WHAT I DO
By Lahry Sibley
1 Cor 10: 15I am speaking as to intelligent (sensible) men. Think over and make up your minds [for yourselves] about what I say. [I appeal to your reason and your discernment in these matters.]
From the very first moment I began to read the Bible for instruction and guidance, the Holy Spirit began to point out to me, things that were of course true in the Word, but contrary to what religious men, denominations, etc. taught. He has ever since been faithful to do that. He expands the view, and He takes me often outside the camp of religious institution.
It is from this platform or pulpit that I write what I do. I dare not compare myself with Paul in any way, but I do connect with his heart in the above scripture. It is a key factor and motivator for doing what I do in the kingdom of God.
If ourpurpose were to make friends, truth would be extinguished. Our purpose is to get your attention, that you may look at what the Word of God actually teaches, and not what men say it teaches. Our desire is that you believe the Word, not look into the Word to support what you already believe.
If I write something that challenges you, or convicts you, I am not passing judgment on you. That conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit and I urge you to recognize it as such. If the way you live your life does not align itself with the clear instruction and sound doctrine of Gods Word, then the problem is not with the Word, or with God, or with me, or Paul. The problem is with you. And God wants you to see this by looking into the mirror of the Word.
What is a mirror? It is a device used to reflect who we are. When we look into it, we see ourselves. If Im about to go out and sing or preach, one of the last things I will do is look in a mirror to make sure I look ok (in my own eyes). If I see some dirt, I FIRST take care of the dirt, then I go out, and minister.
But the real importance is not looking into a mirror made of glass, but into the mirror of the Word. For the Word will not pacify your flesh. It lays bare, the heart of man. It circumcises the heart, so that nothing is hidden. Oh you can hide your spiritual dirt from man, but not from God.
If I go out to minister without first looking into the Word to be sure there is no spot or wrinkle, I am a man on a death mission. No matter how eloquent a message, if it is not first lived in Christ in me, it has no anointing. It will only appeal to the apostasy.
Most of what I write is driven by a desire to appeal to sensible men. I write to disturb your present lifestyle, that in doing so, you may take a look at things in the mirror previously overlooked. My prayer is that you will think over these things and properly discern them by comparing them diligently to the Sacred Scriptures and seeking God for His power to live your life completely immersed into His life, in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. That power is only found one place. At the Cross!
God is so merciful. Im living proof of that. God is soooo long suffering. Again, Im proof. God is so gracious. I lived most of my life impinging upon these unfathomable characteristics of God Himself.
But God is also faithful. He put up with me through all of my wilderness experience to bring me to the cross, where self must be put to death. I submitted to His leadership and presented myself as a living sacrifice, which I understand by faith that He has accepted. Thanks be to God.
What God desires, and what God waits for in me, He waits also for the same in you. The only thing that hinders His progress, is the choices we make.
So this is my heart. This is the ministry that He has given me. It is not something I chose to do, but instead, what I found myself doing and growing in. My passion is the Lord. His passion is you. I am a witness who has been changed by the power of God. The same power He used to change me supernaturally, He has for you. You can be a receiver of His power, by obeying Romans 12:1. I pray that you do that
.today, and every day of your life. If Jesus is not your Lord, He is not your Savior.
Talk this over with Him. Read His Word with a humble and a contrite heart. Let the mirror of His Word show you what He has desired for you to know for a very long time. Worship Him as He faithfully and completely accepts the death of your sacrifice in Christ, and graciously imparts new life into your heart and soul. To God be the glory, now and forever amen. - Lahry