My job requires that I talk to a lot of people. They tell me their salvation stories, and their healing stories, and their financial breakthrough stories. One day as I was praying over the tasks I needed to complete for the day, the Lord spoke to me about those conversations. He said, “Do not get distracted by the words you are hearing. Seek the spirit from which the words come.” I did not realize the meaning of that message until the next day. The next day during a conversation with a gentleman I had never met, I noticed that though he never said anything that was bad, or wrong I suddenly became aware of his spirit. This awareness made me feel very uncomfortable. He had a friendly posture, and demeanor, but his spirit did not line-up with the words he was saying. His words were friendly, but his spirit was not. Since the Lord had already told me to seek the spirit from which the words were coming, I immediately knew that I did not want to do business with him.
Seeking the spirit was very important guidance. It’s very easy to get distracted or caught up when someone is telling you about how they got saved, or about a miracle that the Lord performed. You can easily get caught up in the excitement of the story. It’s not like when you speak with a used car salesman. We tend to walk in prepared for battle. We walk in prepared for them to throw curves at us to get us to buy something that we don’t need. We don’t always expect it when someone is talking about the Lord.
Recently the Lord helped me learn the importance of his message in a very personal way. Someone at work did something that offended me, and I began to struggle with my flesh. My flesh wanted to go to the person and ask them why they did what they did. I had never said anything or done anything to harm them, why did they disrespect me? I wanted them to know I was hurt and did not deserve it. Over a period of about two days, I struggled with my feelings. When I saw this person, I was not my usual jovial self. I didn’t say anything to them because I knew my response or reaction would not come out right. I did not want to treat evil with evil, so I had to figure out how to get past those feelings.
I knew that as long as I was offended, I would not be able to hear the Lord as he guided and directed me through each day. As I struggled with my anger, I remembered the Lords recent guidance. He said, “Do not get distracted by the words you are hearing. Seek the spirit from which the words come.” Suddenly I stopped dead in my tracks. The Lord showed me this person’s spirit. This person tried to help a friend and in the process they unknowingly hurt me. They made a selfish decision on behalf of a friend that ended up falling on my lap and upsetting me. Once I realized that their intent was not to disrespect me I was able to move forward. Praise God! Since then I try to seek the spirit in all my conversations.