August 4, 2010, "Sedition"
Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit."
~ Proverbs 15:4 ~
I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit in many areas. The one I highlight today is in regards to talking about others. The Holy Spirit was ministering to me the other day, the words whispered into my heart went something like this, "If the person you are about to speak about, if they were in the room, would you be saying what you are about to say?" The answer most of the time; ABSOLUTELY NOT! With that conviction, it stopped me. As I stopped and turned, I realized that when we go into conversations with this reminder; just imagine what awesome things we would see in building up other believers. When we realize what we say about others ~ to others, it either builds up or tears down.
This conviction reminds me of sedition. It is mentioned twice that I know of in Ezra 4:15, 19, I recommend if you haven't studied Ezra, do so, it is so amazing to study as the Holy Spirit teaches.
Sedition from what I have seen defined causes a rebellion, discontentment towards authority. Now no where that I know of does the Word of God mention an actual 'spirit of sedition'; however, we know that the sinful act of sedition in the way that it is defined is not of God. However, if we do operate in sedition, it must ONLY be utilized against the works of the flesh! We need to rebel against the flesh and the influences thereof. We must; it is mandatory to overthrow the flesh that attempts to govern us and others.
As we utilize sedition against our flesh, we must realize that our mouths are tools from God to glorify Him (Ephesians 4, Proverbs 18:21, Proverbs 15:1-4); they are not tools to glorify our itching ears of gossip or to speak harshly towards or about another...the sinful act of sedition is like a cancer; it starts with one cell and it latches onto other cells and before you know it, death is coming upon the body.
In regards to the body, we must remember that we are part of the Body of Christ Jesus. We must reveal LIFE and LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY...Jesus Christ! We must reveal HIM, not by our power or might, but by the Spirit of God. When we reveal Jesus within the Body; by default it will be revealed to the world! In order for the Light to shine the farthest; the light must shine brightest at home! (C.T. Studd's quote paraphrased). In our fellowships we must, and must being mandatory, reveal the ABUNDANT LIFE of God, we are not to reveal the decaying death of sin!
Father God, thank You Lord for equipping us with the tools to stir ourselves and others up in the faith of WHO YOU ARE and what YOU provide!!!!!