If We Truly Love the Lord
by Ken Pullen
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Not long ago I had lunch with a lifelong friend and relative who happens to be a brother in Christ. He was telling me how sometimes when he is teaching a Bible class lesson he just lets things go and does not rely upon the accoutrements as a teacher in worldly pursuits would. He sometimes “wings it” having faith in the Holy Spirit to lead. He said, “I asked a minister once if he ever just wings it and let’s the Holy Spirit guide his words.”
True health, true wisdom, true understanding comes as a result of intensive and continual preparation and practice coupled with complete faith and trust in the Lord. We cannot rehearse, recite, get down by rote or note how to live nor how to believe and live filled with the Holy Spirit. Through diligent study of God’s Word and prayer we learn and grow, but real growth, true growth comes through faith. Faith cannot be rehearsed nor provided by Powerpoint presentations, computers, mobile devices nor even an old-fashioned #2 pencil and piece of paper (my personal preference I’ve used now for over 50 years without failure or waiting for a part or the power to come back on).
We talked about how I write at this point in my life. How everything begins as a seed and is watered and given light to grow by faith in the Holy Spirit. I may have a title to a poem, or a thought for a column, but I let go at the time something within me tells me to let go. I write a poem without even thinking much about what I’m writing and when I read it when completed its as if someone else wrote it. I think to myself this cannot come from me. My friend and brother knew what I meant. We both wondered why if so many profess belief they lack the faith to rely upon the Holy Spirit for the words they are to speak or write.
Then the thought came into my mind; If we truly love the Lord as we profess we do, why, then, do we so knowingly increase His burden? The prophet Jeremiah mentions often how we should never say “the burden of the Lord,” but that was in reference to the misplaced and irreverent over use by the Jews of the phrase. Perhaps burden is the wrong word – yet I wonder why we on a daily basis, apparent by our words and deeds, do not seem to think whatsoever about our grieving the Lord and being so disobedient – thus burdening the Lord our God.
We burden the Lord greatly in relying more upon this world and what we’ve been taught while in it rather than relying in faith and obedience upon the Holy Spirit of God.
I am not speaking of “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55: 22) where King David composed a psalm regarding his complaint concerning false friends.
I am speaking of we have a very clearly defined and uncompromising Word before us. Very clear on almost all instruction and teaching. Not really open for debate and diverse interpretations, and yet men make of God’s Word a continuing Tower of Babel and refuse to see clearly, understand and discern clearly, and thus walk in righteous obedience unto the Lord daily.
Oh, we think we do. Why, we say “Jesus is my Savior! I love the Lord!” and before that breath can be fully expelled we can begin doing, thinking or saying something to grieve the Holy Spirit, Christ and God.
You may not believe this, or think of the Holy Spirit in this manner, but the Holy Spirit is a clearly defined individual of the Holy Trinity. A distinct individual person which is a part of God to complete the Being of God. And as any individual would do when things are done, thought or said revealing how they are not considered, not listened to; that they are merely used or called upon or believed at certain time an individual deems, that individual will begin to shrink away. What do you think happens when we grieve the Holy Spirit? He withdraws from us and becomes smaller within us. Because we have boldly sided and served this world rather than God’s Word and we walk in disobedience to God’s Word.
Nowhere in Scripture does it say “this book is like a Chinese menu – you decide what you like and will ingest and forget the rest.”
We cannot profess with our lips and then not live according to God’s complete Living Word in our deeds. Do you not realize or believe the Lord knows every thought and motive of every person at every time?
“…Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hidden, that shall not be known. Therefore, whatever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in [private rooms] shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.”
“But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God; But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him, but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven.”
Jesus speaking in Luke 12: 1-10
Jesus began instructing the disciples and the throng which began gathering and increasing so much so that people were stepping all over each other literally, and the Lord began teaching His disciples. Earlier on a woman spoke loudly and said, “Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the breasts which nursed thee” (Luke 11: 27), but Yeshua, Christ the Lord replied to her, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11: 28).
If we truly love the Lord as we profess we do with our lips then we had better take in daily as much instruction and guidance from God’s Word as we ought to and not only read what is soothing or helps us get through our days. We ought to take the whole Word of God and through being renewed in the spirit of our minds, and relying completely in faith depend upon the Holy Spirit to increase our wisdom and understanding. To increase our discernment. To no grieve the Holy Spirit and have Him shrink away from us as we drink abundantly from the polluted and toxic waters of this world, leading to death – but we ought to continually drink of the Living Waters of Christ and the complete Word of God. Growing closer to God and the true living as an upright person in pursuit of righteousness in heart, mind and actions and not merely words or showing up for a church service once a week thinking we’re in. We’ve arrived.
No, becoming aware of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and answering the call of God to believe in and follow His Son is only the beginning.
If we truly love the Lord as we say with our lips then we must not be as the hypocrites. We must put into practice each moment God bestows air to our lungs and blood to our hearts by His will that we will bow in reverence and live in obedience to Him, to His Son, Christ the Lord and to the Holy Spirit.
We need to “wing it” in obedience placing our faith in the Holy Spirit to guide us in everything. Every thing. Each day the Lord wills and blesses us with a new day. To do any less is to live as the world lives serving who they serve. Life is nothing but a series of choices. And our choices are either the righteousness of Almighty God or the wickedness of the prince of the earth, that old dragon the devil. There are no other choices or paths to take.
Decide. Than live it. Walk it. Not just talk it