Proverbs 21 3-21-19

We have the Holy Spirit of God in us; why do we rely on ourselves so much? Doesn’t it make sense to trust Him for insight, discernment and understanding of any given circumstance?

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the unplowed field of the wicked–produce sin.

Because of our sin nature, our default is “haughty eyes and a proud heart.” We are naturally bent toward evil. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives gives us a NEW heart and a higher calling to live for Christ. Our feelings are still part of our bodies, so they lean toward reaction; our minds are being renewed to think like Him, so we learn to respond to His leading. Left to ourselves, our pride takes over, which is why we give our lives to Him anew each morning ASAP. It’s not a salvation issue; it’s a relational issue. We will always have to work through the natural reaction before we can get to the spiritual response. Our maturity depends on how fast we can do it!

The Holy Spirit lives in us and in Him we have everything we need. HE is the KEY to our success in living a victorious Christian life. It’s not a matter of us picking the right tool or weapon to combat temptation and evil, but turning to Him and asking for what we need at the present time. For instance, when we need patience, we ask Him for it. The measure of patience that we get is according to how we have responded to His leadership concerning learning patience in the past. Have we learned to watch for unspoken, unmet, or unrealistic expectations, which cause us to be impatient? Have we learned to respond with gentleness and kindness? There are many times that He calls me to reset my attitude in the moment and “begin again” from there–often with an apology.

The Spirit grows fruit in our lives as He molds us and shapes us to be like Jesus:

For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Be sure that He WILL grow these fruit in our lives if we truly belong to Him. It’s one of the ways that we can tell if someone is really His or not: We are known by our fruit.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:15-20

Returning to our key verse, the unplowed field is what we start with when we become new Christians. An unplowed field is fallow and will naturally be taken over by weeds, thorns and thistles. We must cultivate–and KEEP cultivated– the soil of our minds by relying on the Spirit to introduce spiritual concepts as we walk with Him. He does this in four ways:

  1. Through His Word- He made sure you have a copy of His teachings. Want to get to know God? Read His Word and ask Him to teach you through it.
  2. Prayer- Communing with God is WHY we became Christians. Sin separated us, but Jesus removed the barrier between us and the Father. Live in continuous prayer. Leave that line open ALL the time.
  3. Others- Christians and non-Christians alike. The Spirit can call our attention to anything a person says or does. He particularly uses His family to grow us. Spend time with your new FAMILY.
  4. Circumstances- God will guide us through circumstances. If a door you thought was open closes, step back and check with the Spirit. He may have a new way for you.

Lots of information here. Today, let’s focus on walking in a constant state of awareness of His presence in our lives. Listen for His voice; pay attention to the tension (if something niggles at your consciousness, chances are it’s Him telling you to be careful or reconsider). Enjoy His closeness and experience His love, joy and peace–or, at least, His comfort.

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