Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 5-28-21

Romans 8:9-11 (TPT)
9 But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, [makes his home in you] you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. And if you are not joined to the Spirit of the Anointed One, you are not of him [you are not your true self].

10 Now Christ lives his life in you! And even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, his life-giving Spirit imparts life to you because you are fully accepted by God [and ready for his cause of righteousness]. 11 Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!

I love being home; it is my joyful place. Certainly, it is not about the stuff that surrounds me; I simply relax and breathe differently within the atmosphere of our home. Can’t describe it but, for me, home is so much more than a place to eat and sleep. Home is where I reflect upon what is most important to me, where I take the time to process and sift through the issues of life which encircle me, and where I rest in the security of knowing I will be valued here as I live the Truth of who I am. I realize this is not everyone’s experience, but it is mine.

In our passage today, the Apostle Paul reminds us, as believers, that Christ makes his “home” in our hearts—the core of our being. He brings rest, peace, and hope to our weary souls, because he is always “home.” We can enjoy the atmosphere his presence provides, because Jesus’ breath fills his “home.” The competition of ongoing spiritual warfare does not have to control us, because he is always “home.” Satan has no power to rob us, because Jesus never leaves his “home” unprotected. We are always valued, accepted, and offered the power outflowing Christ’s resurrection as we make Jesus the Lord of his “home!” I imagine I love being home, because Jesus loves his “home,” too!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for making your home in my heart and bringing the beauty and tranquility of heaven to my soul. I continue to make this journey with you each day with the goal of making you the King of all I encounter. Thank you for always being “home” with me. I am never home, alone! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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