Proverbs 16 1-16-21

Does the Spirit of God live in you? Does the Spirit of Christ speak to you all the time in your mind and conscience?

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do [all that you do], and He will establish your plans [according to His].

Jesus was very specific about sending the Holy Spirit to us. Here is what He said:

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.” John 15:26
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:13-15

These words were Jesus’ parting instructions to His disciples. It was important information! We benefit from Jesus’ promise to send the Helper. We read about it in Acts 2,

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now, let me ask again, does the Spirit of God live in you? Does the Spirit of Christ speak to you all the time in your mind and conscience? If we belong to Him and He lives in our hearts (by way of the Spirit), then He is speaking to us ALL THE TIME. If we are not hearing Him, there’s a problem on our end, not His.

Problem #1: We aren’t listening. We haven’t taken the time to learn how to hear His voice. If we want to know what God thinks about us, His world, about anything, we simply pick up His Word and read it. Yet, many Christians won’t take the time, nor will they put out the effort. They either like they way they are living, being in charge, or don’t think that they were all that bad and that they really don’t owe Jesus their lives, all of which speak of a defective relationship. I sure hope they really have a relationship with Him!

Problem #2: We have wandered so far off the path that we have begun to think like lost people again. If we are truly saved, eventually, we will come back from the far country (the Prodigal), but think of all we miss out on in the meantime. We don’t want to be this way!

Luke 5:31-32 is an invitation to be changed from the inside, to think differently. Here’s what it says in an amplified version:

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not [those who think they are spiritually] healthy who need a doctor, but [those who realize that they are] sick. 32 I have not come to call [invite] the righteous, but sinners to repentance [change their inner person by changing their allegiance from self and Satan to Jesus Christ].”

We who have trusted in Christ as our Savior have changed our allegiance; but, our decision to follow Him daily is every bit ours to make just as our decision was to be saved. Is He LORD? Then serve Him. Do we owe Him our eternal lives? Then serve Him. Are we grateful? Then serve Him. Do we love Him? THEN SERVE HIM!

Each day, we are building our world, our kingdom.
Are we building it with Christ as the center or with ourselves as the center?

Abba, I chose YOU! You are my LORD. I owe You everything. I am grateful for all You have done and for all You have promised to Your faithful ones. I want to be in that group! I love You. How may I serve You more? Better? More effectively? I fix my eyes on You, hear You, and promise to obey You. “Open my eyes that I may see beautiful truths in Your Word” (Psalm 119:18). You are my King. I will follow You. Amen.

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