2 Samuel 23:2 Are You Speaking His Words?

The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2

Regardless of where one is there is always someone around who has something to say. They may talk about their day, their job, their children/grandchildren, their family, the things they are purchasing, politics or nearly anything else, but they will talk.

Some people like to quote what others have said or talked about. They will quote movies, books or speeches that they know about.

Either way they talk, they have something to say, some of value, some of little value and some even harmful.

David says that God’s Spirit spoke through him and gave him the words to say.

Talking about one’s day, the weather or even politics can have its place, but all of these things are just temporary. None of these things has a real place in eternity. New believers will often wonder what they are to talk about, especially when talking with someone still in the world as an unbeliever.

God knows what every person needs to hear at any given moment. He is willing to share what they need to hear by giving that information through His Holy Spirit. Just as God gave the prophets a word for the people in the Bible, He will give the believer a word for those around him.

The believer who is filled with the Holy Spirit and is listening will hear what God wants him to say. Along with that the believer must be reading, studying and memorizing Scriptures on a regular basis. This will allow for the Holy Spirit to bring back to remembrance what he has already been told giving him God word to speak into the lives of others.

God’s word can be on every believer’s lips. It is alive and able to change hearts and lives of people in all walks of life.

As a believer, God is ready and willing to share what He has to say to others through you. Open your heart and mind up to hearing what the Spirit is saying and then be bold and speak up at His leading.

Do not allow yourself to speak the words of the world that will only leading to disappointments and death in the end. Speak God’s word that will bring about hope and eternal life. Let God speak through you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear what the Holy Spirit has to say; that you will speak the words of God; that others will hear you speak the words of God; and that lives will be changed and drawn to God with what you say.

Judges 4:1 Returning To Evil

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, now that Ehud was dead. Judges 4:1

Having a good leader that people will follow will cause them to continue to do the right thing. Good leaders will keep others focused on the right path to walk.

Without a good leader, people will choose to do their own thing or follow just anyone. The sense of doing the right thing is often cast out or ignored. Everything becomes about what is pleasing in the moment, rather than do what is right.

After Ehud had saved the Israelites from captivity and he died, the Israelites quickly rejected God and did evil…again.

The heart of man is wicked and continues to seek wickedness as long as there is nothing pushing to focus upon God and good. Hearts will turn to evil without any motivation to turn to God and His ways of living.

It is very common for many believers to talk about worshipping and serving God when in a church setting, but almost immediately upon leaving the setting, they turn back to sin and evil. When in the private of their own home, there is no one there to lead them or keep them focused upon God. Self-pleasure rises up and the temptation to sin takes control.

Not every believer has someone who can stay with them all the time to help them stay focused upon God, but every believer does have the Holy Spirit to do that work. The Holy Spirit will guide the believer to stay focused on living for God.

However, the believer must not ignore the Holy Spirit’s direction and choose to do evil. Since the heart of man is deceitful, it only takes a moment to slip back into sin. The focus and listening to the Holy Spirit must be continual, non-stop.

The world and Satan are out to get you to ignore God and do what is evil and sinful in the eyes of God. Your heart is wicked and can easily slip back into sin and rejection of God.

Surround yourself with other believers who will lead you towards living for God and hold you accountable. Listen to and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your life to turn away and reject all sin and temptations to sin. Do not allow sin and evil to reign in or control your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will keep your eyes focused upon obeying God’s commands; that you will listen to and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life; that God will place people in your life to keep you focused upon Him; and that God will give you strength to reject evil and sinful temptations that will come against you.

Romans 8:14 Be A Child Of God

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14

Identification is very important among most people. People want others to be able to identify who they are.

It is common for people to identify others by what they do for work. Along with identifying others by their work, they will also be identified by their character and family relations. Their character shows up in how they act, think, speak and react to others and to situations in their lives.

Every person has some type of identity as to who he is and every person is different from others.

Paul points out that those who want to be children are led by God’s Spirit. Only those led by the Spirit of God are actually children of God.

Many people like to consider themselves a child of God, because confess that they believe in God. While confession is good, it is not the end-all to salvation and being a child of God.

If one truly believes in God’s word and then claims to believe in God and be His child, he will also choose to be led by God. Being led by God is more than just a confession, but it is following up with thoughts, words and actions that are God centered and controlled by Him.

While many people claim to believe in God and be a child of God, very few are actually being led by God. They allow themselves to purposefully participate in sinful activities, ignoring God’s word to their lives. They allow their short-term feelings and emotions to guide them in all of their words and actions.

Instead of allowing personal feelings to guide a believer, one must allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide him. The Holy Spirit will always lead a person to be a true child of God, not one of this world.

