I posted yet another write-up with some flack….guess I didn’t tie the two together very well, so here I am again. Let’s see how well I can get myself into trouble this time. 🙂
My first post the other day was, “Are you following the Cloud or under one?” The second was, “What difference does it make what I do or who I follow?”
Well, it makes a BIG difference what we do and who we follow. We need to be following the Holy Spirit or if we are under a cloud, this will distract us from the moving of the Spirit.
It seems in the last post I commented mostly on ‘not judging one another.’
I refered to the person who made the comment “BOTH” to my first post. Following the Cloud and under one….We can’t do both….
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
We can not do this and yet we find ourselves on the end of other people’s measuring sticks or at least we think we are…and so goes the feelings and our cloud hovers over us, dark and dreary.
We’ve let in the enemy right in our front door. We are not to live by anyones expectations but unto the Lord and His measuring stick. That measuring stick is His Word.
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
We also tend to feel as trying to measure up to others expectations, we are not doing what we ought to. Again we are opening the door for the enemy and his deception.
We are to do what we do as unto the Lord. Then leave it there.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Do what you do for the Lord and for no other reason. Yes we are asked and required to do things by others, BUT, we are to do these as if the Lord Himself were asking it of us. If they are wrong, the above verse tell us they will be held accountable. Reread it if need be to see that. It also goes for us as well.
We do have difficulties and struggle with many issues in life, but God is able to do what is right in our lives.
Psalms 138:8 (Amplified Bible)
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.
1 Peter 4:19 (Amplified Bible)
Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with God’s will must do right and commit their souls [in charge as a deposit] to the One Who created [them] and will never fail [them].
There are things you are facing and will face, but know that the Lord is with you, He will lead you as you give yourself to Him.
Be led by the Holy Spirit, Cloud that’s led the Israelites, and be not under the cloud of dread of any sort. This is a choice. Choose to be led by the Cloud of the Holy Spirit.
When the Cloud moved they moved when It stayed they stayed put…So must we be led of the Spirit in the same way. Numbers 9:20-23.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 Peter 3:15-17
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
The Lord is with you. Trust Him and let him lead you into His truth and righteousness as He leads you.
Until next time, I love you. May you continue to walk in the Hope of Christ as you receive His wonderful grace.