January 10th, '17
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
ARE YOU BEING MOVED BY?
none of these things move me..." (Acts 20:24)
There are positive movings in the Bible, "the
Spirit of the Lord moved on the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2). "The Spirit
of the Lord began to move [Samson] at times in the camp of Dan" (Judges 13:25). The Bible was written by "holy men of God" who spoke and/or wrote "as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). And there are negative movings like
when Joseph's brothers, "moved with envy", sold him into Egypt (Acts 7:9) or
when the whole city of Jerusalem was moved to an uproar because Paul dared walk
into their town (Acts 21:30). Mob riots don't just happen. A spiritual force
has to move them.
What are you moved by? The flesh can't sit in peace.
It has to get up and "do something" because it is moved by anxiety, fear and
unrest, not by the Spirit of God. Paul could discern the difference. He said,
"None of these things move me", not men's threats, not the possibility of being
scourged or thrown in jail, and certainly he wasn't moved by popular opinion.
But he did know how to be moved by the Spirit. Two verses earlier he claimed,
"Behold, I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem..." (Acts 20:22)
That doesn't mean that the spirit had him all tied up, but that the impressions
in his heart were so strong that he had no choice but to yield to them. Paul's
"spirit was stirred in him, when he saw [Athens] wholly given to idolatry"
(Acts 17:16). The visual response caused an emotional response. On another occasion
"Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was
Christ" (Acts 18:5).
He felt an inner compulsion, just as Jesus did
when He "saw the multitudes, and was moved with compassion" for them. Training
your "inner man" to be moved with the movings of God is what makes for dynamic
ministry and a successful life.
The greatest moving force is love. Some are
moved by hate, by lust, by fear, by jealousy, etc. and all actions that spring
from those fountains prove to be disastrous every time. Paul countered, "For
the love of Christ constrains us..." (2 Corinthians 5:14) Notice how the
Amplified Bible translates that - "For the love of Christ controls and urges
and impels us..." Love impels, faith compels and the Spirit propels us to bless
others. And sometimes we don't sense any moving one way or the other. In those
times we need to do like Smith Wigglesworth used to say, "When the Spirit
doesn't move me, I move the Spirit". He wasn't being facetious. What he meant
was that if the gift wasn't stirring then he would take initiative to stir the
gift, which is exactly what 2 Timothy 1:6 tells us to do. Do a rapid
spell-check over your previous day. What were you moved by? Did someone get
under your skin? Did you feel moved to give that waitress a piece of your mind?
I did one time, and when I gave her a piece of my mind she also took the peace
of my heart. Wrong spirit! Pastor Haynes here in Branson used to close
services repeating, "Be led by the Holy Ghost and you'll never be led wrong".
Those are still good dismissal words. Watch what you're moved by for if you are
moved by the wrong stimulus too many times, you may end up having...to move!