July 16 Inconsistency

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17–24

Key Verse: Psalm 57:2

I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me.

An artesian well sits in a pasture along a picturesque rural road. Flowing from a small pipe, the water has provided cool refreshment for man and beast for decades. Its stream, issuing from deep within the earth, has never diminished or varied—even in times of severe drought.

Most believers long for such consistency since we are so often governed by our circumstances or emotions. A good day at home or work is spiritually fortifying. A flat tire or flat speech can be debilitating, leaving us spiritually deflated. That type of elevator Christianity takes its toll spiritually and leaves nonbelievers wondering about the reliability of our faith.

Like the artesian well, the source is the key. When the love and spirit of Christ control us through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can live consistently. Christ is our life, flowing through our wills, emotions, and personalities with His purity and power, enabling, steadying us in turmoil and disappointment.

Christ never changes; He is always the same. We experience His unchanging life when we steadfastly count on His refreshing presence in every circumstance. Tough times come; but they can never separate us from the constant, steadfast love of God. He is our Source.

Father, I am often governed by circumstances and emotions. Free me from elevator Christianity. Make me consistent. Steady me in the face of turmoil and disappointment.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 207). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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