Archive | August 2017

Intended For More Than Decor

 

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Lamps come in all different shapes and sizes. They can really add to the décor of your home, but a lamp was made for more than just a decoration. A lamp was made to light the darkness! In the middle of the night, a lamp enables you to read a book when you cannot sleep or helps you to walk through the house without stepping on something. What is the one component necessary that allows a lamp to be used for more than a decoration? ELECTRICITY!!! A lamp can sit there all day long and look pretty, but it will never be used for its full intent unless it is connected to a power source.

Christians also come in all shapes and sizes. After conversion, many allow God’s Word and the Spirit to change and clean up their lives, but never go on to be used to their full potential. God has so much more for our lives than to just become beautiful vessels. He created us to be the vessels He uses to reconcile the world to Himself and for us to be His hands and feet. Our lives are no longer our own; they are to be tools in the hands of the Creator of the universe.

In order to be more than a beautiful decoration, we have to stay plugged in to our power source, the Holy Spirit. We do not want to do things just to do things. We want to learn to listen to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. How do we do that?

  • We read God’s Word!! The Spirit uses Scripture to transform us and as a tool in His hands when working with others. Read it listening to how He wants to use it. The Bible is not just words on a page or a good book to read! It is the very word of God given to us so we can be all He has created us to be.
    • Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and shaper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    • Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Notice that the Word of God is the Spirit’s sword and not our sword. We must be very careful that we do not use God’s word to get people to do what we want or for our gain. The Spirit uses it to change the heart. People use it to get behavior to change. When the heart changes, the behavior will follow).
  • You listen to God’s still, small voice to do what He is asking and to be a tool in His hands.
    • John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
    • I John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (This is another reason to KNOW Scripture. God will NEVER have you do anything contrary to His word.)
      • If you feel something is being impressed upon your heart, ask:
        • Does it go along with God’s word and character?
        • Will God be glorified?
        • Will it bring edification?
        • An example would be if the thought to take a meal to someone who is going through a difficult time. It sure wouldn’t hurt. It would show people that God is with them in the hard times. He would be glorified and it would lift someone up during a low time.
        • For more important decisions, God can confirm (after knowing it goes along with the above) through prayer, a song, a message at church, a devotion, etc.
    • The important thing is that we get active and really think above the physical, temporal and begin to think on the spiritual, eternal.

Linda Svacha, BCBC

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