A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia
Luke 24:36–39 (NKJV): Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
You canot keep your eyes on the Holy Spirit and yourself. You cannot keep your eyes on yourself and on God and expect to be filled. So many times in the presence of the Lord, God is wanting to minister to us or speak to our hearts. But our desire or how we are feeling gets in the way of what God is wanting to say to us. Without realizing it, we may magnify our lack of what we are feeling or the lack thereof when God is wanting to minister to our spirit, to our hearts. In Luke's Gospel 24:36, Jesus appeared to the disciples and said “Peace to you” and the scriptures go on to say that they were afraid and confused. Jesus wanted to manifest, to say one thing, but the disciples were drowning in their own feelings of their own human thoughts and fears and were not aware that Christ was speaking to them. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman. He is always kind and gentle. The Spirit does not force, He leads. He does not make you do anything against your will. He tugs at you. He yearns and you yield. Many times what ends up happening when we are not careful, is our eyes are placed on ourselves and how we are feeling in the moment. We choose to see the guilt and condemnation of, the things we have done wrong. What is speaking louder oftentimes is our own insecurities before the presence of God. Many times we go and we magnify our feelings of lack or tiredness of our frustrations. What we don’t realize, is that when we do those things, the Spirit waits on us. He waits to get our attention. This is why praise should be a part of your prayer life. It is so important that we enter into His presence with the correct posture and mindset.
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