We do the same with any counsel or word that presents itself as being from God, but contradicts what he has said to us in his written Word. We walk with wisdom and revelation. When I hear something that seems really unwise, I test it again and again before I launch out. The flesh will try to use your "freedom" to get you to do things you shouldn't do. And now that the Enemy knows you are trying to walk with God and tune in your heart, he'll play the ventriloquist and try to deceive you there. Any "word" or suggestion that brings discouragement, condemnation, accusation -- that is not from God. Neither is confusion, nor any counsel that would lead you in your journey. Yes, of course, God needs to convict us of sin, warn us of wrong movements in the soul, discipline us for our own good -- but the voice of God is never condemning (rom 8:1), never harsh or accusing. His conviction brings a desire for repentance; Satan's accusation kills our heart (2 Cor 7:10). -- Waking the Dead, p 106.
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Testing the Spirits