Day 25 Devo - Joy and Thankfulness

Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   (Ephesians 5:18b-20)

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire. (I Thessalonians 5:16-19)

To be filled with the Holy Spirit, we must be willing to respond to His leading. Knowing how the Spirit is leading us helps us prepare to follow Him. When we're unwilling to where He's leading, we prevent Him from filling us.

The verses above portray a vivid picture of the Spirit-filled life.  We see that God wills for us to be a joyful and thankful people constantly praying and praising the Lord. We should always have songs of worship and praise in our hearts for our King. and we should be happy to share our joy with others, and lift them up also. Being filled with the Spirit involves all of these things.

Point to Ponder:

Ephesians 5:18-20 encourages us to be filled with the Spirit, and explains the attributes of the Spirit-filled life. Being filled by the Spirit means embracing these godly attributes, and cooperating as He works to product them is us. I Thessalonians 5:16-19 again encourages us to embrace these Spirit-filled attributes, and warns us not to put out the Spirit's fire, but to let Him do His work!  He wants to set your whole life ablaze with His radiant joy and thankfulness! Don't fight Him by holding on to a gloomy, pessimistic, complaining or judgmental attitudes. Be joyful! Be thankful! Pray always! Encourage others! Praise Him!