Faith

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)


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  • Two things that are good for me Part 2
    Two things that are good for me Part 2   Why is it good for me to be afflicted?   Trial or affliction reveals the reality of my faith! Trial enables me to see the weakness of human flesh! Trials and afflictions lead me looking to the grace of God for my strength and my help! Trials and afflictions…
  • Two things that are good for me!
    Two things that are good for me! 2 things that are good for me Good for me that I have been afflicted Psalm 119:71 Philippians 1:29 II Timothy 3:12 John 16:33 Hebrews 12:8 II Corinthians 12:9-10 James 1:10 Psalm 34:18 I Peter 4:12 I Thessalonians 3:3 Job 13:15 Job 1:21-22 Why is it good for me to…
  • Teach me Thy Way!
    Teach me Thy Way! Teach me thy way, O LORD;  I will walk in thy truth:  unite my heart to fear thy name. Introduction Romans 15:4 I Corinthians 10:11 Teach me Thy Way Psalm 86:11 Psalm 1:1-6 Lord accomplishes His purpose in all things Isaiah 46:9-11 Romans 8:28 Matthew 6:33 Teach me Thy Way,…

Daily Devotional - GTY

24 January 2022

  • Receiving Spiritual Enlightenment

    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Eph. 1:18).

    Spiritual enlightenment doesn’t come through self-effort or introspective meditation but through God’s Holy Spirit.

    Our society has been enamored with the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, especially since the influx of Eastern thought into the West during the 1960s. Now we are drowning in a sea of false religions and New Age philosophies.

    True enlightenment continues to elude many because they have denied its source and have turned to gurus and teachers who have no light to give. They propagate self-effort and introspective meditation, but spiritual enlightenment doesn’t come through such means. It comes only through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:14-16). That’s why Paul prayed that God Himself would enlighten the hearts of the Ephesian believers (Eph. 1:18).

    We might expect Paul to pray for enlightened minds rather than hearts, but that’s because we associate the word heart with emotions rather than with thought. But in Hebrew and Greek thinking, the heart was considered the seat of knowledge, thinking, and understanding. For example, Jesus said that evil thoughts come out of the heart (Matt. 15:19). Emotions are important, but they must be guided and controlled by an enlightened mind.

    How does the Spirit enlighten you? As you pray and study God’s Word, He transforms and renews your mind (Rom. 12:2) by filling you with “the knowledge of [God’s] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col. 1:9). He teaches you to recognize and uphold what is excellent so that you will be “sincere and blameless” before God (Phil. 1:10). He implants biblical truth into your thinking so that your responses become more and more like Christ’s.

    How wonderful to know that each moment of the day God is working within you in such a way. Be diligent to pray and spend time in the Word so that your spiritual progress will be evident to all (1 Tim. 4:15).

    Suggestions for Prayer

    • Thank God for the Spirit’s transforming work within you.
    • Reaffirm your love for Him, and express your willingness to be changed by His Spirit in any way He sees fit.
    • Be alert for attitudes or actions that need to be changed. Rely on His grace and strength in doing so.

    For Further Study

    Read Genesis 27–33, noting how God used the events of Jacob’s life to transform his weak spiritual commitment to one that was strong and unconditional (see especially Gen. 28:20-22; 32:9-12).



    From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.

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