Bible Study & Devotional (Day 16)
Guiding Scripture: Psalm 14:1-7
“The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
🔴 A Fool No Longer
Contributing Writer: Tiffiany Langston
It doesn’t require a lack of intelligence to be a fool. Instead, it is a lack of spiritual discernment that places us in these brackets. To think of ourselves as fools, seems foolish. But, why? While we may see this word from the worldly point of view and disagree, God is saying that one is a fool, when the true condition of their heart is displayed in how they revere Him. As human beings all born with a sinful human spirit, our souls are marred by the ways of the human condition. Yet, upon our choice to follow Jesus, the gift of the Holy Spirit is imparted to us.
We now have within, the one who cannot sin.
And so, the process of sanctification begins. We gain spiritual discernment, as we choose to become less, so that He can become more. But, that only occurs if we make the daily choice to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Standing in agreement with God, that there is no victory apart from Him. When we make the choice to bypass, repress or avoid the Holy Spirit it will keep us in our foolish ways. Puffed up, self-seeking, self-righteous and self-involved. And we will neglect to share the good news of the gospel message and deem others as undeserving because of a critical heart instead of a compassionate one.
As believers we are a chosen people. Let us rejoice!
God desires to use us, in the accomplishment of His kingdom mission – What an honor! Only a fool would deny themselves an experience like this. Only a fool would rather be in charge; running the world, then to allow God to do what He is SO good at. Stand in agreement with God, today. Seek His face, spend time in his presence and desire to be a fool no longer.
Connect with Tiffiany Langston at www.tiffianylangston.com
This devotional was submitted by Tiffiany Langston, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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