God's Holy Fire: 'A Life of Goodness, Peace, and Joy!'

Saturday, November 23, 2019

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
— Romans 14:17-18 NLT

Key Thought

While we enjoy our blessings each day, let's all of us remember that life in God's Kingdom is not about what we eat or drink or what we have. Because of the Holy Spirit's presence and power within us, no matter where we are or what we have, we should always give thanks since the Spirit's presence leads to his blessings coming alive in us. Things like goodness, peace, and joy don't happen accidentally; they are the intentional work of God's presence within us through the Holy Spirit. So, let's always remember that the Holy Spirit is the source of all that is good in our lives and is the basis of our peace and the joy that sustains us. No wonder the Holy Spirit is called the gift of God, and no wonder we give thanks for this special gift!

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for all your many gifts showered upon me. Thank you especially for the Holy Spirit, who is transforming me to become more and more like Jesus and who empowers me to live a good life, to enjoy the peace that passes all understanding, and to know your deep and abiding joy. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Romans 14:17-18 NLT —  If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.

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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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