What have you learned from God’s Word lately? What has the Holy Spirit convicted you about recently? Often, there is a recurring theme of conviction in my life that lasts for days or weeks. Recently, the words love, forgiveness, and longsuffering have been His recurring theme for me to meditate upon. We are fighting a spiritual warfare. When we are mistreated or dealt a heavy blow, does this make void the commandments of love, forgiveness, and longsuffering? Does mistreatment justify me breaking God’s commandments? I cannot pick and choose the commandments I believe others should follow and then neglect commandments for myself. I must look at my life and ask, “Am I really yielded to God’s Commandments?”
Recently, I stepped in to exert my will in a situation instead of waiting and yielding to God’s will, and it was a mistake. I failed to yield to God’s leading and commented as to what I thought should be done. “No commenting” is a common instruction in our home to our children. When unnecessary comments are made in response to someone else, a battle of the wills often follows. I would have been wise to follow the rule myself. Proverbs 16:18-19,“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
So, if you find yourself in a similar situation of not obeying God’s commandments (I hope I’m not the only one), what can we do?
Yield to God’s Will
Jesus prayed, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Jesus completely yielded to fulfill God’s will to die for the sins of all mankind on the cross of Calvary. We were created to worship and bring glory to God. Let us first yield to His will.
Search for Commandments
God wants us to obey His commandments. www.Biblegateway.com is a great online site to do a Bible word study. What commandments or themes of conviction are being brought to your mind? Are there commandments we are neglecting to obey because we are keeping record of another’s lack of obedience? It’s easy for our flesh to fall into this trap.
Luke 6:42, “Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” Lord, forgive me for my sin in this area. Search for commandments just like Luke 6:42, and let the Holy Spirit convict your heart.
God has recently been bringing to my attention the commandments that I have failed to keep while holding on to a Pharisaical attitude. I hope I’m not the only one who would confess to that. While it is comforting to lift myself up in pride or have a pity party, I am failing to keep God’s commandments and trust in the Lord.
Matthew 23:12, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humblehimself shall be exalted.”
Love Your Enemies
Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” There is a sweet, precious release in your soul when you go to someone you’ve wronged and ask forgiveness. We all want to be forgiven, loved, respected, and cherished. Let us do that for others. Lord, help us do that for our enemies. That’s a tough one, but is it not a commandment? Don’t give up on others. Let your light shine in this dark world.
Dear friend, please peruse the following Bible commandments that have a special meaning for me. Perhaps you would dwell on them and pray for the Holy Spirit to use them if they are lacking in your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict you of areas you may have fallen short of in obedience. I pray my honesty will encourage someone else to take an honest look at their life and see if there are areas in their hearts that could be cleansed and made whole by more yielding to the commandments in the Word of God. Ask yourself, “Am I really yielded to God’s commandments?”
Proverbs 20:22, “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.”
Ephesians 4:31-32, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Philippians 2:3, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Ephesians 4:26-27, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:Neither give place to the devil.”
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Mark 11:24-25, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believethat ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Ephesians 4:2, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;”
I John 4:21 “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
II John 1:5-6, “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”
Clays Mill Road Baptist Church