2 Timothy 3:5
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Are you living a life God can use to bring conviction?
When you live a life that glorifies God, those who are unsaved recognize it and respect you for it. They will say “I’m sorry” when they curse around you and that kind of thing. However, it is different with “church People” It can be like walking through a military mine field when you have to deal with people who want you to believe they are spiritual when they are not. What they really are is religious. This is great training!
Religious people say hallelujah at the right time. They can hold their hands up in the right way. They have the right expression on their faces when the word is being preached, or a song is being sung. But there is no power in their lives. You should not desire to be a part of their circle, no matter how influential or powerful their circle is. Also, before you step over into judgement, your only task is to live before them. You are not to engage in “instructional conversations”
Titus 3:8-9 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. 9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. (NKJV)
Simply allow God to be God in your life as you interact with them. Whether they are a member of the church you attend, your prayer group or on your job; verbal conversation is not the way to reach them unless it is a God-ordained encounter. Let your light shine in your walk, your talk and your responses to situations. Allow God to bring conviction. He is the only One who can bring them to a true and real relationship with Him.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I thank You for the people You have allowed to be a part of my life that test my relationship with You. Thank you for showing me it is not my job to correct them. It is not my responsibility to engage in conversations that lead to debate. I repent for walking down that path more than once or twice. Thank you for correcting me and showing me Your way of living. I want to be spiritual and not religious. I know I will have to make more sacrifices, give up connections, and sometimes walk alone. I know I will have to examine myself every day to be sure my love for You is pure. I thank You for every opportunity You give me to see who I am. Sometimes those opportunities are painful, but I know they are necessary. My prayer is for everyone to see You when they look at me. I want to live so they see Your power and recognize Your undeniable anointing on my life. I pray, Father, that those who I encounter would be drawn to a place where they seek You even more. Thank You for each God ordained moment in my life where I learn who I am, grow into the person You have called me to be, and to live a life that mirrors You…