And the Lord heard it...Bro. Ron Rupé
7/20/2003 11:00 AM
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Can we comprehend the reality of Christs presence with us here? When we gather together, hes here. This is true when even two or three of us get together. When we get together at the park, with family, to clean the church or mow, God is there. When two of us get together, three are there. How does he do it? Why? He gathers with us by his Spirit. He dwells in us and when we meet together we bring him with us. Christ is in our midst to: reprove us of righteousness, sin and judgment; guide us into all truth; show us things present and things to come; to provoke us to love and good works. He does this by his Spirit through us. Something else the Lord does when he gathers with us is to listen.
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Christ listens when he gathers with us. Verse 16 shows how intimate our relationship is with God. When we talk of God or think of God, God notes that we are thinking on him. God not only gives to us, but he receives from us thanks, prayer and praise. He with whom we have to do hears all things. What do we speak often about? Do we speak of good or of bad? What effect does our speech have? Is it for the worse or is it for the better? Either way, God hears it.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works This scripture encourages us to meet together often. When we meet together, were to provoke one another. We need to think about how we provoke others and how they provoke us. Is the effect of our provocation good? God wants us to have a good effect on others. This is done mostly through our words. The words we say can motivate or de-motivate. We can help or we can hurt by our words.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 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.
This has to do with our speech, and with what were provoking and administering. We are to administer grace. What are you trying to minister and what do you minister when you speak? Be careful what you say and how you say it. Do your words encourage spirituality? Do your words build faith and stir up tenderheartedness? Do your words minister bitterness, wrath, malice and clamor? Do your words stir up bad things, or do your words calm things down? Grieve not the Holy Spirit If we speak corrupt things, the Lord will be grieved by what is being ministered. He listens for good things and is sad when he hears bad things. When we think of edification, we think of it as a two party process. It can also be a three party process. Its building up others to each other both directly and indirectly.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Biting and devouring usually is to someone other than the one its about. The biting and devouring is a lust of the flesh. Be careful not to do this. Walk in the Spirit and you wont fulfill that lust. Be kind, be tenderhearted, be forgiving. People are funny, but as we enjoy one anothers oddities, make sure that its not malicious. We can maintain respect while we do it. Whats your motivation? Think about how your speech provokes someone else. Understand how the speech of others provokes you.
They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
These were provoked and under ordinary circumstances, zeal is a good thing. These were being motivated in a wrong thing. If someones influence is having a negative effect on you, why continue to give an ear to it? You can have a good emotion for a wrong reason. It could lead you to do the wrong thing.
2 Timothy 2:16-18
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Who has your ear, and how is it affecting your faith? This is where real discernment comes. If your faith is eroding, then it is wrong and the person is bad for you. This is a clue to discerning what spirit is at work. Look at the effect.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Take warning evil communications corrupt good manners. Frequent company with bad men will cause that one to fall in with them. Bad company will corrupt good morals. Dont deceive yourself. Be careful who you are spending time with and regarding. Dont think youre the exception.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Provoke one another to this charity and minister this grace to one another. Do your words encourage these graces? Do your words encourage longsuffering to others? Do we rejoice in the prosperity of others? Can we minister rejoicing? Do we envy and cause others to envy as well? Charity is not easily provoked. Too often people help others to get upset. They encourage it. Charity speculates no evil. Do we provoke others to think evil? Lets speak often to one another, but lets let it be good and minister grace to the hearers.