There is more to rightly dividing the Word of Truth than is casually observed.
John 6: 40 – And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which saith the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
On numerous occasions, I have heard the term “blind faith.” My friend, faith is not blind. In fact, faith, true faith, as better eyesight than an eagle, for faith sees the unseen. Still, there are many believers who read the word blindly, and hear what ministers of the Gospel say, accepting it without reservation. Jesus said we should “take heed” HOW and WHAT we hear. It is so easy for the believer to build his/her belief on statements either spoken in error or accepted without knowing contextual setting. Examine the following statements . . .
- Every word in the Scriptures is truly recorded, but not every word is true. (Samson lied at least two times to Delilah about his strength. The lie is truly recorded, but it is still a lie.)
- When reading the Scriptures, identify correctly to whom it was spoken or directed. (Not every command in Scriptures is for everyone; sometimes the Lord gave specific instructions to an individual.)
- Who said it? (Was it Father, Son, or Holy Ghost, or one of God’s anointed? Or was it Satan or one of his vessels? Often, words spoken by a man that are not doctrinally correct are recorded. To attempt to build a doctrine on that is dangerous. Example – Job saying, “The Lord has given; the Lord has taken away.” He made that statement because he believed his servant, but his servant was wrong.)
- To whom was it spoken? (Was it a command to all, to one, or a particular group?
- Is a statement given as the will of God, or does it flow from Father’s foreknowledge and come forth as a word of wisdom? (We know that God is not a destroyer and wants everyone to be saved, yet He tells us that in the last days there will be a great falling away. That doesn’t make it Father’s will. He is simply giving us warning.)
There are far more elements than I have shared that are important in making sure our understanding of the will of Father is correct. We MUST NEVER discount the direct leadership of Holy Spirit, but ALWAYS be aware that Holy Spirit will NEVER violate the integrity of the Scriptures. I shared these elements today because more and more I am hearing people who love the Lord being gravely mistaken in what they consider to be the will of the Lord, and being so causes them to lean toward saying things that would only confuse a baby Christian, or an unbeliever who may be on the verge of being saved. We truly should seek with all that is in us to be accurate in our words. Lives hang in the balance. Our words impact eternity.
Manna for Today – John 6:22-59; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5