Bible Study & Devotional (Day 100)
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 12:26 (KJV), “The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”
🔴 The Spirit of Excellence
Contributing Writer: Temi Michael-O
What makes us righteous is not what we do to earn God’s love. Rather, we are righteous because we respond to God’s love by keeping his commandments (John 14:15). As we choose the ways of an excellent God, we become people of excellence and a guide for those around us.
To be more excellent means one is a standard for others.
Proverbs 12:26 reminds me of Daniel in the old testament. Daniel was a standard for others. Daniel 6:3 (KJV) says, “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” The same spirit of excellence is in every believer who has received the Holy Spirt (Acts 19:2), and we are empowered to operate in excellence as we lean on the Holy Spirit for help in our endeavors.
When we choose God’s way of doing things, we will ultimately become a standard of excellence. It may be difficult initially; however, truth wins in the end.
We do not like to think of ourselves as being wicked. Perhaps, you were already thinking about someone who can be classified as “wicked”. When we turn away from God’s way of doing things, an act of unbelief, we have chosen the way of the wicked (Hebrews 3:12).
I pray that our hearts will always turn to God’s way of doing things.
Today, ponder and declare this truth: I have the Spirit of excellence.
Connect with Temi at www.christianmommas.com
Temitope Michael-Olaniran (Fafore) is a wife, #boymom, and U.S. Army veteran. She is the author of A Christian Mother’s Creed and founder of Christian Mommas. As an advocate for spiritual and emotional wellness, Temi provides spiritual and emotional support to families of children ages zero to five. She is a Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Certified New Parent Educator and trained Postpartum Doula. She enjoys traveling, blogging, and spending time with her family.
This devotional was submitted by Temi Michael-O, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan