Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 14th, 2020
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:25-26 (NLT)
Follow the Spirit
Back in 2000, the children’s book Spirit of Canada was published. In order for Canadian children to learn the stories of our country, more than 100 selections are brought together with some 300 original illustrations by 10 of Canada’s most accomplished children’s artists. The collection includes old favourites such as “Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” new classics like Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” and Roch Carrier’s “The Hockey Sweater,” and lesser-known gems such as Nancy Prasad’s “You Have Two Voices” and Duke Redbird’s “I am a Canadian.”
I’m sure every one of us at some time or another has been given the advice to “let your conscience guide you.” In case you’re wondering, that is terrible advice. Our imperfect, fallen human nature makes our conscience totally unreliable. We need something far better than our own hearts and conscience to guide us through life. Where can we look? The Apostle Paul says this in Galatians 5:25-26: “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” God the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of everyone who loves Jesus and has trusted Him as Saviour and Lord. God doesn’t want His children to be aimless, wandering through life without direction or purpose. So, He has given us His own presence, the Holy Spirit, to take up residence in us. As we commit every part of our lives to the Lordship of Jesus, the Holy Spirit controls us completely. We can then humbly follow His lead and trust Him to take us always into the very centre of God’s will for our lives.
These have been words from the heart.