1/13: Day-to-day Relationship

What a sad life Samson lived after such a promising beginning. His parents had been privileged to receive a direct visit from the pre-incarnate Christ proclaiming Samson’s conception and calling; however, not even this insured a life of without struggles for Samson.  The wrong women that he chose in life helped lead to his downfall. God allowed him some measure of success, but his ultimate demise came about when he did not honor his call to his Nazarite vow over the call of Delilah’s whining. Samson tried to live by harkening back to his original call rather than to continually grow in that calling.

Successful life with God is a continual following, and a continual following only happens because of a continual filling. Ephesians 5:18 commands us to “be filled with the Spirit.” We must constantly be being filled with the Spirit, allowing God’s Spirit to direct every move every moment of every day. On explaining Ephesians 5:18, the Reformation Study Bible says, “While the sealing of the Spirit is a once-for-all initiation into the Christian life, the filling of the Spirit applies to all the Christian life. This filling is not only repeatable, but is to be sought again and again.” The Dictionary of Bible Themes adds, “To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be energized and controlled by the third person of the Godhead in such a way that under the acknowledged lordship of Jesus Christ the full presence and power of God are experienced. Spirit-filling leads to renewal, obedience, boldness in testimony and an arresting quality in believers’ lives.”

Although Samson was born with purpose, he thwarted it. He did not rely on continual filling. Like Samson, we too are born again with purpose. We have nothing at all to do with the indwelling of the Spirit, but we do have a hand in the infilling. Once the Spirit dwells in us, we are responsible for allowing Him to work through us – to submit to His filling of us.

Growth, joy, and spiritual success depend upon our day-to-day relationship with God, not on a one-time encounter.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on January 13, 2013.

One Response to “1/13: Day-to-day Relationship”

  1. Thank you Lord for being my Salvation, my Resurrector, and my Redeemer. p.s. sanewriter, thank you for sharing your gift of daily devotions.

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