God's Holy Fire: 'Ignoring the Spirit'

Sunday, July 7, 2019

"What sorrow awaits my rebellious children," says the LORD. "You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins."
— Isaiah 30:1 NLT

Key Thought

In the time of Isaiah, God's people were in a very difficult predicament politically and militarily. They saw making alliances with foreign governments their only hope for survival. Why is it that we, the people of God, so easily forget that God is our only hope for survival — not military might, not financial strength, not alliances with other people or other governments. The problem is that we don't live directed by the Spirit. Galatians 5 reminds us that we are to "walk by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16), to be "led by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:18), and to "keep in step with the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25). Eight centuries before Galatians was written, Isaiah was challenging God's people to live this way, and they ignored him — and even more importantly, they ignored God — bringing disaster upon themselves. I wonder if we are listening to him today?

Today's Prayer

O Father, King of Glory, I surrender my heart to be influenced, led, and directed by the Spirit so that I can produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life as I walk in step with the Spirit's will in my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Isaiah 30:1 NLT — "What sorrow awaits my rebellious children," says the LORD. "You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins."

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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