The Power of Our Conversation by John Belt

The Power of Our Conversation is the continuation and the second round in a series on “Restored to Intimate Life With God“.
Genesis 3:2-3
And the woman said to the serpent, ?We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the garden; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ?You will not eat of it, nor will you touch it, or else you will die.?
Continuing further in this passage from last week we see how deception is the enemies middle name. Jesus wasn?t kidding when He said, ?The devil is a liar and the father of it.?
John 8:43-44
?Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.?
Our primary focus is to be on the Lord and the things of heaven. At the same time we are not to be ?ignorant? of satan?s devices. With that we see that through the initial question the serpent gives to Eve he is trying to lure her into conversation. It is bait when he says, ?Did God really say?? He is trying to put Eve on defense, which he does successfully. The enemy wants to draw her ?offsides? into his ground where she can be penalized and proved guilty. This again is where our communication is very important to God. The Lord is after our communion. If He has our communion then He has us. In the same way, the enemy knows this so he will try to draw people into a communion with him. This is why Paul says, ?What fellowship or communion has this with that??
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
?Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion has light with darkness? What agreement has Christ with Belial? (Belial, as an epithet of Satan) Or what part has he who believes with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God.
As God has said:
?I will live in them and walk in them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.?
Therefore, ?Come out from among them and be separate,
says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.?
Paul?is saying that the two are not able to co-exist. Have you seen the ?co-exist? bumper sticker yet? It does not work in the Kingdom of God. We have to choose sides. Jesus said, ?He who is not for me is against me?.
Matthew 12:30
?He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.?
In other words, by not choosing you have already chosen your side. The devil?s goal was to draw Eve into communion. Eve could have just ignored the serpent and went the other way. We are not called to communicate with devils but cast them out. We submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, not converse. In that context we need to bring our thoughts before the Lord. Every futile, foolish thought and that is contradictory to the counsel of God given by the Holy Spirit we cast down.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
?For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.?
Eve bought into the hook, the question that the serpent asked her. By doing this she walked onto his territory through argument and defense operating on his terms independent of the Lord. In this she had essentially already eaten of the forbidden tree through conversation with the enemy.
What does this teach us? It shows us the reason we need our conversation to be of
heaven in the Holy Spirit.
? As believers in Jesus Christ we converse and commune with God who dwells inside of us in the Person of the Holy Spirit focusing our attention upward, things above. How many times do thoughts come attempting to take you down a path that you know is the wrong path? ?It could be as simple as complaining, grumbling or faultfinding. Usually people think of temptation as some big dark sin rather than the subtle luring to a different direction. For those who don?t know God these thoughts are normal life, but for those who have given their lives to God these kinds of thoughts shouldn?t be a way of life but something attempting to come from the outside in.
We want thoughts that are inspired by the Holy Spirit because we are abiding in His Presence. There is only one voice that ultimately we are called to follow, obey and give our hearts over to for inspiration and motivation. As we have our conversation, our meditation and devotion with God, His Word and truth, then He has the authority over our lives. Our time is valuable and we want to use that time as an opportunity to increase our spiritual momentum to delve deeper into the heart and purposes of God.

3 thoughts on “The Power of Our Conversation by John Belt”

  1. Great article of understanding that communicates the simplicity of our Lord and King…..our Heavenly Father. And yet, the article also gives direct insight of tools needed in building the foundation for the beginnings and continuation of a Holy Life.
    Thank you much for your insight.

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  2. Thank you for this great article. We talk about keeping our words right but thinking about communion gives such a deeper relationship.

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  3. This is God-breathed insight — it challenges me to ask, “who am I choosing to commune with, in my every thought and word? How may I choose for Christ to have even more of my thoughts and words, this day?”

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