Tue, February 28, 2017
Cultivating the Devotional Mood
Maintenance of the devotional mood is indispensable to success in the Christian life.
Holiness and power are not qualities that can be once received and thereafter forgotten as one might wind a clock or take a vitamin pill. The world is too much with us, not to mention the flesh and the devil, and every advance in the spiritual life must be made against the determined resistance of this trinity of evil. Gains made must be consolidated and held with a resolution equal to that of an army in the field.
To establish our hearts in the devotional mood we must abide in Christ, walk in the Spirit, pray without ceasing and meditate on the Word of God day and night. Of course this implies separation from the world, renunciation of the flesh and obedience to the will of God as we are able to understand it.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
Remaining or abiding in Christ as a life habit is the key to spiritual fruitfulness. He is the vine, the channel of life to the branches. He produces fruit through the branches. To be a fruitful branch will mean for us to continue remaining in Him.
Lord, I have so much to learn in cultivating the devotional mood. By Your Spirit, teach me.