Weekday Devotionals

Set Apart - Pastor Aaron Green

Who we are becoming is more important to God than who we have been in the past. We are on a journey to become the best possible version of who God created us to be.

Are we becoming people who are filled with the Fruits of the Spirit in action, when it counts, not just when it’s easy or convenient? If we are to commit to being “set apart” the easiest way to get there is to have all these fruits firmly in operation within us.

If we have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, and self control how could we go wrong? If we’re reactive instead of responsive or judgmental instead of kind, it’s because we have walked away from Gods provision and we are working from the position of pride! Are we set apart or just operating from our flesh? Are we judging others based on assumptions or appearances or on one uncomfortable encounter? We must intentionally look inside ourselves and identify our shortcomings, fully knowing that God forgives us, and intentionally make changes in our actions. Then we can be free to try to help someone else with the same issue.

Galatians 5:17. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh

Life is hard for the most part but there’s joy at every corner if we can only see it. We have to be set apart enough to tap into the provision of grace that God has given us and remember that our hope is in God alone.

Everyone has their season of peace, chaos, hope, turmoil, happiness, despair, etc. Their season and yours may not line up at the same time. We must always consider that perhaps what was said or done was not really aimed at you but was the result of what kind of day they are having. Make space in your heart for that, breathe in the provision of God and respond with gentleness.

If someone gives you unsolicited advice that may feel offensive, consider it. Exercise patience and kindness and self control before you react or respond. Are we listening with an open heart, set apart, or have we thrown self control out the window and reacted with pride?

Proverbs 25:12 To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. (It’s valuable!)  Likewise, think carefully before you speak and season your words with grace. Exercise patience and kindness and self control before you react or respond.

James 1:19. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.

We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people. Let us go against the flow of todays culture and be Set Apart!

Susan G




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