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S SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 26:12

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

The Roman Empire at one time was the greatest empire in the world in terms of size and Former U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what he said. One day during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir.” It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Without so much as a hesitation, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming.”

Even as Christians, we can become so preoccupied with the cares of this life, like President Roosevelt’s guests, we get distracted and lose our ability to focus on what God is saying to us. When a person enters into a relationship with God through faith in Christ, the Bible says that God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside of them (Ephesians 1:13-14). It is as if God installs a direct connection between Himself and the believer.

Over time, if we aren’t careful, things like unconfessed sin, distractions, and other priorities cause the signal to become distorted and unclear. In order to maintain an open line of communication, spend time daily in God’s presence through prayer, meditation, and worship. Keep a “short list” of unconfessed sin, and make a regular habit of submitting every area of your life to God’s will.

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Holy Spirit, I confess my need to be led by You in every step of my life. Show me where I tend to pull away from You and do my own thing. I pray for my family at Thrive Chapel that we would be Spirit-led in every endeavor. Make us into a people who follow Your lead to help others grow in their next step within our community, our region, and around the world! Amen.