Jesus knew you would have struggles as to how to live for Him. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide and lead you in becoming more like Him. Jesus is God’s Son and you can be His son also.

All it takes is allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in how to be His son. Live a life that is led by the Holy Spirit and you will live a life that is different from most people. Your identity will change from one of this world, to that of God’s kingdom–His child.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead you; that you will be seen as a child of God; and that you will live as a child of God.

Fruit Of The Spirit: Love

Love on a fence

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

In the book of Galatians, Paul is talking to the church in Corinth. He is looking at a church that is being divided in what it means to be a believer in Christ. Some were stuck on the old way of doing things, such as circumcision and what is ate. Others were saying that there was freedom in Christ.

Paul points out that there are two ways to walk in this life. One is in the flesh, which is living in sin and sinful ways. The other is living by the Spirit, God’s Holy Spirit, which is living in righteousness and holiness.

Man at two paths

The challenge now comes in as to what does it look like to be holy before God. What does it look like to live a holy life or to walk by the Spirit?

Actions that occur in life have results. These results show the true nature of the action. Driving too fast around a corner will result in a crash. Telling lies will result in being untrustworthy.

Plants grow up and bear some type of fruit. It is a result of the plant growing and maturing and doing what it is supposed to do. Each plant bears fruit in accordance to what type of plant it is. An apple tree cannot bear oranges, but only apples. A pear tree cannot bear apples, but only pears. It has to keep within its own nature and what it is supposed to do.

Apple tree

Just as there a signs of what something is by its fruit or results, there are signs and results in those who are believers in Jesus Christ. Every believer will want (or should want) to live and walk as Jesus did. He was always led by the Holy Spirit in everything that He did.

Believers who are walking as Jesus did by the Holy Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit. There are results that will show when one is walking with God.

The first fruit that I will be looking at is love.

Couple on a bench

Love is something that people talk about a lot. They fall in love, they fall out of love. They love something. They love someone. They love to do certain things. And the list goes on. Yet, what is love? Is this the love Paul was talking about as a fruit of the Spirit.

To find out what love is we must look to the bible and see what its definition is. The greatest short definition of love is found in 1 John:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10 

God is love and Jesus is the exact representation of God–love. God does not just tell us that He loves us, but He shows His love for us.

It is easy to say that you love someone or something, but it is harder to prove it. It takes effort on your part to show it.

Showing effort is easy sometimes. When things that are going well for you or people are treating you well, it is easy to say that you love that something or someone.

Running stairs

The real test of your love comes when things are not going well and others are not treating you correctly. You may love your car when it is running correctly, but it is easy to begin to hate and despise it when it keeps breaking down or has faults in it. How you react to the situation or person determines if you are showing love, if you really love the person.

Most often when someone treats a person badly, the reaction is anger and striking back, retaliation. People want to get back at the person or get even with him. Does this show love?

No, it shows selfishness and hatred.

Selfish me

Selfishness is the exact opposite of love. Love is all about the other person, whereas selfishness is all about self.

Look back at the verse John wrote. God showed His love by sending His Son as a sacrifice for your sins. Love is action, not just words. It is self-sacrificing action for others. Love is putting others above yourself, your needs, wants and desires.

This is the very opposite of what the world wants and displays. The majority of the world is all about self. This even occurs when large donations are given. The donations are given for a tax break or to look good to others, not out of true love. Often the donations are given out of the abundance, not out of the limited and need, or sacrificially.

Giving blood

Sadly many in the church have fallen into the same way of thinking as the world. People do various ministries in order to look good to God or to other people. They want to be seen as holy and righteous, when in reality they are very selfish.

Showing the love God shows will often be difficult and painful. The one who shows true love will often get hurt by the ones they are showing love to. Yet, this is what God wants of the believer.

We, as believers and followers of Jesus, are to be just like God–love. We should be the embodiment of love, love incarnate.

As you are led and walking by the Holy Spirit, you will begin to show that perfect love. It may not be perfect, but it is striving towards the perfect love of God each and every day. Love will govern every thought, action and word each and every moment of every day. It will never take a day off from loving. It will never set love aside for selfish reasons or to get out of the struggle to love.

Love tiles on bible

The other benefit of showing true love is that you will not sin when showing that love. You will love God, so you will not do anything against God. You will love people, so you will never try to hurt them in any way on purpose. You will make the right choices every time, because they are motivated by love and by God’s love for you.

Seek God to reveal to you how your love life is. Is it an example of the temporary, selfish love that the world shows? Or is it the love that God has for you and this world, perfect, unselfish and self-sacrificing?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you up with His love. Allow His love to govern your every thought, action and word. Let the fruit of love be evident to every person who sees you.

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Next week I will be looking at the next fruit–joy.