MONDAY July 9, 2018
God is not the Author of Confusion
For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:31-33
Underline this important verse. It states that God is not the author of confusion. There is order in every believer’s life, and they are in complete control. The Spirit of God did not suddenly take them over and cause them to speak in tongues in public. There is no possible way that a believer can say, “God made me do it.”
Paul taught that everyone was in submission to the prophet. So in every church there was order. Disorder brings confusion. That is why Paul rebuked the Corinthians, because they were out of order in the Church. God is a God of order, not confusion. The Corinthians needed to know God’s Word intimately, as well as Jesus Christ Himself.
On one occasion, Chuck Smith told me he had studied the Bible all Saturday night in preparing a message. The Lord changed his message in the morning, and it flowed even better. It is important to understand that you cannot become so inflexible; you have to be open to the Holy Spirit’s leading––giving a message is not just academic.
Pastors and teachers can sometimes get in a box, and they do not allow the Holy Spirit to operate. So what do they do? They grieve the Holy Spirit and do not allow Him to move the way He wants to move.
Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.
~Corrie Ten Boom~
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