by K Neill Foster
for November 18, 2017
|November and Yes-vember|
Text: "We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him" Acts 5:32.
A two-year-old named Freddie once heard a word he had never before heard--it was November. Being at the terrible-two stage of life, he responded immediately and somewhat predictably: "Yes-vember! Yes-vember!" His parents naturally pressed the truth upon his contrariness.
Obedience is not a pervasive character trait of the human personality. Rather, contrariness, rebellion and disobedience are often the evidences of human depravity. A two-year-old insisting on Yes-vember instead of November is wholly human, wholly wrong and ultimately, wholly at odds with the Person we know in Scripture as the Holy Spirit.
Obedience is learned. Obedience to the Holy Spirit is guided by the Word of God and taught by the Holy Spirit Himself. The disciples, in the case of our text, had been filled with the dynamite of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Just a few days later, they learn that to disobey the Holy Spirit short-circuits their ministry and ends the demonstrations of supernatural power.
Alas, there are many kingdom-walkers who have never learned how vital it is for a Christian to be in constant obedience to the Spirit of God. The devil is the spirit of disobedience. No one with a disobedient heart can ever be genuinely filled with the Holy Spirit.