listen to my plans and strategies for the kingdom. Humble yourself under my mighty hand and I will exalt you.
I do not promise that it will be easy, but my gifts for you are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Be willing to share these with others. I will not leave you bereft for that is not my way.”
Activation: Reflect on which characteristics of Holy Spirit He wants you to ask for and grow in this week.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.James 4:7 (ESV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.2 Peter 1:3 (ESV)