Walking in the Holy Spirit

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.”
Galatians 5:25-26

All right, this is an awesome passage from St. Paul to the Galatians. If we consider ourselves to be Christians, or another way of putting it emissaries of the kingdom of God to the people here on earth, then we need to take a look at this passage in a very serious way. Are we living by the spirit? Are we being led by the Holy Spirit in everything that we do? Do we have self conceit? Are we provoking one another? Do we envy one another? Those are things that are going to get in the way of us living in the spirit. So today, let's go out of our way to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us in every way possible.

Let's pray.

Lord, thank you so much for sending us your spirit, and we ask you to pour your spirit out upon us today and guide us in everything that we do, and everything that we say, everything that we think, Lord. And we pray all of this in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

All right everyone. Get out there and make it the best day ever.

Your brother on the journey,

Nick De La Torre

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Soul Hygiene 101

“The Lord said to him, now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.”
Luke 11:39

Even if we feel like we have our lives put together or like we are well put together people, a lot of times on the inside there's a lot of other stuff going on. For some of us, it's depression or anxiety or resentment or we're just angry. And that can lead us in directions that are really not healthy. A lot of times that can lead us into sin or just broken relationships. And Jesus is really saying, forget about the exterior for a little bit here, and just think about what are you pouring into your vessel. What are you putting into your soul? And how are you forming your soul?

So let's pray. Lord, today we ask you to pour your holy spirit into our souls. Help us to get rid of the things that cause us to sin, get rid of the things that lead us into darkness, lead us into loneliness. And we love you, Lord. We pray all of this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Alright everybody, get out there and make it the best day ever.

Your brother on the journey,

Nick De La Torre

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Soap Operas & Jesus

“For freedom Christ has set us free, stand fast therefore and do not submit again again to yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1

The first part of this verse is pretty straightforward. St. Paul is talking about the fact that Christ has set us free. This is a commonly understood concept. But maybe the second half is a little bit less obvious, or a little bit less clear. It says, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. And we think, you know, maybe some of us have never considered ourselves to be slaves of anything, but probably many of us are or have been slaves to different things. Whether it's slavery to pornography or slavery to drugs, or slavery to alcoholism, or slavery to soap operas. Whatever it is, St. Paul is encouraging us to not turn ourselves over to slavery, but rather to belong to Christ.

Let's pray.

Thank you Lord so much for this day and help us to have the strength to say no to the things that pull us away from you. We love you Lord and we want to be with you and stay with you and we pray all of this, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

No matter what's going on in your life, get out there and make it the best day ever.

Your brother on the journey,

Nick De La Torre

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Nick Is A Baby

"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters."
Luke 11:23

In our lives, everything that we do takes us one step closer to God or one step further. To remain neutral is a lie.

This whole existence here on Earth, I like to think of as our time in utero for eternity, right? If you think about a baby in the womb for nine months, that time in the womb, that baby is oblivious to anything outside of the womb. It thinks that the womb is its world, and it gradually becomes more and more aware that the exterior world exists. It begins to start hearing his mother's voice. It begins to start seeing blurs of life through the barrier.

I think that that's such an incredible image for our lives here on Earth, because we start out completely oblivious. And then as we're taught, and as we begin to hear the voice of God, as we begin to see his fingerprints all over creation, we begin to understand that there is something else on the other side of the veil.

And our lives here on Earth are not the point. The point is eternity, because that is forever. This ends, just like the baby's time in utero. The choices we make here on Earth in this lifetime, the people that we become, directly impact our eternal life. With every choice that we make, we are inching closer in one direction or another to the person that we eventually become.

So do we want to become people that are like Christ? Do we want to become people that when others see us, they see God in us? Or do we not want that? Again, every choice we make takes us closer or further away from that.

Practical takeaway is, be very conscious of every moment, and do not take any of these moments for granted. And to be attuned to the way every choice impacts who we are becoming.

So let's pray. Lord, thank you for our lives. Thank you for giving us the breath of life, Lord. Thank you for creating us. Thank you for inviting us to spend eternity with you and to begin to live that eternal life here on Earth. Thank you for the glimpses of light that we see through the veil. Thank you for letting us hear your voice. Help us, Lord, to become the people that you destined us to be, to become the best versions of ourselves. And we pray all of this in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

All right, everybody. Get out there and make it the best day ever.

