The Quest – Day 28

This is the devotional for Monday, October 23, 2006 which is the 28th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 28 of Frank Moore’s insightful book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 28 – It’s In The Bank

God has provided all you need for victorious Christian living.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And 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, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV)

One of Professor Frank Moore’s students requested prayer for her brother who had moved out of the family’s expensive home and was sleeping on city streets and eating from garbage cans. The young man’s father had placed a large sum of money in a bank on the street where his son slept. He gave his son a checkbook with the words, “If you ever need money, all you have to do is walk into the bank and write a check.”

From what Paul says in our Bible text for today, God has done for us something like what this father did for his son. God prompts a longing in our hearts to find power for our lives and then provides a way for us to access that power. This power comes through the indwelling presence of the Spirit of Christ.

When Paul speaks of our inner being, he is thinking of the place of our personality, our spirituality, of the seat of our praise, worship and gratitude, the source of our willpower, emotions, attitudes and conscience. The Spirit of Christ must flavor everything that springs from our inner being.

How do we get this power for the life we long for? Paul says it comes by our faith in God and His indwelling love. Only God’s love working within us gives us the solid foundation we need to complete our spiritual journey with victory. This power is not just for a select few; it is for all of God’s saints—including you! God and His love can dwell completely in you, a love that you can understand in your heart, but cannot adequately put into words. This power fills us with God Himself!

God’s power comes your way though relationship with the Spirit of Christ. Seek Him rather than power as the focus of your quest. God’s power comes as a by-product of your relationship with Him.

The memory verse for this week is Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

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Build your faith today by receiving the Spirit of Christ and His indwelling love by faith.

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The Quest – Day 6

This is the devotional for Sunday, October 1, 2006 which is the 6th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 6 of Frank Moore’s awesome book, The Power To Be Free.

If you were unable to attend Sunday’s Kickoff service for the Quest, we’d love you have you participate via our Faith Nazarene Church podcast.

Day 6 – A Spirit Guide

Christ promised us a Spirit Guide.

But if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7 NIV)

Police officer John Sullivan was haunted by the death of his father, Frank, for more than 30 years. Then through a strange turn of events, John made contact on his shortwave radio with the world beyond and opened a communication line with his dad. This is the story line from the popular movie Frequency staring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.

Is communicating with the “great beyond” science fiction? Of course. Is it popular? Very. Today, movie stars testify on television and in popular magazine articles about their own personal spirit guides. These examples highlight a return in our society to acknowledging the spiritual dimension of life.

Science and technology have promised to whisk us into the care-free world of the Jetsons. But something went terribly wrong with that scientific vision. Things didn’t quite materialize as anticipated. As people lose faith in science and technology to solve the problems of their lives, they consider other answers to their spiritual needs. So, we find society returning to the spiritual dimensions of life.

Christians do not attempt to communicate with deceased loved ones. Neither do they fall prey to the misguided popular notions of spirit guides. However, Christians do resonate with the idea that the Spirit of Christ can live in us and guide us.

When Jesus left His disciples on the Mount of Olives for His homeward journey, He promised to return to them in a spiritual way. You, too, may claim this promise of Christ. You’ll be excited to learn in our quest this week that Christ wants to live in you and guide you.

The memory verse for this week is John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

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Consider starting spiritual conversations with these questions:

On your spiritual journey how close do you see yourself to God, on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being far from God and 10 being close to Him?

If you could ask God any question you wanted to and knew that He would answer you, what question would you ask?

How would you describe your spiritual life right now, more like noon or like midnight?

What are you doing these days to maintain or improve your spiritual health?