“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13 NKJV
Welcome to the 22nd week of our devotional recap. This week we got a reminder on how to deal with offences, then learnt the importance of staying in the place of prayer. We also gave attention to learning about Godly desires and Thanksgiving.
We began this week’s study with a reminder on how to deal with offences. In this teaching, we highlighted that offences are inevitable and our ability to handle offences properly is evidence of spiritual growth and maturity. We were instructed to live above offences (Ephesians 4:1-3; 29-32).
We were charged to pray and study the word of God because it empowers us to obey God. Finally, we are to never get tired of forgiving our offenders.
On Tuesday, we saw the reasons to pray long. First, because praying long is our lifestyle as believers. We exercise ourselves more and gain strength to do the will of God like Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane(Matthew 26:45-46).
On Wednesday, we were urged to keep praying and should not get tired when we pray for the same thing for long. No matter how long it takes for our prayers to be answered, we must keep praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It is not about what prayer does for us but what it does in us.
Thursday’s study was centred on ‘Godly Desires.’ In this study, we underscored that we have to pay attention to God simply leading us with our desires. David rose to the occasion because of supernatural passion and not God exclusively telling David to face Goliath (1 Samuel 17). The leading of God can be a stir in your heart that you cannot ignore.
We concluded this week’s teaching with reasons on why we should always give thanks. We are to thank God because He is God, another reason to thank God is because He is good. Finally, we thank God because we trust Him. We are thankful as we make requests to God because we are assured of victory in the end.
SAY THIS: I am naturally led by the Spirit in various aspects of my life. Divine leading seeks me! God continually works in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:67-80, Ephesians 3:1-13, Psalms 119:33-40, I Kings 8