Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Letter Kills But The Spirit Gives Life (Word Of Knowledge)

“There is no life in them”

I heard this word as I woke up from a dream in which I heard the scriptures in John 5:39-40 being quoted. As I meditated more on this I could understand how one could become like a Pharisee and know the scriptures backwards and forwards, quoting them from memory, but yet have hearts hard as stone and full of dead men’s bones as Jesus said.

In fact I myself could have been called a Pharisee because for eight years I called myself a Christian, went to church, paid my tithe, read the scriptures and quoted them all day long, but yet my heart was full of lust, fornication, un-cleaness, pride, arrogance, deceit, anger, and adultery. It wasn’t until I truly received the Holy Spirit of God that everything changed and the sin that I had no power to stop was finally quelled by the power of the Living God.

I have recently come to understand that it doesn’t matter how much you read the scriptures or quote them, they remain just words written in a book if you don’t have the Holy Spirit to give them life and revelation as He teaches you and guides you into all truth. Without the Holy Spirit of God abiding in the vessel we will be just like the Pharisees and Scribes, thinking that because we read, study, memorize, and agree with the scriptures that we have eternal life, but we forget that we must follow, believe, and abide in the Living Word who is Jesus Christ!

John 5:39-40

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

2nd Cor. 3:5-6

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

Love In Christ,
Tyrone