In Unity is Where the Holy Spirit Operates
- Date: August 29, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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.” (Ephesians 4:29-30)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We have been talking about unity, of being in one accord, how important it is for us to come and find our place in ranking under the headship, the lordship of Jesus. He is the head of this great body, the church. We saw that anything that is done against the church is done against Him, and He takes it personally. Whenever we find ourselves being critical and defaming and causing strife and sedition and all of these different aspects that bring confusion into the church, we are sinning against His lordship. We are sinning against His sovereignty. Many of us who like to play the Holy Spirit and try to second-guess and judge other people's decisions, and put our own personal convictions on other people are saying, "The Lord is just not doing a good enough job leading them. They need my help. The Holy Spirit is not capable of revealing truth to them, so I will provide for them truth."
Many of these subtle things that take place, and we may even think we are doing good. But let me remind you that Satan is the accuser of the brethren. Whenever we find ourselves in that role, we are under the dictates, under the power of satanic wisdom and strength. The Scripture says it this way: that wisdom is earthly. Let's call it worldly. Who is the god of this world? Satan, 2 Corinthians 4. The god of this world, the wisdom of this world, has Satan as its source. It is earthly. It is sensual, and it is demonic. It is the source, then, of strife and division. We have spent a lot of time talking about that aspect.
We have seen the many negative aspects that the Holy Spirit so clearly reveals, the tragedy when strife has entered into our midst. Where there is envy and there is strife, there is bitterness. There is every evil work, the Scripture says. So we want to guard ourselves against that, to stay in harmony and in unity.
In Ephesians, we see these words, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good." Nothing corrupt, that which is good, "…to the use of edifying, that it might minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you were 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 has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:29-32).
So, what do we need to be speaking, and practically, how do we go about, then, bringing edification to the body? We are seeking, the Scripture says, to bring about edification and to minister grace one to another. Let me ask you: have you, these last days, been looking for these opportunities? We need to believe God for these opportunities. We need to be seeking actively, "How can I build somebody up? Who is it that I can lift their hands up and encourage them in the Lord?" You see, if these other aspects of relating improperly one to another grieve the Holy Spirit, how much more will the Holy Spirit be delighted when we are purposing to be in one accord and to seek edification of the body of Christ? The Holy Spirit loves that environment. He will move into those conversations. Isn't it interesting that if we will begin to minister to one another in that spirit, how many of you think, then, that maybe the gifts of the Spirit might begin to operate a little more proficiently? If we are seeking to minister kindness to a brother or sister, if we are seeking to speak edification to or about someone, do you think the possibility of a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom, supernaturally coming in and into your spirit and spoken out of your mouth might begin to effect itself more readily in that environment? That is what God is wanting to do in our midst.
Words of wisdom, words of knowledge, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, discerning of spirits, the gifts of healings, the gift of faith, those are not just things that happen in public community gatherings. Those should happen when we are dialoguing, when we are having koinonia one for another. As we are seeking edification, as we are communicating with one another, and the Word of God is alive in you, and in this communication all of a sudden, as you are sharing with them what God has been speaking to you out of His Word, and faith rises up in your heart, and you are able to pray that prayer of faith, and someone who has been praying for years is instantly healed! That is how this thing works in the Holy Spirit, the uniting of the body of Christ that Ephesians speaks of here in this same fourth chapter. He is saying, "These are the things that cause that delight of the Holy Spirit."