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Where Is God’s Spirit?

By David J. Smith
April 12, 2008

When an individual repents “from the heart,” is baptized, and has hands laid upon them, they are to receive the Holy Spirit as a begettal to Sonship. The Bible teaches in Galatians 5: 22-23 that there is fruit to be born. This fruit is the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ. We are to be led by the Holy Spirit into a new life of obedience and holiness.

If we are being led of the Holy Spirit, an example of how NOT to act, is someone screaming, making a fool of themselves and using profanity in public, whether in front of church people or non-church people. One part of the fruit of the Spirit is SELF-CONTROL. A new person in the church, who has just received the Holy Spirit, will stumble and make mistakes for a period of time, but someone in the church 15, 20, 25, or 30 years should have developed self-control long ago.

It is sad to see the world we live in with such a lack of morals, being rude, and totally selfish. We, as Christians, are to be different. My Bible says that love suffers a long time without retaliation. My Bible also says that love is KIND – not yelling and screaming and stirring up trouble. My Bible says a Christian is not to envy or be jealous because it causes chaos and confusion in an individual’s life – OR the life of others. My Bible says love does not vaunt or lift itself up, whether in rage or just simple anger. My Bible says love does not puff oneself up over anything, much less over something that is non-sense (I Corinthians 13: 4).

We are getting to the heart and core of Christianity. I Corinthians 13: 5 says it clearly: (Love) “Does not BEHAVE itself unseemly.” Unseemly is # 808 in the Greek section of the Strong’s Concordance. It means to behave indecently. Is it indecent, by God’s Holy standard, to stir someone up to make a fool of themselves with yelling and cursing? Yes, it is!!! My Bible says in the same verse that love is NOT easily provoked.

Why would someone become provoked and carry on in an ungodly manner in public or in the midst of church people, if the true love of God is being built into them by the Holy Spirit? Why would someone fly off the handle in a loud manner when the scripture says love is not easily provoked?

It is so sad to see Christians, or professing Christians, display such conduct. No one is perfect, but there comes a time when an individual must be held accountable for his or her actions. Maybe we slip sometimes, but should the slip be repugnant to others? After all, Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.

If God hates something, can it be of the Holy Spirit? Absolutely not!!! In Proverbs 6: 16-19 it says clearly that seven things are an abomination to God. Two of those are: 1) feet that are swift to run to mischief; and 2) an individual that sows discord among brethren.

What about someone who just loves to go into a group and make a statement that he or she means to cause division among those standing there, and then just walks away to watch them argue over the statement. Would you call that mischief and sowing discord instead of producing love, harmony, and unity among brethren?

Whatever happened to the scriptures that we are to be the light of the world? Is screaming and cursing in public being a light of righteousness OR worldliness? Is sowing discord and mischief among brethren being a light or displaying worldliness?

God’s Spirit produces love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance [self-control]. Does screaming and cursing in public show the world that you have love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control? Of course not!!! It shows something is missing.

Does sowing discord and mischief show forth God’s Spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control? Then why would a Christian be involved in such conduct?

I could understand someone not having overcome such actions if they were only recently baptized – six months or even two years. They are accumulating head knowledge of the doctrines, but there comes a time when we are to go on to perfection (Hebrews 6: 1-3). Being in the church 15, 20, 25, or 30 years and still acting like the world is totally unacceptable to God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brethren, we must cleanse our hearts. This is what “putting sin out” of our lives is all about. We MUST examine ourselves to see if we are in THE faith. Screaming and cursing in public, mischief, sowing discord, or any other form of sin must be eliminated from our lives. Jesus wrote to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 and told every church to overcome OR ELSE. Can a Christian take sin lightly and expect mercy from Jesus?

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