Devotional

Don’t Sacrifice Hearing For Doing

My friend, God who performs miracles among you, does He do it by the hearing of faith or by the works of the law? It is by the hearing of faith—hearing and believing. The works of the law cannot give you miracles, but the hearing of faith can. The Bible says that by the foolishness of preaching, God sozos you. That is, He saves, heals, blesses and makes you whole (1 Corinthians 1:21).

For example, when Paul was preaching in Lystra, a crippled man who was listening to the apostle had faith to be healed. All Paul had to do was shout to him, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And the man leaped and walked (Acts 14:10).

Beloved, don’t sacrifice hearing for doing. In the Old Testament, the Israelites made the golden calf from gold earrings. Gold in the Bible speaks of divinity and earrings, hearing. Together they speak of divine hearing. The calf is an animal of labor. In other words, by worshipping the golden calf, the Israelites were worshipping the god of labor and sacrificing divine hearing for doing. That is what a lot of Christians are doing today. They focus on doing and sacrifice hearing.

So don’t fall into this trap. Your works or self-efforts cannot save you or bring about the miracle you need. Just keep hearing about and meditating on what Jesus has done for you. Believe the good news and rest in Jesus’ finished work. Faith will come to empower you to stand, walk and leap in victory!

Evening Prayer

RESIST UNGODLY THOUGHTS

[2 Corinthians 10:5; James 4:7]

I pray that you will train your mind to resist impure thoughts. Submit your thoughts to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you. May you learn to demolish arguments and every pretension that aims to destroy the knowledge of God. I pray that you will bring every thought and every imagination captive to make it obedient to Christ. May you experience growth in every area of your life as you resist ungodly thoughts.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

SURPASSING LOVE

[Ephesians 3:16-19]

I pray that, out of His glorious riches, God may fill your inner being with the power of His Holy Spirit. May He fill you so that, through faith, Christ may dwell in your heart. I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. May you know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Evening Prayer

LIFE OF ORDER

[Psalm 16:5-6; Ecclesiastes 7:18; 1 Corinthians 14:33]

I pray that you will restore and maintain order in your life. In your relationships, may you restore the broken ties and cut the ungodly relations. In your work, may you align your plans to God’s and do all things in an orderly and fitting way. In your finances, may you pay all your debts and learn godly ways of using your wealth. Realize that our God is not a God of disorder, but of peace. He defines boundary lines to maintain order in your life. I pray that you will respect these boundaries; avoid all extremes, and you shall enjoy the delightful inheritance God has for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.