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‘Antidote To Spiritual Apathy’ by @yinkaadewale #LAFruits Devotional

July: CONSECRATION FOR FRUITFULNESS
Reading: Psalm 121, Jude

@thelafamily July 6

 

Antidote To Spiritual Apathy

Text: “It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.
Jude 19, 20 (ESV)

Most of us have experienced those awkward moments around the water-dispenser, public transport or even on Social Media, when someone is desperately trying to make a case against God, and the body of Christ. Sometimes, these individuals had, at some point in their lives, been ardent followers of Jesus themselves. And so, one can’t but ask the question: ‘what happened to make a passionate follower of Jesus, suddenly lose it and become borderline blasphemous about our faith?
Jude calls it, an absence of the fire of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is extremely important when it comes to living a consecrated life. He is the propeller, and regulator of all that we require to live lives of faith. When life throws us powerful puzzles that shake our faith, it is the Holy Spirit that helps us maintain perspective (Romans 8:16). And knowing we will experience trying times, Jesus prepared the Holy Spirit to be our teacher, comforter and helper. (John 15:26; 16:33)

To strengthen the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives, Jude instructs, “But you, building up yourselves, … PRAYING in the Holy Spirit”. Put another way, in Ephesians 6:18 (MSG) Paul exhorts, “In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each others spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

LEARN and APPLY: Continual and passionate prayer in the Holy Spirit is the antidote to spiritual apathy. If we would spend more time praying and sustaining the fullness of the Holy Spirit, then perhaps we would have more fruitful water-dispenser and social media conversations.

Pray: Dear Father, please fill afresh me with your Spirit and help me spend more time on my knees, re-energizing at your feet. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Written by Yinka Akinwale (@yinkaakinwale) of @thelafamily