Book 'em, Dono
on 02 July 2012.

"I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

"If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit." Galatians 5:25 (NRSV)

During a salon visit, I had the opportunity to minister to a young man who had a caustic attitude toward the church and modern-day preachers. He used the age-old argument that they are crooks and hypocrites, and are money-hungry, to boot. I had to agree with him that some of them are, but I said not all of them are.

He actually was trying to sell me some ill-gotten goods -- you know what I mean. So when I wasn’t interested, he tried to justify his own sins by pointing out the sins of others.

What was encouraging to me was that when we first started conversing, he kept saying of his hustle, "I don't see nothin' wrong with it... I don't see nothin' wrong with it..." But by the time the Holy Spirit had finished, he was saying, "I know it's wrong, but..." To me, that was a milestone of progress!

My hair stylist told me that I was the only person that seemed to have gotten through to the young man. Well, it wasn't me, but the anointing of God. My heart -- God's heart -- really went out to the young man. I was concerned about his soul, not his activities, per se.

Now, I'm going to say something that some might not agree with. But after I ministered to that young man and he left the salon with what I believe was a sense of conviction, I thought to myself, "Lord, I didn't give him chapter & verse on anything! I simply stated Your Word that was in my heart. I couldn't have told him where to find some of those Scriptures if he would have asked."

I didn't even have a Bible with me, unlike my early days when I first received salvation! I used to keep a Bible in my car at all times. So I wouldn't have even been able to show him where the Scriptures were, had he asked. However, God used what was in my heart -- His Word -- which is spirit and life, to bring conviction upon the heart of that young man. And He gave me the Scriptures to share, in just the right way. Before the young man left, he conceded that not all Christian leaders are fake.

So although it would have been nice to have known chapter & verse, it was not necessary for that young man.

Truly, the power of God's Word is in the fact that He said it. We repeat it in the earth, and He anoints that. The chapter and verse designations happened LONG after He gave His Word to His people.

So am I saying that we don't need our Bibles? No, I wouldn't say anything as crazy as that. I love the Word. I love the Lord. I live by His Word..

But what I will say, however, is that as believers, sometimes we get so caught up in the "protocol" (translate that as legalism). We are so concerned about how we do things that we are not as effective as we could be if we just flowed in the Holy Spirit. That’s a tragedy. But let's strive to be led by His Spirit. Let Him be concerned about the result.