We often convince ourselves to take a particular direction. With confidence we believe that the path we are on is the right one. Many travel down a preferred road without a thought about eternity. The Truth warns us “Push yourself through the narrow gate. For wide and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and the foolish enter the six lane highway to hell!” Those who seek the wonder of a packed stadium, or the sign in the sky of an angel, often miss the exit sign to salvation. Great speakers and singers are considered fearless people as they astonish crowds with lyrical words on great stages. Today the Wisdom in the Bible seems irrelevant to many. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Many fools hang on the words of ball players, actors and politicians while they stiff arm the many words of warning from their Creator, the Ruler of heaven and earth, Jesus Christ, the Son of God Almighty?
“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” Those who mock people of faith will one day be left behind as those who delight in God get removed before the final trumpet sounds! Who does the fool hope to impress or imitate? Their parents, their favorite rock star or maybe a pastor? We are all invited to walk with the Power of God in us and by His grace imitate Christ alone! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Eph 2:8 —To reject the GIFT of GOD, the Holy Spirit, we reject Power, Wisdom, Grace and Mercy on judgement day!
The Bible recounts the life of a man named Simon who boasted that he was great. The rich and the poor listened to his impressive words and called Simon “the Great Power of God”. People flocked to hear him speak because he performed miraculous signs and wonders of hocus-pocus! Peter and John were in the neighborhood praying and laying their hands on people who then received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Holy Spirit was given as the apostles’ laid hands on folks, Simon offered Peter and John money to buy their ability. Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that He may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Suddenly the fear of the Lord landed on Simon’s heart because he feared God’s judgement! The Girl I Was
The Spirit of God is WARNING: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 1 Timothy 4:2-4 – God’s Power is not a show! God’s Power is the Holy Spirit which infiltrates the hearts and minds of those who accept Jesus as Lord. The Holy Spirit imparts fear and trembling with a conviction! “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” The Power is the Holy Spirit! “You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” Those who become imitators of Christ in the midst of suffering, are like Paul who sang in prison for the Joy of the Lord is our strength!
My research and acquired knowledge from school or hard knocks pales in comparison to the all knowing Holy Spirit. “When you seek with a sincere heart, when you desire to know the Truth above all else, when you are ready for a supernatural change…then is when the Power of God, the Holy Spirit enters and your heart and all your selfish desires radically change.” God will hold us accountable for ALL our choices. “This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness, rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” Whatever a believer may accomplish, it is the work of the Holy Spirit in them that brings Glory to God. “If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” Oh Lord, You are all-wise, all-knowing and I can hide nothing from You. I praise You alone for Your patience and guidance along my curvy path. I confess that I have lied, cheated, and stolen the reputation of others by gossiping. Please forgive me. I give you my life and ask that You begin the work that is needed in me. When I flub up, Holy Spirit do Your job and convict me that I may quickly repent and be restored by Your mercy. ” Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” CLICK PIC view SLIDESHOW Fences and Gates
Scriptures: Matthew 7:13 * Proverbs 1:7 * Proverbs 1:22 * Acts 8:20 * 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10 * Colossians 3:12-15 *Jeremiah 29:13 * 1 Chronicles 28:9 * Thank You God for preserving us by Your living Word. AMEN