Yesterday I started reading in 1 Corinthians 12. The Holy Spirit stopped me at verse 3. It says, “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God called Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”
As I pondered this verse, it gave me another arrow in my gospel quiver. It is a great test. We can see fruit or no fruit in another person’s life, but only the Lord knows a heart. Many believe in God, but Jesus drew a distinction. John 14:1 says, “…you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
1 John 4:1-2 says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.”
The question becomes, ‘Is Jesus Lord in your life?’ To be Lord means that we submit to His will over ours, we acknowledge His Presence in every aspect of our lives, as well as His divine orchestration and control over all. Psalm 97:9 says, “For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.” David said it this way in Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”
David wrote Psalm Psalm 18 and Psalm 63. His words came from his heart of devotion to the Lord. Psalm 18:1-2 says, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 63:1 says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”
Psalm 42:1 was expressing the plight of a deer panting because it knew that if it couldn’t get to water it would die. It says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” Verse 2 says, “My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” When Jesus is our Lord, our heart will pant to be with Him.
In the end, all unbelievers will have to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. Philippians 2:10 says that every knee will bow. Verse 11 says, “And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”