READINGS for 2006-09-05
I CAN?T WAIT!
...who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? ? 1 Corinthians 2:11
?Lord, give me the patience to wait on Your will for my life.?
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Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Daniel 1-2
THE POWER OF HOLINESS
Father,You pour out Your gifts in abundance upon your children. Help me to be receptive and responsive to all of the gifts that You have given to me. I also pray that I will be faithful to Your will in the way that I exercise these gifts.
I believe Jesus? power and consequently that of the saints comes through their holiness. But just because a person is holy does not mean that they will be performing more and more miracles the holier that they get. All of this depends on God?s will and His plan for their lives. One of the important aspects of holiness is that the person becomes less concerned with what others think about them and thus less concerned with exercising something like the power to perform miracles. Humility is a key part of holiness. It is humility that protects any saint from falling into the trap of selfexultation that has been the undoing of many powerful charismatic ministries in recent years. If we carefully examine the lives of the saints, we will discover that deep down they do not court fame and power. Many of them are very reluctant to exercise their spiritual gifts for fear of this consequence.
Returning to the Gospel, the power that Jesus exercises in the working of miracles and His authority over demons is a power that demonstrates the authority of God over His creation. All that Jesus says and does is done at the bidding of His Father in heaven. This demonstrates Jesus? humility as well as protects Him from seeking to use His power for His own self-interest.
As we seek to grow in holiness each day, it is important for us to remember that humility and the desire to serve others are at the heart of this goal. Let us seek to imitate Jesus in these areas of our lives. Who knows, maybe when we have progressed further in the spiritual life, we will find that God will entrusts us with greater gifts. Fr. Steve T.
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