Focus: Psalms 141:3-4 - KJV
3. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. 4. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Most horses are wild and not easily rideable. When however, they are tamed and cultured, they are made rideable and the owners prepare bridles with bits for the mouth, so that it may be controlled to obey the dictates and direction of the owner. In the same vein, even though the Lord would not treat us as horses for as long as we remain obedient, every believer is like a horse for the Lord to ride to where He wants the believer to head to; for the believer’s body is said to be the temple of the Holy Ghost that dwells in him. This means, the Lord dwells in him and he carries the Lord about just like the horse carries its master. Like the horse, the believer needs a bridle to gag his mouth from uttering what the Lord does not permit; and a bit with which the horse is steered in the direction his lord prefers. As the horse obeys the directives of the master, it seldom gets whipped by him, either for inadequate speed or wrong direction. In the same vein, the believer that heeds the direction of God, is free from fierce chastisement or whipping.
A classical biblical example that comes to mind is the case of Balaam and his ass. For all the years Balaam had used the ass, it obeyed his dictates and therefore needed not be chastised sore. One day however, the ass refused to be steered in the direction its master wanted and it got the beating of its life. So is the believer who fails to yield the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit that dwells in him. As he refuses to yield, the devil hurts him when he leaves the path of God. That is painful an experience both for the horse and the rider, in case of the believer. In another vein, Balaam’s ass refused to go the way he was directing it when it saw an angel with the sword of fire standing before it. This can also be equated with the believer who refuses to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit but yields that of his flesh to take the temple of the Holy Ghost into wrong destination: when he does, the angel with the sword of fire can confront him and make life and movement difficult.
Let us ponder our situations as the Lord’s horse(s) for a moment: are we being whipped by the Lord that we may heed His speed requirement or directional instruction? Or is it that we are dishonoring God like Balaam and therefore we are being walayed by the angel with the sword of fire? If we take time to verify, we may just find the solution to that present situation, in this analogy. As the Lord’s horse, we are expected to heed the bridling of our mouths and therefore, take our mouths out of frivolous talks and unnecessary speeches. We are equally expected to obey the voice of our Lord and not be found where He does not approve.
SOLUTION: Let us submit completely unto the lordship of Jesus Christ so that through Him, we may be in-dwelled by the Holy Spirit, and thenceforth, obey the leading of the Spirit so as to remain in the line to the place of glory.
Please pray: Father, let your Holy Spirit continue to dwell in my body and let me forever be obedient to His leading, never to offend you in Jesus’ name. Wherever I may have veered from the path He led me in the past, please help to put me back in line by your comforting rod and staff, in Jesus’ name.
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