Hello my friends! I know it has been way to long for you to wait for part 2 of "Does Your Opinion Count?" I will just say I haven't become as proficient in not letting things sidetrack me, as I should be. With some family needs, and the Spirit of the Lord directing us to move our life and ministry to the Nashville, TN area, well I will explain "the rest of the story" later, promise.
So anyway, here we are now with part 2. If you are new to this blog, please go back to the last blog "Does Your Opinion Count?" 2.25.13, and read the lead-in story.
The condensed version goes like this. A young man had an opinion that was not conducive to where, and what he was trying to do, and he felt that we should change our rules to suit his way of thinking no matter what the outcome may have been and was very stubborn about it. I then shared some Biblical situations that showed this young man was not alone in his thinking. Even in the Old Testament times, people had opinions that were not in line with what God had set in motion and they paid the price for their self-opinionated life actions.
Let's take a look at what happened to the first King of Israel young Saul, as described in the story we find in I Samuel 13. Samuel the prophet told Saul the King, go down to Gilgal and "WAIT seven days for me to come down and I will offer the sacrifice" (because that was what the prophet does, not the King). But Saul thought, "hm-mm, the Prophet Samuel is not here when he said he would be, I guess I'm just as good as him, I'll offer the sacrifice." However, we know the opinion of the King does not trump the Word of the Lord via the prophet. Look at what happened.
he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he
had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out
to meet him, that he might greet him. And Samuel said, "What have you
done?" Saul said, "When I
saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within
the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Mishmash,
then I said, 'The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have
not made supplication to the Lord.' Therefore I felt compelled, and offered
a burnt offering." And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done
foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He
commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel
forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for
Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be
commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded
1 Sam 13:9-14 NKJV
Saul and his lineage lost their rightful place as the Kings of Israel because he had an opinion that was contrary to that of the plan of God.
Now this is not to say we can't have our own opinions in life, however, they must be guarded and molded by wisdom and understanding of the situation, the moment, and the reasoning of the AOJ (refer back to last blog of definition of AOJ).
Or simply put, guard your heart, because out of the heart the mouth speaks.
The mouth speaks the things that are in
the heart.Matt 12:34 NCV
Now take a look at what is stated in Prov. 4:23-26 AMP
"Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright."
Now I want you to also understand that to have an opinion that is not in line with that which God wants cannot be hid from Him even if you keep it, you know, quite in your heart and not speak it out.
The Lord sees everything you do, and he
watches where you go. An evil man will be caught in his wicked ways; the
ropes of his sins will tie him up. He will die because he does not control
himself, and he will be held captive by his foolishness.
Prov. 5:21-23 NCV
So what I want to leave you with this time is this. We all have the tendency to have our own opinion. One that is tainted with the environment, the culture, and the influence of those we are exposed to in our circle of life. What our parents taught us, and what you teach to your children is vital in this development. So my friends, I challenge you, with all that you have with in you, remember this, it all must be tempered with God's Wisdom.
The greatest chapter I've found in this regard is, Proverbs 4, but if I can only give you a couple of verses, here they are. Prov. 4:5-7 NIV
"Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
Please my friend, read the rest of the chapter, copy it down, paste it in your heart and You Will Have An Opinion That Does Count!
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon and it won't be so long till the next one, promise!