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God or the enemy

April 21, 2008

Last night I sat with a group of friends that is struggling through some very painful issues in our church and with our pastors. Through separate issues and circumstances and for different reasons all four households are in the process of stepping away from this church. A big question loomed in the room as we talked… is this something God is doing to move us on, or is this the enemy? It could even be both.

How do we know when something is God and when something is from another source? The most important tools we have to help answer this question are God’s word and the Holy Spirit.

God’s word is the source of truth. It should be the foundation of our life, morals, values, and decisions. If we are going through something or experiencing something and know that God’s word does not support it or presents a different answer then we can be certain it is not of God. Scripture also talks of renewing our mind. It is important to renew our mind and to take on the mind of Christ. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

God also sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us and remind us of God’s heart and words. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

May you this day find a renewed mind, the comfort and direction of the counselor, and the clarity of God’s truth.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori permalink
    April 24, 2008 6:59 am

    You have to be ruled by Peace in this sort of situation. No matter what the circumstances look like, there is a still small voice, a gut-feeling that tells you, “this is what I have to do”. The Holy Spirit dwells within you – you have all the right answers within yourselves (as long as you are Believers). It is not necessarily God ‘revealing’ himself, but rather you getting in touch with the Spirit that resides within your heart. Through all of what we have been through we submitted our flesh to the will of God and prayed for God to open doors, no man could shut, and shut doors, no man could open. He was/is/will always be faithful and even when things look like they aren’t going well to YOU, just be ruled by that Peace, knowing God is the same God in the valley, that He is on the mountain.

  2. April 24, 2008 7:39 am

    Thank you for the words of peace and encouragement. Sometimes it is easy to forget about that Spirit which dwells in us during struggle. There are times we have to do things that others don’t approve of or like, but God’s word also tells us to love, seek unity, not cause discord, forgive, etc. It can be hard to do those things when circumstances seem to justify more “negative” emotions and our human responses are to defend, retaliate, run, lash out, etc. It is also hard to see others around being hurt on all sides. The enemy can gain a foothold in times like these and we need to be sure we are seeking to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.”

  3. April 29, 2008 7:08 am

    JOhn 14…Jesus talks about loving HIM and the Father, and they will come and live with us, and HE will reveal himself or show himself to you…

    thats the word of GOD..

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