Many of us have begun to have little to no fellowship,
because we can’t find a solid piece of ground to stand on regarding
like-mindedness. The prophecy and healing bug has infected the majority. People
want to “feel” something and are driven by emotion rather than faith. There are
plenty of ear-ticklers around. One involved in one movement points at another
for the way they worship and believe. I stand to the side and don’t know which
circle to enter.
People are not under solid teaching and discipleship. They
are immature and do not know how to wield their weapons. The church isn’t
making time for God and true divine guidance. Someone else do the nitty gritty
and tell me about it.
The great clinch of all of the modern movements is that the
leaders are quite convincing and very charismatic. Perhaps they believe what
they teach. To give it an analogy, what great leaders of combat would bring out
an army with little to no training? What parent gives their child a sword or an
axe to use?
That is what the church is like today. We have a spiritual
weapon we don’t know how to use, and we are dangerous. In actuality, it is a
gift, a very precious and personal spiritual gift that God has entrusted us
with. It has a specific purpose and employment. It should be effective. When we
aren’t taught properly how to use it, and aren’t mature, it becomes a weapon.
We lack discernment. Many times, this is a method of using
the spiritual gift each one is given. But anyone can have it. How do we get it?
Paul says in Hebrews 5:12-14,” For though by
this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach
you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need
milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only
of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.But
solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained
to discern good and evil.”
Let´s break this down. First, in answer to
the above question, look closely at the passage and the answer jumps right out.
It is through the word of righteousness. This is clearly how we are told we can
become mature. Not only that, but we will then, each one, be trained to discern
good and evil. Know this verse! Put it to heart.
Do you see how Paul was rebuking the church
back then? How we romanticize the early church. And on one hand, rightly so.
They had the tough job of laying a solid foundation. On the other hand, look…
Paul says they should be able to eat the good, solid, tasty, meaty stuff. But,
no. They were still acting like babies.
Sadly, this hasn’t changed. Beloved, it is
not by some special, spiritually selected people that God is giving a revelation.
He has not taken these men in high places and given them some great wisdom or
knowledge or code.
Read it in black and white. Know this, too.
What I have in insight, you can have too. What my neighbor has in discernment,
I can have. He is not more special to God. He has simply drawn close to God,
and God has come in a rush at great speed and lengths to meet him, with great,
Paul goes on to say in Hebrews 12 that such
training and concentration can seem like punishment, but it soon begins to
yield the wonderful fruit of righteousness. Test God on His word. Move toward
Him in your studies. He will give you the understanding. Put to memory the
passages that are moving and speaking to you right now. Are there any? There
Train yourself to be discerning. Guard your
heart and your mind. Your emotions and your intellect. Be wary of all these
movements where people are telling you they have special revelation from God.
If they can’t connect it to His word, doubt them. You can have special
revelations from God according to His word, too. It is an Interstate and
fasttrack that all Believers have access to.
Written by Jori Sams