Your brother on the journey,

Nick De La Torre

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How To Get Whatever You Want

"I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent, or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
Luke 11:9-13

This is a hard passage. This is a really hard passage, because I know I have prayed for things that have not come to pass exactly the way that I asked for. I assume that probably the same is true for you. Jesus is making a bold claim here that what we ask for will be given to us. Again, like yesterday, he's creating a relationship between us and God that is the type of relationship between a father and a son or daughter. "How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

I think that we have to understand the context of what Jesus is proposing here. The context is that God wants nothing but the best for us, right? I think that at times, we think that we know what is best for us, but we really have no idea sometimes. God as a good and as a perfect father hears our prayers, hears our supplications, and he wants to give us nothing but the best. Sometimes we ask for is not that. Sometimes it is. I think that we need to trust his fatherhood in that.

I think the other thing is that as we grow closer and closer to having a heart like his, our desires, our requests of him will become more and more like the desires that he has for us. I think our first prayer always needs to be for the Holy Spirit to be upon us, right? I love how Jesus ends it with that, that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for it.

Are we inviting the Holy Spirit to guide our hearts on a day to day basis, on a moment to moment basis? If we do, if we're willing to take that leap, we will find that the things we want, the things that we realize we need start to shift. Then we will find that our heart's desires are fulfilled. Let's pray.

Lord, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your fatherhood, and thank you for loving us without limit. Help us to be more like you. We ask you to anoint us with the Holy Spirit, Lord. We pray all of this in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

All right, everybody. Get out there and make it the best day ever.

Your brother on the journey,

Nick De La Torre

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Broken Fatherhood

“He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray." As John taught his disciples, he said to them, "When you pray, say this. Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us, and lead us not into temptation."
Luke 11:1-4

All right, so this is a classic. This is Jesus teaching us the Our Father. He's teaching us how to pray. I love the humility of the disciples when they simply ask Jesus, "Teach us to pray." I have encountered a lot of groups that, when they're beginning prayer, they start by saying, "Lord, teach us how to pray. Teach us how to pray." That kind of invites the Lord to put the words in our hearts that we need to be saying.

Instead of just kind of coming up with it on our own in the moment, we're really inviting the Lord and Holy Spirit to guide our prayers, so I love that, and I think that that's something that we could do more often, as we're praying, just simply to begin by asking the Lord, teach us how to pray. I think it's also beautiful that Jesus is really inviting a new type of relationship with God here, when He says, "Father, hallowed be Your name." Right? He's inviting the disciples to call God Father, and this is huge. Today, when we think of God as our Father, I think this is one of the challenging points that we have in our culture because you see a lot of people who have a hard time relating to God, or even believing that He is a loving God, and so maybe God doesn't even exist, because there's so much pain in the world, but the reality is that our image of who God is is shaped by so many things, by so many variables, not the least of which is when we're told that God is our Father, what kind of relationship do we have with our earthly fathers?

How could He perfectly love me if he is a father, when my earthly father has not loved me perfectly? Right? That's a challenge for so many people. Maybe for you, and I want to invite you to realize that we live in a broken world, and the people in our world that bring us pain or have brought us pain in the past, they are broken, too, and they are hurting, and they need God. Don't allow your image of God as Father to be influenced by the fatherhood that we experience here on Earth. We do have incredible examples of fatherhood, right, but some of us don't, and so I want to just invite you to be open to a new type of Father, that is perfect love, that is perfect Father, that you have in God. Today's practical takeaway is when we pray, to ask Jesus, teach us how to pray. Holy Spirit, teach me how to pray. To look at God as our father, and to not allow any strings to be attached to just the broken concept of fatherhood on our planet right now. Let's pray.

Lord, thank You for the gift of Your mercy, the gift of Your fatherhood. We ask You to help us to be more like You, in seeing You as a Father, to be fathered by You, and to forgive everyone around us. Forgive people that have hurt us, even if it's a tremendous hurt. Help us to forgive. We pray all of this, Lord, in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. All right, everybody. Get out there and make the best day ever.

Your brother,

Nick De La Torre

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