Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24) “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12: 48–50 ) — Passages prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).
Take some time alone to process with the Lord the journey we have been on in these last few devotional sessions. Now, read over these two passages of scripture [several times if you’d like].
Let’s think through, not only the value of responding from love from our past meditation, but the practicality of it. If you’re ready, take a moment and invite Holy Spirit to lead you to the first steps of such a response. If you need words to use, simply say, Holy Spirit, I know that Jesus’ most intimate relationships are with those who hear his words and put them into practice. Would you bring to mind next steps for me as I respond to the words of Jesus, not out of religious obligation, but rather out of my delight — my desire for closer relationship with him.
My personal engagement with this session [Friendship with God]
This moment makes all the difference for me. It’s easy to fall back into a religious mindset of responding out of obligation. But, when I take the extra moment [asking Holy Spirit for protection from my own expectations, along with the expectations of others] and rest in the reality that I desire him, my delight in him, my obedience becomes an act of my love for him.
An added note from Phil Rice
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