Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of one.
Ecclesiastes 12v11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails-given by one Shepherd.
The goads of a shepherd are when the shepherd would jab or poke at the sheep to get the sheep to move in the direction the shepherd wanted them to go. Once we only listen to Jesus Christ we too are given in our hearts through the Holy Spirit the same wise mind as Christ and want to go where ever he leads us, sometimes it is against where we want to go. We also will utter wise words of faithful instruction to lift up everyone beyond their selves and beyond their own thinking when Christ speaks through us for others and bring them back on the path the Shepherd wants them to follow. We all listen to ONE Shepherd leading us with the goads of instruction and they become in bedded in us like nails. When you have truly given your life to Christ and want to please the Spirit of truth that is living within you it will be hard to go against the goads of Christ. God's word in Ecclesiastes tells us to be warned against any other wisdom other than the wisdom given to us when we have faith in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. The wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit is not something we would be thinking naturally it is a gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ making you who you truly are. These words of wisdom will take us well beyond who we think we are moving close to the image of Christ every day by doing His will in our lives. Paul was one to know of these goads pressing Him to change from who He was into who God wanted him to be. Paul himself was convinced he was living the right way until he was face to face with Christ. (Acts 26v14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads'.) As it was for Paul to only listen to the wisdom given to Him by Christ we too are only to listen to the wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit which is the same wisdom Christ had in Him. Our only duty is to listen and have faith in what the Spirit says to us through His wisdom. He will always lead us in the direction to go in all we have to do is listen through the many ways He talks to us, through His word, His Spirit within us, dreams and visions, or other people with His wisdom that have faith in His love and know Him as we do.
(Luke 9v35 A voice came from the clouds, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.") I love everyone with the love God gives me for you! Read Ecclesiastes 12 and Acts 26