Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 01-12-22

Intro: It is not uncommon for people to ask me what I think about a specific issue or challenge. Can I tell you I genuinely appreciate the confidence people place in me as a spiritual guide, but really what I think—my opinion—is way down the scale when it comes to importance or value. Here’s what we all need 24/7: the perception of the Savior—Jesus—because he is Truth.

In our passage today, Luke wants us to know victory for the believer comes through a proper spiritual perception which we receive when we are actually willing to live in the Truth. Sometimes a person tries to manipulate or control things in life based on his/her opinions—rather than Truth—and then want God to take credit for having authored his/her opinion even if it’s false. Our opinions will never save anyone, nor will our opinions shine the glory on God. Our greatest need is to allow the light of Truth to break through the darkness of our flesh, through the stubbornness of our wills, through the hardness of our hearts to reveal the Truth alive in our lives because the Truth is what sets all people free! (John 8:32). So, instead of asking me what I think, please ask me to pray with you so we can ask Jesus to shine the light of Truth for each of our souls—minds/wills/emotions!

Luke 11:33-36 Revelation-Light
33 “No one would think of lighting a lamp and then hiding it in the basement where no one would benefit. A lamp belongs on a lampstand, where all who enter may see its light. 34 The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light [the teachings of Jesus] to enter into your being. When your heart is open the light floods in [our spiritual perception focuses on Truth]. But when your heart is hard and closed, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place. 35 Open your heart and consider my words. Watch out that you do not mistake your opinions for revelation-light! 36 If your spirit burns with light, fully illuminated with no trace of darkness, you will be a shining lamp, reflecting rays of truth by the way you live.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the revelation light of your Word and teaching. I open my heart up to you and ask for the light to flood my spiritual perception. Set me free from opinions, so I can walk in the Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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