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How The Holy Spirit Protects Us From People Who Would Use the Scriptures for Their Selfish Ambitions
8. The Holy Spirit uses Godly people like Paul, the apostle, to confront phony leaders. Dr. Luke wrote, "Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas the sorcerer and said, "You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? How the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun." (Acts 13:9-11) Ask the Lord to use courageous people of God to publicly confront phony spiritual manipulators.
9. The Holy Spirit convicts, chastens and bring shame to Pharisaical leaders who try to use the Bible to protect their image. Jesus said to the Pharisees, "You are those who try to justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in the sight of God." (Luke 16:15) Ask the Lord to put great pressure on Pharisaical leaders using His own timing, methods and will.
10. The Holy Spirit corrects Pharisaical manipulators of scripture when they try to use a distorted doctrine to advance their purposes. Solomon wrote, "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling." Jesus detested how the Pharisees tried to distort scripture for their own selfish motives. Jesus said, "But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: "Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban (that is, a gift devoted to God). Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition." (Mark 7:11,12) Ask the Lord to use the power of the Spirit to correct any distorted doctrinal truth. He is the best teacher, rebuker, corrector and trainer for righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16,17)
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