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Weekly Devotionals

New Life in the Holy Spirit

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. – Psalm 19:1-6

As we are celebrating our new life that is led by the Holy Spirit, I would like to share some thoughts on the applications of that life.

When we usually think about the new life in the Spirit, we often think of two things 1) the new relationship with the Father in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. 2) New purpose and vision in our lives as our goal is to embody the heavenly reality on Earth.

Today, I would like to suggest another aspect which is often overlooked. It is acknowledging and enjoying the goods already in the creation as God’s goodness in the world.

When we think about our lives in heaven and actually living a new and eternal life there, what are we going to enjoy for eternity? I believe that the answer is yes, the relationship with Jesus Christ, but because there will be new heaven and new earth with our physical bodies, we will also enjoy the new creation and its’s physical goodness that flows from the Lord. In fact, when we look at Genesis and its creation account, the Bible is clear that all the good that we can ever comprehend and feel are from the Lord, the source of all goodness. As a result, in the creation, we will enjoy both our relationship with Christ and his goodness and love that can be felt by everything around us.

Therefore, by enjoying God’s goodness that is manifested in today’s daily goods is our step of faith to live in the future heavenly reality. Through acknowledging and enjoying God’s goodness that is already present in this creation, we are declaring that these good things belong to God and to be enjoyed appropriately unlike the world that exploits, destroys, and indulges in them.

Now, how to do this is very simple, and this is something that I do every morning during my mediation. All you have to do is to look around your life, find any goodness in your life and acknowledge it as God’s presence, God’s love, God’s faithfulness manifested in that. For example, when I wake up in the morning and breathe in the fresh morning air. I see that air going in and out of my body as God’s goodness and his presence going through me. When I visit Ecclesia and get a sliced lemon cake, God’s goodness is manifested in that taste of the bread that first enters my mouth to my brain and the rest of my body. When I stare at the green trees, lay on my comfortable bed, or hear good music, they are all the physical manifestations of God’s goodness all around me. In a way, I can “literally” feel his goodness all around me, which is quite amazing 😀

For those who are not in Christ, these small moments of happiness are something that will always cause a regret of either not having them enough or having too much of them. But, for those who are in Christ, this is only the beginning of our eternal life, and when we acknowledge these small goodnesses from the Lord, we are owning up and proclaiming our future life in the new creation.

So, as you go about your week, I encourage you to look around and see, taste, feel, smell and touch God’s goodness, manifested in so many things around you. May His shalom be with you this week!