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What Are You A Conduit For?

What Are You a Conduit For?

They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 1John 4:5 (NKJV)

I'm not attempting to insult anyone's self-esteem here, but I'd like to think that everyone of us is merely a "Hose."  No slang here - just a literal translation of a piece of rubber conduit - the kind that the water from your house flows through when you water the grass or wash the car.  The way I look at it, we are a human "hose," or "conduit" that is being used to transport things through us to other human beings.  So here is the 25-point bonus question:

Q:    What are we allowing to flow through us?

This is a solid question that each of us should reflect on throughout each day, because this is where the enemy attacks many Christians, and is very successful in getting a majority of us to stumble.  I would have to write several devotionals to try and list all of these ways, but I will refrain from doing this because they all fall into 2-groups, which are as follows:

  • Things from the enemy
  • Things from God

Things from the enemy include but are not limited to:

  • Negative things
  • Lies
  • Gossip
  • Slander
  • Backbiting
  • Ney-saying  
  • Things that tear down
  • Divisive things
  • Hurtful things
  • Un-edifying things, and more

Just think about someone complaining about the politics or economy for instance - it only takes one to start the flow of conversation, and then before you know it, there are hundreds of people complaining and grumbling about what was said.  In fact there is an old saying that speaks of this.  It goes like this:

"One dog barks at something, and a hundred bark at the bark."

The point is that anything that is coming out of our mouth that is of the enemy will be used to destroy and divide.

The things of God would be the opposite of the things listed above:
Example, it would be "Positive things," things that build others up, truthful things, encouraging things, and so on.  In fact, Philippians 4:8 list the types of things that we are to say, because they are the same types of things that we are to think upon.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

We have been told that as Christians, we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God so that we can know the things of God, and teach and share these things - these are the things that we are to be allowing to flow through our mouths.  It doesn't matter whether the world accepts what we say, or even applies what we say - what matters is that we are obedient in saying the things that God wants us to say; when He wants us to say them.

Hey Christian, we've discussed in previous devotionals that we need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ - we need to "cast down," or "throw out" those things that don't line up with what His Word tells us to do or say.   We have the ability to use our brain as a filter, and we have the Holy Spirit who guides us in everything, so we are more than amply equipped with the tools to do this properly.  We've just got to make that decision within our heart that we desire and are willing to serve God and to be the conduit for Him in sharing with others.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 4:8, what are we to fix our thoughts on?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself being sucked into conversations with others who are spewing negative things.

APPLICATION: Make a decision at the beginning of each day that you are not going to participate in any conversation that is gossipy or slanderous.  Pray quietly to the Lord each time you start a conversation - ask the Lord to give you the words that you are to share, and then be faithful to share them.  If you find that you are being caught up in a negative conversation, then find something positive to say in response.  If it continues, then excuse yourself, even if it means letting the offending person know that you would rather not be part of this type of conversation.

Father, Thank You for Your Word.  Father, Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that guides me in my actions and speaking.  Help me to continue to find positive things to say in the midst of negative conversations, and help me to be a light to those who don't know you when these conversations occur.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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