Freely Given - June 2014

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

I Corinthians 2:14

As we seek the Lord in personal and corporate worship, we should be asking God to speak to our hearts. I Corinthians 2:14 clearly teaches us that spiritual truth is only understood with the help of the Spirit of God. To receive a word from the Lord, our hearts must be open to the Holy Spirit We must approach God with a heart that desires to obey the Lord before He tells us what to do.

From the scripture we already know in a general sense where He will lead us. A disciple of Jesus Christ is one who follows Him. As His disciples, He will lead us where He went. Where did He go? To the cross. Where will He lead us? To our own crosses! Crosses that will crucify all the sinful attitudes, beliefs, fears, and actions that have held us in bondage for so many years.

Many times God will use difficult circumstances to accomplish this crucifixion. It is in these times of suffering that God can reveal to us things about ourselves that we were not ready to hear before. Only as we agree with God that these things are present in our hearts and are willing to release them to Him are we filled with the Spirit so that we can truly, "be about the Father's business." But that is really the question here isn't it?

Are we going to "be about the Father's business" ... or our own?

 

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