Devotional February 14, 2017

Exodus 37 | Exodus 38 | Romans 8: 1-17

Hey guys, I hope you are having a good start to your day. Everything is going well here. I had an awesome day with my wife and Saige yesterday. Saige had her first doctor’s appointment yesterday and everything turned out great. She is in the 90th percentile in weight and 70th percentile in height. Mommy and I got to spend some time resting at home. Once the twins came home I decided that I wanted to take Aria out for a father-daughter dinner date to celebrate Valentine’s day. It was one of the most amazing times that I have had with her. We talked about everything, laughed and bonded together. She was so happy.  

As a father, I want to be more proactive about making time for my kids. I want to be intentional about everything that I do with my children. I want my children to know that aside from God nothing else comes before them. I know this is a commitment that I must remind myself of and something that I must work on and in the end, it will be worth it.

If you are a parent, I want you to know that your number one ministry are your children. As a minister and worship leader, I always tell myself this, “If I can’t minister to my own family, then I am not allowed to minister to no one else”. Why do I say that? Because my family reflects myself. My family is my number one ministry that God has entrusted me with. I can hide many things from many people, but my family will always know the real me.

Sorry to go on a side note there, but now being a father of three life is going to be different, as if it wasn’t different enough with twins.

Jesus paid the highest price so that we could experience the highest form of love.
— JS

Reading scripture this morning I really liked what the book of Romans spoke about in being led by the Spirit. Romans 8: 14 & 15 says, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.”

I spoke yesterday about Pray, Read and Associate. I believe that when you are being led by the spirit of God these three areas at work. You know the father when you spend time with him and read his word. If you don’t spend time with God and don’t read his word how will you expect to be lead and hear the spirit of God? Being led by the spirit means you have a healthy relationship with the father and that relationship is driven by true love which cast away all fear.

You have not received a spirit of fear. You have received a spirit of power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) True love from the father cast out all fear.

As we celebrate Valentine’s day with are significant others, take some time to reflect on what true love is to you. Ask yourself, “What is love”. What does love look like to you? We all have many interpretations, but one thing is for sure, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Jesus demonstrated the highest form of love, by taking up our cross, embracing our sins, and taking our death – so that we can be with the father. Jesus paid the highest price so that we could experience the highest form of love in God.

Application: What is love? What does love look like to you? Are there areas of fear that are not allowing you to go to the next level? If so, confess them and release them onto God. Let the Spirit of God begin to lead you like never.