Saturday, June 11, 2011

Drop in for Tea

Romans 8:6
New Living Translation (NLT)
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Thought we could sit down for some tea together. Have you noticed how many new blends there are for us to try? I love trying new tea flavors. Sometimes I end up liking the flavors and sometimes not so much. Some are too strong, too weak, or just have odd tastes to me. Others I thoroughly enjoy.

Many blends are good for us and today we are going to share in some cups of tea that are good for our us as Christians.

  • Royal-TEA (Galatians 4:7)
    This source for this tea is straight from the well of Living Water. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we become part of His royal family so we should be living like we are one of His children.

  • Personali-TEA (John 13:35)
    As Christians, we represent the person of Christ, so He should be part of our persona.

  • Hones-TEA (Ephesians 4:25)
    In today's world, a cup of honesty sure is refreshing. As a Christian, honesty is something we should be filled with.

  • Accountabili-TEA (Romans 14:12)
    We all have to drink this one. We are all responsible for how we live this life on earth and what we do or don't do for Christ.

  • Adversi-TEA (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)
    Watch out! It's hot and may be a hard one to swallow, but sometimes the Lord knows we need a good strong drink of it. What I love is that this blend of tea always comes served with grace. Sufficient grace. Our cup's never filled with more than we can drink at one time.

  • Generosi-TEA (Luke 6:38)
    Notice how a cup of this will keep refilling itself? When we give, the Lord blesses us all the more.

  • Availabili-TEA (Isaiah 6:8)
    We all should be willing and ready to drink this blend.

  • Laughabili-TEA (Proverbs 17:22)
    Be sure to get a full cup. This blend of tea has medicinal purposes and I sure feel good when I drink this one. May I have a refill, please?

  • Uni-TEA (Psalm 133:1)
    When you are drinking this blend, it causes a sweet spirit which can benefit those around you.

  • Humili-TEA (Acts 20:19)
    Before we can pick up this cup, sometimes we have to swallow a little of our own pride first. As a Christian, humility should be part of our character.

  • Hospitali-TEA (1 Peter 4:9)
    This blend is for sharing. Be sure to serve it up to others.
I hope I'm drinking in all the things I need to in order to live my Christian life to the fullest. It will all add up to my Spirituali-TEA.

When we are walking in the spirit instead of the flesh, we begin reflecting Christ. The whole chapter of Romans 8 is talking about living in the spirit. In verse 13 of that chapter, it is talking about mortifying the deeds of the body and keeping sin under control. We need to work on getting the way we live under control of the spirit instead of living in the flesh.

Romans 8:13-14
New Living Translation (NLT)
13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,[a] you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[b] of God.

How we live reflects Who we serve and when we begin sipping on those "teas" in our life and concentrating on those areas, we begin reflecting Christ more. Sin and the flesh will have a hard time sneaking in when we are living like Christ intended for us to live.

I don't know about you, but when I sit down and have a cup of tea (or coffee) in the morning, it puts me in the right mindset for the day. These "teas" will help put us in the right frame of mind too. Reflecting on these areas of our lives will give us a boost in our spiritually.

Romans 8:5-6
New Living Translation (NLT)
 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

So, how's your tea?

1 comment:

Linda said...

Peggy I LOVED this devotion. Did you do this? Or was it from a book? I Loved it and was so blessed by it today. Just wanted to thank you for posting this encouragement...Now I'm off to enjoy some Tea!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits