This chapter ought to make us shake in our boots. Our sin nature is so strong in us that we NEED the Holy Spirit!
23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.
Whether it’s pleasure that drives a person or control, the LORD wants to save us from the devil’s traps. We are as bad as two-year-olds in a candy store; we can’t resist our impulses. How do we survive in this world?
21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
Knowing the Word of God helps us to hear the words of God when He speaks to us. The Spirit is constantly speaking to our spirits. He is constantly running His words through our minds–if we will stop and listen to Him! The key is to mute our own voice in our minds so that we can “hear” Him speak to us. Godly thoughts don’t come naturally; they come from the Spirit in us.
Here are some things that He will say to us (from Colossians 3:1-17):
“I have raised you from death with Me, and part of you is seated with me in heaven; therefore, set your heart on My things and what I want for you.”
“Let go of the things of this earth and focus on what I have for you both in the immediate future and in the age to come.”
“You are now DEAD to the things of this world, but alive to ME and are hidden with Me in God.”
“When I appear, You will also appear with me in glory!”
“I am your Life.”
“Die to this way of life: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. My wrath will be poured out on those who give themselves to these things.”
“There are deeper things I want to help rid you, things from your old life and ways: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. These should not come from your heart or your lips.”
“Let truth be the only thing that comes from your mouth as you put off your old self with its ungodly practices and put on your NEW SELF, which is constantly being renewed in your experiential knowledge of ME. I AM renewing you daily, hourly, minutely!”
“You are one with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You are all My family. Let me be your all in all as I bind your hearts together in My love.”
“I love you dearly and have chosen you; therefore, clothe yourself with My compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
“Just as I bear with you, bear with others and forgive them for everything. Forgive them as I have forgiven you: Completely and forever.”
“Be like me by putting on My love, which binds you all together in perfect unity.”
“Let My peace rule in your heart; I have called you to this peace. You may thank me for it. A thankful heart is easy to bless.”
“Let My message dig down deep and dwell in you richly; teach and admonish others with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to the Father with gratitude in your heart. Do this and you will experience HEAVEN!”
“As we walk through life together, may each word and deed be done in My name, My power, and on My command. You will thank Me for it.”
Dear Lord Jesus, may You whisper these verses to me all the time! I sure need them. I promise to give You thanks and to have a grateful heart. Make me like You, Lord Jesus. Amen.B