Devotional for Day 9 – September 9, 2013
Robin J Johnson, Beyond Here, SE Asia
To see a world where immorality is an exception rather than the accepted practice seems impossible. However, if we first address the issue within the church, then there is hope for the world.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Ephesians 5:3 NIV)
Statistics tell us that adultery, fornication, pornography, divorce, etc. are much the same within the church as they are in the world. This being the case, it is obvious then, that we need to pray for a fresh revelation of God’s holiness to come on our lives. How can we pray with any real authority if our lives are no different from the world? If the sanctifying work of the Spirit has not brought about a transformation of our thinking and behavior, then what right do we have to tell the world how they should behave?
We have been redeemed to be free from sin; forgiven and empowered to live holy lives, which reflect the grace of God. Grace must not be an excuse to live weak immoral lives, but an incentive to rise above worldly standards and with the help of the Holy Spirit live in holiness and godliness, bringing glory to God.
The sexual revolution has certainly darkly impacted the world. Whether it is improper sexual behavior and relationships between either, male and female, male to male or female to female, it all falls into the one same category of immorality and this damages people’s lives.
It is time for a new revolution, and it must begin in the household of faith; a revolt against ungodliness and a return to godly standards of pure and holy lives. There is a better way to live; righteous peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; it’s time that we showed the world it is possible.
Pray this Prayer:
Heavenly Father, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in our lives, that the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit transform and empower us to live pure lives in all godliness, to bring praise and honor to You. Where we have fallen short and sinned against You, we ask for Your forgiveness in Jesus’ name.
Help us make righteous choices as we choose to obey Your Word and not follow the standards of this world. Holy Spirit, help us live sexually pure lives free from perversion in word and in deed. May we truly hate sin and in turn have the courage to pursue righteousness and holiness. Thank You for your grace on our lives. Teach us to walk in true holiness. In Jesus’ name, I pray!
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.
1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
2. Pray for the lost to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
3. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.
4. Pray for the ReFRESH conferences, Sherwood and our part in seeking revival in our country and the nations.