9/13/2020 0 Comments
Let us have 'devotions' in our 'heart of hearts'. I do not know about you, but in 'solitude and silence', I have been hearing from the Lord, even more clearly than ever. As He has spoken, and taught me, and continues to teach me, as I am studying with Him, I have come to know what further He will have me to teach and post here.
Now, continuing from April 19, 26, 2020; May 3, 10, 2020 when we studied some 'valid' Scriptures giving each of us the 'two roads' [Matthew 7:13-14] we may be on, we began our 'D' series June 14, 2020. We have finished with the 'D', Post 2-A series, from June 28, 2020; July 12, 26; August 2, 2020.
Continuing from August 9, 2020, when we looked at 'lying wonders' in our 3-Part Post 'E' series, we saw the obvious, how very important we all need to be on our 'guard' so that we can further 'learn about God' and 'His' and 'our enemy', Satan. We shall go slowly, giving ourselves the requisite time to truly pray and study with Our Mutual Teacher, the Holy Spirit. [John 6:44]. This may very well be one of the most important set of series at this time in the 'history of man ruling without God'. Amen. Amen.
I believe this is even more timely, as we consider 'birth-pains' accelerating with 'nations rising against nations', world-wide. [Matthew 24-24; Mark 13; Luke 21.] [audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
We need to honestly and with candor see what or 'who' is really the 'motivation' behind all the 'destruction', the 'ruler of the world', Apollyon or Abaddon, the 'destroyer'. [John 14:30; 1 John 5:19; Revelation 9:11]
We learned on our August 23, 2020 post that there were instances when Jesus refused to do a miracle when it was just to demonstrate He had power, seeing that as tempting God.
God displays His power, signs, wonders and miracles for His purposes.
'Why the Holy Bible is So-o-o-o Very Important, Less Anyone Be Deceived - Bi-Monthly On-Going Devotions and Sunday Meditations, Post 'E-2' Series, August 23, 2020
Continuing today, September 13, 2020, in two parts, let us see how one of our major faults as Christians is that we tend to listen to men on certain subjects instead of referring to the Book God gave us, the Holy Bible.
We recognize that God gave us men to lead us into the truths of God, but our problem becomes who are the true men of God and who are the false ones that Christ warned us about? We, each of us, must have the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that what is being preached or taught, is in fact of God.
Sometimes we tend to evaluate men according to the size of their ministries, their popularity with men, their endowment of certain gifts, the 'robes' they present in, or just based on 'them saying' that they are from God', etc.
However, the 'true test' should be 'to test them by evaluating their fruit' according to Galatians 5:22-24,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm.
Jesus said, 'You will know them by their fruit...' Matthew 7:15-23. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm.
Not only are we to 'test' or 'try' the 'spirits in men', [1 John 4:1-2]. but we are to do the same with any supernatural manifestations that we might experience. Today, when the world is being exposed to so many false things we need to be careful not to expose our spirits to false dreams, visions, revelations, prophecies, voices, signs, miracles, wonders, etc. The Word of God definitely teaches that God can manifest Himself in any, or all, of the things just mentioned; yet we are not to accept everything that comes in the name of Jesus. We need to test or prove these also. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm.
One of Satan’s greatest devices is to counterfeit the real things of God and come to us disguised as the working of the Holy Spirit, angels of light'. [2 Corinthians 11:14] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm.
One reason some people move too quickly to accept the things they believe to be of God is that they are fearful of disobeying Him, and thereby angering Him. They do not yet understand the loving and patient nature of our Father. The Lord never minds us testing or trying things to see if He is in them. It is only when we put God on trial that we do wrong.
For example, if and when we come to Him with a humble and sincere heart, wanting to know the answer to an honest question, He is more than willing to reveal to us the truth about the matter. The only time we will not get an answer from God is when we approach Him rebelliously, demanding an answer from Him, that we want to be the answer.
Many Christians are hesitant about proving or testing things as they tend to categorize this right along with “judging,” and they have been taught they are to judge no man. Most of us are familiar with the Scripture in Matthew 7:1 that says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” If we look at only this one verse, and we are trying to judge a situation, we will feel guilty about making an evaluation.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
However, we should look at all the other Scriptures related to this one, so we know how we are to judge. Let us continue to read the rest of this Scripture: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
'For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Matthew 7:2-5 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
Therefore by 'examining all these Scriptures', we see that Jesus is not saying we are not to judge, but rather how we are to judge. We are to judge mercifully and according to the Word of God. We need to humbly submit the thing in question to the Lord and ask Him to show us if it is of Him or if the sign or wonder is from the devil. [Matthew 7:7; Mark 11:24; James 1:5-8]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
We need to go to the Word of God and seek the answer in the Bible. If the sign is from Him it will bear witness to our spirit, we who have the Spirit of Truth within us will be able to witness to and hear that truth.
[John 16:13 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm]
If we are 'uncomfortable about a sign, miracle or wonder', this could be the Holy Spirit warning us to test this thing. If a service is reduced to a circus atmosphere with weird things that don’t agree with God’s nature, His gifts and His Word, it simply isn’t our Lord. Some things just don’t pass the test. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says “Let all things be done decently and in order.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.htm
This is important and I want you to have the entire 'thoughts' without weeks in delay. Therefore, let us continue this most important conversation with a post this afternoon. Thank you for returning. Amen. Amen.
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