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May we read this mornings devotion in preparation of this evenings. The call to spend time with God. To desire his presence. This does not point to just the reaping of the benefits of being with Him but rather the simple desire of being with him. It is a position of the heart. A position that I pray the holy spirit would grant us this day.
How many of us can tell when we have not spent much time in His presence. We can tell when we have been away from his word or fellowship. Our speech changes, our responses issues and stress change, we begin to revert back to our old ways and our old man.
But now you yourselves are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Col 3:8-11)
May we put off the ways of our old man and press on in the ways of the new. But unless we die to these temptations and areas of sin in our lives daily we will surely fall to them quickly. We need his presence in our lives to give us the strength to fight out sin daily. To prepare us with his fitting to walk and serve in this world.
All of this is so that we might be prepared for what Spurgeon addresses in this evenings devotion. That we might be guarded with his holy covering against the wolves that lurk around us. But further more that we might reach out to those and pray for those wolves and enemies daily. Knowing that even for them the only way they will ever come to faith is by hearing and the hearing of the word.
I pray that when God provides such an opportunity for you to be used that you would stand ready and willing to serve just as he that reached out to you with the gospel.
May we rejoice in our salvation today and may that lead us to joy in his everlasting gift of grace.