Are We Listening?

Pastor John Hagee said something yesterday that I loved.  He said “You will either embarrass sin or it will embarrass you.”  Joyce Meyer often speaks of “giving the devil a black eye”.   I’m not sure if this is right but often times that’s how I feel about temptation.  When the enemy tempts me, I don’t try to beat him with my own will because truth be know “I” will fail.  It’s only when I realize what Jesus has done for me and what the enemy is trying to get me to do, forsake what Jesus has done, that I have the strength to say no.  It’s kind of like choosing who you want to be “friends” with at that moment; the one who suffered and died for me and now sits at the right Hand of God who has all of the power, knowledge and wisdom to know what is best for me, Jesus Christ or the one who is out to steal, kill and destroy.  Most of us wouldn’t forsake our best friend to hang out with someone who hated us.  Why then would we forsake Jesus, who has done so much more for us?

Yesterday at church the pastor preached on the body, soul and spirit.  He gave the illustration of our body and soul being at odds with our spirit.  The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit, He is that still, small voice.  The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He does not push us to do something we don’t want to do.  It is our will, which is part of our soul, that enables us to decide what voice we want to hear.  Our will doesn’t become stronger once we are saved, it is what we do with our will, the choices we make and who we decide to listen to, that makes us stronger.  Either choice is going to make us stronger.  Either we will be stronger in God’s will or our will.  We will either have more of Him or less of Him, depending on the choice we make.  Becoming stronger in our will puts us at enmity with God.  When our carnal mind controls our will we are at enmity with God (Romans 8:7).  “…they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:8.   As a believer, we are empowered and led by the Holy Spirit when we choose to listen to His still small voice.  The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit, not our mind or our flesh.

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ” Romans 8:13-14.  As I read, study and write, then open up my “study notes” to all on the worldwide web to see, I have found the scripture that explains my feelings when faced with temptation.  I have found the words to better sum up what I have been trying to say in my laymen’s terms.  “We are debtors”, yes, I (we) are indebted to the Lord for His work on the Cross.  I am indebted to Him for reconciling me with God, for enabling me to receive His grace daily and for  allowing me to know that every morning  when I awake, His grace is sufficient to see me through the day. 

In order for us to have the victorious life God has promised us, we must allow the Holy Spirit to be fully operational in our life.  As much as I try to be a willing vessel for the Lord to use, there are still things in my life that I try to handle through my self will.  I don’t mean just some time either, quite often this happens actually.  This is yet another reason why I am so thankful for God’s longsuffering.  His longsuffering is not only for the sinners but for the saints as well; the saints are not perfected yet either.  God knows our heart and we know our decision we have to make; the voice we are going to hear.

As debtors to Jesus, I pray we all hear what the Holy Spirit is witnessing to our spirit and choose His will.  I pray we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and understanding.  It is only through His empowerment that we will have strength to overcome.  By not allowing Him, the Holy Spirit, to be fully operational in our lives we are limiting Him.  Many times we fuss about churches quenching the Spirit due to time restraints, etc. but are we not quenching the Spirit in our own lives when we don’t listen to His still, small voice?  “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” John 10:27.  His voice will guide us and we follow Him.  The sheep don’t fight the wolf because the sheep would lose.  The Shepherd fights the wolf.  Listen to His voice, allow Him to beat the wolf; allow Him to embarrass the wolf.  Allow the Holy Spirit to be fully operational.  Don’t let our body and soul be so noisy we don’t hear what the Lord is saying to our spirit.  -Donna Warren

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