Saturday, February 14, 2015
I am extremely concerned with the present trend among believers, where regardless of what the Word of God says and despite godly counsel, "but God told me" or "I have to do what God said" has become an acceptable excuse for everything. We simply cannot dismiss God's written word and claim to have "heard" Him as a defense.
In a world of 7.2 billion people, none of us are so anointed that we should trust our own discernment even when we can't find just two or three to agree. Is there now no accountability, no correction, no filter, no standard, no measuring rod, no plumbline?
Yes, every believer should be able to hear from God. Let's not forget though, that we can all hear from our own flesh as well. We can all hear the voice of Satan too. How do you know the difference? RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. That comes through His word (John 10:5). He will never contradict Himself and He cannot lie (Titus 1:2)! He is not schizophrenic and He doesn't make special exceptions or pull favors (Romans 2:11). We must also look to one another. After all, God uses us to perfect one another (Proverbs 27:17; Ephesians 4:11-12). Godly counsel cannot be dismissed! We, as saints, need one another. We must be accountable.
NEWS FLASH: If Scriptures don't agree, and none of God's people agree, you may just be hearing the voice of the WRONG god. If you have a "word", but no power and no fruit, there's your sign! God doesn't punk His people. It could actually be YOU who is in error.
1 Peter 1:20
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation."
"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."
1 Corinthians 13:9
"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part."
1 Corinthians 14:29
"Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge."
2 Corinthians 13:1
"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
2 Timothy 4:3-4
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."