The Finger of God

March 29, 2017

The Finger of God

Luke 11:20

But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

What is God personally touching and dealing with in your life?  Is He meddling in areas you would rather that He leave alone?   Is the Holy Spirit revealing and stirring up things that you have wanted to keep tucked away?  In the Old Testament it was the finger of God that wrote the Ten Commandment upon the stone tablets, but in the New Testament it is the same finger of God that is writing His laws upon our hearts.  The Apostle Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 3:3, “[Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” If we are the Lord’s and we truly want His highest in our lives then He is going to start dealing with our lowest.  He will deal with those base things in us that cause us to still walk after the flesh and not after the Spirit.  If we are stubborn then He may deal with us in stronger measures.  What ever it takes, we need that purification that only He can bring into our lives.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God’s Word in the hand of the Holy Spirit is bringing conviction and dealings in our lives.  He is bringing out things in us that we may not even have known were there, or attitudes and behaviors that have been quite contrary to His nature.  This is often a very painful process.

We used to go to a chiropractor that was quite good, but you would dread going to him.  He knew all the places to push where lactic acid and knots would form in your muscles.  He would put his finger in those knots to work them out and you would literally be trying to crawl off of the table.  He would keep pulling you back up there and working in all of those painful areas till they would let down and submit; only then would he be able to adjust you and bring you back into proper alignment.  That is what the finger of God is doing in our lives.  He is touching those sore spots, those tender areas where we don’t want to be touched and dealt with.  We know it is necessary, but we cringe from it and really it is our flesh that is cringing.  Our spirit man really longs for the spiritual health and well- being that comes from a properly aligned spirit and heart, but we are like the living sacrifice we are called to be in Romans 12:1, we keep wanting to crawl off of the altar.  We all want spiritual health, but are we willing to pay the price to get there?  

The holy scripture declares in Hebrews 10:12-17 concerning Jesus, “12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16″This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, 

and I will write them on their minds.” 17Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”  If Jesus has sat down till His enemies are made his footstool and we comprise the feet of Christ in the earth, then we also must see our enemies of sin and flesh be made our footstool.  We must gain the same dominion, authority and dominance over everything that is negatively affecting our lives.  The Holy Spirit through the Word of God and through His personal dealings in our lives is dealing and touching our areas of unrepented sin.  We all have those areas in our lives that we struggle with, but we must pray that the Lord will do whatever it takes in us to gain the victory and dominion over our giants.  A lot of times we would be content to coexist with them, but the Lord has given the commandment to purge the land and not compromise, for He knows that our compromise will bring defilement and defilement will again bring us under bondage.  Our flesh will do anything it takes if we will just let it live, but when we do it comes back to bite us.  Our only recourse is the cross, painful though it is.  It is death that gives place to life and death to self gives place to the life of the Spirit.  

The finger of God is writing His laws upon our hearts of flesh.  He is placing the mind and nature of Christ within us, but where the Lord is, His finger is being put upon the areas of our lives that need to come into conformity with His will and righteousness.  I would leave us with 1 Peter 5:6-11, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Blessings,

#kent

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