Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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Attentiveness and Accountability Lead to Action
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26
It is very evident to me that God speaks to his children each and every day throughout the day. This is more than a person’s conscience. This is what the Bible refers to as the leading of Holy Spirit.

I had such an experience earlier this week. Coming back from Christmas celebration and vacation I knew it was a good idea for me to head back to the trail. It was something I wanted to do. But I was “out of the routine.” So I felt what I call a “spiritual nudge” to get my bike out and hit the trail. When it came time to do so, I had all sorts of excuses. It was quite chilly out; I had plenty of work to catch up on in the office; I could do it later this week. Then I saw a message from a friend about his workout and he was wearing a bike helmet. For me, this was a gentle yet obvious message that God did not want me to put this off. I responded to my friend letting him know how God had used his message to move me into action.

So, I went and got my bike out, knowing I needed to pump up the tires. The compressor pump I use to pump up my tires was dead. So, I load up my bike and drove to the closest store with an air hose. The air hose had been removed. I thought very seriously about throwing in the towel. But what kept me from doing so was that I had told my friend I was going to the trail. I went back home, found a hand pump, pumped up my tires, drove to the trail and rode my bike 10 miles that morning. Not surprisingly this made for a better day spiritually, mentally and physically. I felt God’s presence before, during and after my ride. I was in a better frame of mind which made for a more productive day and my body responded well to the much needed exercise.

I can take or leave New Year’s Resolutions, but I do have a renewed commitment to be attentive to God’s leading. I invite my friends to hold me accountable and strive every day to be more the person God is calling me to be.

Think about it…
• Do you believe God desires to influence your daily choices and experiences? Are you attentive to His “voice”?
• What is the difference between the leading of the Holy Spirit and your conscience?
• I challenge you to be attentive to God’s “voice” today, share with a friend any convictions you may experience and ACT on God’s direction.
Surrendering to Christ,