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Summary: Regardless of how much abuse the world may heap on us or how small we may seem compared to others, we are precious in the sight of God. Because of Christ, we have immeasurable worth.

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How the Holy Spirit Protects us From Manipulation

Illustration: One day, educator and comedian Sam Levinson was standing with a group of men who seemed to tower above him. Someone asked, "Sam, don’t you feel strange surrounded by so many tall people?" He replied, "Yes, I do. I feel like a dime among a lot of pennies!"

This reminded me that we who are Christians may not be very "tall" in the eyes of some, and in fact the world often looks down on us. But in God’s sight we are of great worth!

The apostle Paul wrote, "Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise" (1 Cor. 1:26-27).

We may not hold positions of prestige and power in society, but in Christ we are given a position far superior to those held by the "big shots" of this world. Because of our relationship with Christ, we have great value. Paul said in Romans 8 that "we are children of God . . . and joint heirs with Christ" (vv.16-17).

Regardless of how much abuse the world may heap on us or how small we may seem compared to others, we are precious in the sight of God. Because of Christ, we have immeasurable worth. (Our Daily Bread)

The world may discount you,but in God’s eyes you are priceless.

1. The Holy Spirit protects us from manipulators of the scripture by teaching us to be discerning of truth. Many Pharisaical leaders have learned how to use the scripture as a club to manipulate people for their own selfish gain. The Holy Spirit gives us a discerning mind to help us distinguish between truth and partial truths. Hebrews 5:14 says, "Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."

Application: Ask the Lord to help you become more discerning by obeying God rather than what men. Only gullible people fall into the trap of relying on "specially gifted leaders" who would have you rely on them for the "correct interpretation" of the Bible.

2. The Holy Spirit delivers us from selfish manipulators of scripture because He is the Master teacher of truth. Jesus said, "When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth." (John 16:13)

Application: Ask the Lord to deliver you from manipulators of the Bible by allowing the Spirit to directly teach you God’s truth.

3. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to see through the manipulative tricks of ambitious leaders. Some leaders claim that they want to keep their members "accountable". Actually, many of these leaders are mainly interested in controlling their people. Do not give into their devious attempts to put you under their control. Jesus said to the Pharisees when they tried to force Him to submit to their laws, "All of the laws of the prophets are summed up in the command, Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself."

Application: Ask the Lord to help you gain greater wisdom in being able to overcome the trickery of ambitious leaders.

4. The Holy Spirit fights the battles for those of us who are not educated as some manipulative leaders. David wrote, "The Lord protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me." (Psa. 116:6)


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