Seek God Elsewhere… Be Deceived

Friends,
I find it strange and sad that many modern church leaders are not teaching that in order to find the Lord, we must seek Him through His Word. They are emphasizing being taught by the Spirit, but not by the Word. No, the Holy Spirit USES the WORD OF GOD. Otherwise, in trying to seek God, we open ourselves up to counterfeit spirits –which we all know are working overtime today (1 Tim. 4:1) –especially in the church where spirituality is most accepted. Scripture tells us to meditate on the Word day and night. (For example in Josh. 1:8 & Ps. 1:1,2, not to mention what Ps. 119:11,105,133 all say –and elsewhere.) Ps. 119:72 says, “The law of Thy mouth [that means Scripture] is more precious unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” It does not say, “The Spirit is more precious to me than…”

Many are telling us to get away, get alone, get quiet, and seek God’s voice. But “seek” where? They do not emphasize (or often do not even mention) Scripture. However, God’s Word is where we seek and find Him. It’s true we are to get alone and quietly listen to Him, but that is only partial truth. These teachers leave out a lot. For example, they rarely mention that we are first to totally repent of all known sin. If we refuse to do that, the rest of the attempt to hear from the Lord is very likely not going to happen; and if we do think we hear any peaceful words from Him, it likely is not God, but another spirit. Then, besides repentance, they also leave out that we are to carefully read God’s Word and worship Him with reverent, obedient hearts.

Suggestions that are only partial truth are dangerous. Even Catholic monks, Buddhists, and New Agers know to get alone and quiet in order to hear spiritual things. But they deviate into all sorts of false doctrines because they don’t check what they hear (and hear they do!) against the objective Word of God. Truly, I am weary of seeing that so many modern “Christians”, including even the under-shepherds of God’s flock, cannot hold up the Bible and say, “Here is your answer. God speaks through this.”

Only the Lord knows of all the masses that are left in the dark by the careless suggestions and teachings of those who do not walk whole-heartedly with the Lord, though pretend they do. Indeed, I just weep at the ignorance of the church and its leaders –for error is not a light thing, but sends people to an eternity of Hell! As “they refuse to love the truth they fall for delusions and lies, and they perish” (see 2 Thes. 2:10), taking hoards of church-goers with them! (See Matt. 7:21-23)

The answer in how to seek and find the Lord is this: Step 1. Meditate on God’s Word to get to know Him closely and hear from Him correctly. Step 2. Repent of all known sin, as the practice of the first step brings conviction.  Step 3. Glorify God and give Him thanks. (Rom. 1:21) To glorify God means with our songs of praise, our thoughts, our motives, our actions, our obedience… but it is through the Word that we learn to consistently and correctly do this. And it is through the Word that we grow in holiness and correct doctrine (1 Tim. 4:13,16 & 1 Peter 1:22 & John 17:17) so that we can thus glorify Him out of pure hearts. The Holy Spirit is only “given to those who obey Him [God]” (Acts 5:32) and He does not teach apart from His Word. (Except for rare cases –because of His mercy– such as when one has no access to Scripture; or if we want to say that creation teaches us how awesome God is –Ps. 19:1-4 & Rom. 1:19,20)

“Soak in the River”, “Soak in God’s Presence”… these are things we hear in many churches now, but they are also things promoted by mystics and the contemplative prayer enthusiasts. –By which they bring to themselves false jesuses, different spirits (2 Cor. 11:4) –who teach different gospels– and false doctrines. And worship is so much about “feeling” –ours and God’s. No, there should be no seeking about how God “really feels about us.” He is either pleased with us, or He’s not. Scripture already makes clear: He loves people, but He hates sin. We listen to Him in order to hear His will for us and to please HIM, not get gushy words from Him about ourselves. A striving after that stems from teachings of mystics and those in the prayer movement –who strongly emphasize “intimacy with God” through prayer and worship OVER Bible study. The focus is wrong. Yes, God will likely encourage us, or correct and rebuke us, or tell us to believe, have faith, courage, etc., but it’s not about His “feelings about us”. Nor is it about our feelings. We worship Him by faith and in obedience –no matter what we’re feeling.

I am also weary of those who promote the idea that we deal daily with hearing from all sorts of spirits. It’s true that we sometimes forget to adequately put on our armor (Eph. 6:12-17) –like the belt of Truth– and those fiery darts do make their way in, but it should be immediately recognized and thrown out by the power of the name of Jesus. We are expected to constantly “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16) with the assurance that 1 John 5:18 is true which says, “…the one who was born of God [the firstborn only begotten One] keeps him [we who abide in Him and His words] safe, and the evil one does not touch him.” This is speaking of sin specifically, but is it not a sin to listen to the deceiver’s side when we know how to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) by way of the objective Word of God? Jesus says in John 8:47, “He who belongs to God hears what God says.” Jesus tells us in John 10:5 that His sheep “will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Only those who are not abiding in the Vine and His words (John 15:1-7) would entertain words from the enemy. This is clearly what Jesus is saying. However, in turning away from the truth, they will fall to myths (2 Tim. 4:4), from the faith to deceptions… (Matt. 24:10,11) And again, as we know, God’s Word is Truth. “Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth.” (Jesus’ prayer in John 17:17)

Prayer is certainly good and right. However, from hearts that are already refusing to abide by the two main ways of seeking and finding God and His Spirit’s words to them, then that is a rebellious heart, and God has no obligation to answer prayers from such. He may, but only because He is so merciful. Also, in praying to God, while in continuous rebellion of any kind against Him, yet thinking He is answering, there lies a great danger of actually ending up praying to a different god.

Why are preachers of Truth not stressing the importance of reading the Word of God daily, with diligence, whole-hearted fervency, and intensity? Do they want to be worthy ambassadors for the King? Well, the main command the Lord has given His ambassadors is this: To live and proclaim His Gospel –that of repentance, forgiveness of sin, righteousness, self-control, and the Judgment (Acts 5:31 & 24:25), and to “Preach the Word.” (2 Tim. 4:2)

We find God’s will for our lives by opening up the Word and by then allowing His Spirit to speak to us out of that living, active, and judging Word of God. (Heb. 4:12) For “we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place…” (2 Peter 1:19) Verse 20 informs us that it is indeed Scripture that this refers to. So if we’d do well to pay attention to it, if it is what illuminates dark places (evil, confusion, fear, etc.), and if God says His Word is of top priority –up there with His name (Ps. 138:2), then I’d think that church leaders speaking about how to find God and His instructions, should mention it!

So, considering the enormous amount of counterfeits out there, let us all be reminded to test all things against the beautiful, perfect Scriptures we are so privileged to have.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 29, 2009.

 
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