Little children, you can be certain that you belong to God and have conquered them, for the One who is living in you is far greater than the one who is in the world. They belong to this world and they articulate the spirit of this world, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and whoever truly knows God listens to us. Those who refuse to listen to us do not belong to God. That is how we can know the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. 1 John 4:4-6 TPT
Have you ever felt frustrated because people weren’t picking up what you were putting down? You can speak the Word of God directly out of the Bible and they just don’t see it? That’s because the spirit of deceit is alive and well in the world.
How do we deal with that? You don’t! It’s not your job to convince people you’re right and they’re wrong. It’s your job to speak what the Spirit of God says, it’s His job to open their eyes to see, their ears to hear and their heart to obey. You do your job, He will do His. Not in your timing, in His.
I was thinking about Ezekiel 37 this morning. You remember when the Lord took Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones, right? The first thing He asked was, “Can these bones live?” I’m sure Ezekiel was thinking, “Is this a trick question?” At least that’s what I’d of thought. But he answered, “Only You know, Lord!” What came next? God told Ezekiel what to speak to the dry bones.
We don’t know if the seeds we planted are still dead in the ground, but we can speak according to the Word of the Lord and those dead seeds can live again. You can’t see them, they are still in the ground. But we can speak water to the seed, sun to the seed, seed grow! Then watch and see what the Lord will do with that seed.
This means the one who plants is not anybody special, nor the one who waters, for God is the one who brings the supernatural growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7 TPT
In each circumstance, with each person, your role may be different. The Holy Spirit will show you what to do and when to do it. If you want to be productive in what you do, do it under the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. He alone knows what’s going on and what is needed. You’ll be a whole lot less frustrated if you know you’ve done what you were asked and the rest is up to Him.