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Daily Devotionals

Day 32 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Matthew 22:37 NLT

Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul…’

I guess many, like me, might wonder what the soul is, referred to here by Jesus. For me it is my conscious understanding of myself as a spiritual being created in the image of God. Before my awakening from sin, while God was with me, I remained entirely ignorant not only of God, but my conscience was unenlightened. Hence I was able to do things that were wrong without more than a vague sense they were wrong. The more I ignored that sense of wrongness, the fainter its inner voice grew.

Hence my shoplifting while at school, one year stealing Christmas presents for all my family, was justified to myself as something that the stores could afford more than I could afford to pay for them legitimately. The more I pushed in this direction the less constrained I became to the general morality that orders society, and indeed I seriously considered a career in crime.

Then God got hold of me, I was born of the spirit and grew conscious of God’s will and way as never before. Initially I still found it easy to suppress God’s voice, yet it always came back to whisper in my ear and disturb my conscience. Every step I took deeper into God’s embrace, my consciousness was further awakened to the gentle voice of God. This voice within began to change my behaviours and attitudes as I found myself choosing God’s way ahead of my preferences.

Where once I had lied unashamedly to get myself out of scrapes and hadn’t thought twice about framing someone else for my own indiscretions, now I was sensitised within and found I had to learn a new language, truth-telling. It didn’t come naturally, nor was it easy, since I still always wanted to justify myself and ensure I appeared in the best light. Still, as I persevered with God, and then discovered my heart’s strongest desire was for God, I found it easier and deeply rewarding to speak the truth while also looking to the welfare of others.

QUESTION: What is your consciousness of God, and how good are you at living in the truth?

PRAYER: God, capture my soul and bathe my consciousness with your Holy Spirit so I may live for you.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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