Who Are You Fooling?

August 5, 2015
by Dawn McIlwraith

Psalm 119:106 – I've promised it once, and I'll promise it again: I will obey Your righteous regulations. (NLT)

Our prayer group prays regularly for people diagnosed as bi-polar. It is important that they take their medication regularly for the rest of their lives. When they do, they function well. They ask for prayer for relationships. They can see the problems that their medical conditions have caused. But then, they get to thinking, "I'm better", and they stop taking their meds. It's the same for those with HIV, I'm told.

At the present time, one of our friends is not taking medication. Though she assures us that she knows how to fool the health care worker, we see that she is not making rational decisions.

As I prayed this morning, my thoughts wandered. Often, we believe that we are okay. We think that we can run on residual Bible reading or residual traces of the Spirit in our lives from yesterday. If we run on residuals long enough, like our bi-polar friends, we even think that we can fool God!

But we are human, and we can't even think like God. We need the power that the Spirit provides, constantly, to even begin to look like His Son. One day, we will change permanently, but right now, we need to ask, daily, for the medication which only God can give. And it can't just sit on the bedside table or just be glanced at. It needs to be taken internally.

Luke 9:23 – Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me." (NLT)

Prayer: Father, like the psalmist, help us to promise again and again, daily, to obey Your righteous regulations, as we can do only through the power of Your Spirit. Give us Your daily bread and Your living water, for they provide us joy, light, and the power that we need to walk as Your children in this fallen world. Amen.

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Dawn McIlwraith <dawn_i@gamv.ca>
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you for today’s offering to “Daily”.


    Such a good analogy and a good reminder Dawn. Thanks for sharing.


    Well done, Dawn. Please write again. I need to learn more about the illness.


    Thanks Dawn – How true! We get our daily medication from His word. Thanks again.


    Wow Dawn,
    Thank you for your unique ministry.
    May God bless and continue to strengthen you.


    Dear Dawn,
    Thank you for your devotional. What you say is so true! May God bless you in your ministry to bi-polar people.


    Dear Dawn,
    What a beautiful rendition of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
    Thank you for blessing me today.
    (California, USA)


    Dear Dawn,
    I pray that God will bless you and all those for whom you are concerned.
    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


    One of our grandchildren is on the autism spectrum. She is very high functioning and most would not suspect she has this problem. Of course, your devotional reminded me of her situation. Right now she takes her medication with regularity but when she grows older, who knows? Your thoughts and the Psalm quoted resonated with me. Thank you.
    (Texas, USA)


    Dear Dawn: I begin each morning by reading the Devotionals and adding a prayer if I don’t ‘forget’ . However, this morning I came across your repeated use of the word residual and it made quite an impression. It would be foolish of me to try to add to your content of this morning’s Devotional. Instead, I hang my head in shame as I think of myself and so many devoted Church members who try to be ‘good’ in thought and deed, yet in truth, remain as residual Christians. Honestly, residual is the correct descriptive word we ought to make every effort to eliminate within our faith, forever and ever. Amen. Thank you Dawn.


    Thank you, Dawn for this devotional. I’ve been in distress about some things and yesterday I promised to make Him lord of my life and take one step at a time. Not let other people lay claim to my life. I am nearly 85 and I’ve been a Christian since I was a child but it’s surprising how important it is to make a daily commitment to the Lord. I am still learning and growing closer to Him.
    I received an email this morning that is an answer to my prayers and I am just overjoyed.
    Thank You for your inspirational words.


    Dear Dawn:
    Beautifully said. Thanks so much for writing about this very important part of our lives. Truly, it must be nourished daily.
    God bless you.


    Thank you for sending in this devotional.
    It was very insightful and was just what I needed to read. We must not fool around with God.
    Keep up the good work.

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