Mt 7:3-5 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
I would not be honest if I didn’t say that there have been times when I was preaching and the anointing of the Holy Spirit was strong and that I was encouraged when people were saying Amen when a particular point was made in the message. That is a good thing. It is good to encourage one another. And during those times I was greatly encouraged by those that were receiving the message and responding in that way. On the other hand, there have been times when the Holy Spirit anointing was strong and you could tell that the He was dealing with the hearts of men and women and there was a very hard silence. The Holy Spirit examination room was full as He was shining His light into the hearts of the men and women who were in the service. By the way He always shines it in the preacher first.
I have often said that Jesus who was the greatest preacher that has ever, and will ever walk the face of the earth most likely didn’t get a lot of Amens when He preached the Sermon on the Mount. I am sure that there were many and probably the majority of those that were there were in the Holy Spirit examination room that day.
As part of my prayer time recently the Holy Spirit has told me to pray through a chapter of the Sermon on the Mount each day. This moves you from the Holy Spirit examination room onto the Holy Spirit operating table.
I have had several of these operations in my journey with the Lord over the past thirty years. Unlike a medical procedure you get to be fully awake during this time. There are sometimes during this surgery that there may be some discomfort. It is not always comfortable to be told to love your enemies. It is not comfortable to be told to go the extra mile with someone that we may feel like we have gone far enough with them. It is not always comfortable to be told that we are to forgive others as we have been forgiven.
Now with that said although the surgery isn’t comfortable it is very beneficial. When I read the passage above, I am reminded that just like people that have had a medical procedure need to exercise and to perhaps go through some therapy that this is our prescription for growth and becoming more like Jesus Christ.
If I am constantly looking at the sins of others it will inhibit my growth as a Christian. Jesus is not endorsing the sins of others in this passage. He is telling us that if we are to grow and to help others that we must allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and remove those things that hinder our growth. Here is where the Holy Spirit is examining my heart. Do I form my opinions on how others look on the outside? Do I judge people by the color of their skin? Do I judge people by how they dress? Do I look down on people who may be less financially secure than me? Am I envious of those who may have more material wealth than I do? Do I grant forgiveness as quick as I desire for the Lord to forgive me? By the way that is just a few of the things that He is examining me about.
How about the Non – Christians that I am praying for to be saved? Do I pray for them out of love? Or do I pray for them because I want to prove that I am right. My prayer for all of us that desire to live in a Christian nation. And I believe that is God’s desire for all nations to be a Christian nation. Is that we would be a people that would ask the Holy Spirit to help us to live out what Jesus preached and taught in the Sermon on The Mount. I covet your prayers for that. And you have ours. I haven’t gotten there yet. But as an old friend of mine used to say, “I’ve come to far to turn back now.” Remember a successful surgery will always make the patient better. And in this surgery, we have the Great Physician working through the Holy Spirit in us. So with that said let’s rejoice that we can expect to get better as we go from the examination room to the operating table

Let us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that when You put us on the operating table that you are going to do a good thing. We thank You that the Holy Spirit examination room is not a place of condemnation, but a place that is showing us a place where the Holy Spirit is showing us an area that He wants to work in our lives. As we pray this we are reminded that He who has begun a good work in us will bring it to completion.
In Jesus Name

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