Morning by Morning, April 1 - Looking for a Way to Kill the Spirit of Christ
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Here in the communion of prayer, help me start off my day and every day embraced by the Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. ...
"Every day He was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill Him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard" (Luke 19:47-48).
Control and conformity hate freedom. Self-righteousness and arrogance detest humility. Power and position fear persistence and passion. And evil abhors all that is holy and pure and good.
But every day, You proclaimed the truth. Every day You taught about the righteousness, peace, and joy of the kingdom of God in the power of Your Spirit (Luke 9:11; Romans 14:17). Every day You lived out the law of love and the power of grace in the face of lifeless ritual, suffocating legalism, and spiritual oppression. And they hated You for it.
They looked for a way to kill You. The spirit of evil was looking for a ay to kill the Spirit of Christ. And finally the evil thought came to their evil minds to use the authority of this world to put You to death in the most cruel and humiliating way they could conceive (Matthew 27:15-23). Yet at the same time, all was foreseen in the sovereign will of the Father to turn this greatest travesty of justice into the greatest act of mercy, this horrendous act of evil into the eternal victory of good over evil, love over hate, and life over death. "But we speak of God's wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).
Lord Jesus, come speak Your truth in the temple of my heart every day. Give me courage to stand firm in the faith, persisting with passion, to do the will of my Father in the power and grace of Your Holy Spirit, overcoming evil with good (Romans 12:21). Let me look for a way to die to my self, crucified with Christ, and alive in Your Spirit (Galatians 2:19-20). Empower me to live in the grace of Your eternal victory of life over death through the power of the cross. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
Friend, May the Spirit of Christ arise in you to overcome evil with good in the grace of God and the power of the cross as you die to self, alive in Christ, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!