Part 1 of the current series dealt with prejudices and erroneous notions about what is “God’s voice” or “God’s leading.”
Part 2 of the series provided the interested non-believer with solid rational and classical philosophical grounds for understanding that mankind is indeed capable of interacting with the spiritual realm, God especially. God is interested in influencing our inner man [thoughts and our beliefs (about Him, life, self, others)].
Part 3 of “What Christians Mean by “God Said to/Told me to/Led me to…” devotes itself to presenting the means and manners by which God communicates His will to those who are reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ, as opposed to how evil spirits sometimes interact with believers and humanity in general. Part 3 comes in audio format, from a sermon presented at Lifepointe Church in Carmel, IN by Youth Pastor, Josh Riedy.
As Josh Riedy reminds us, the Bible requires us to “Test the Spirits.” Because mankind is a spiritual being, he can interact with spiritual beings (other humans, God and even foul spirits). We make suggestions to ourselves, God makes suggestion to us, and evil spirits also make suggestions to us. Therefore, we must “test the spirits” to see if they are “of God” (i.e. whether or not it is counsel sent from God, thoughts sent from or in alignment with God, or unseen spirits that are sent from God).
- Is it glorifying to God? Or, is it sinful?
- Is it in harmony with the New Testament (grace and selfless love; NT principles & expectations from God)?
- Is it edifying (building others up) or, is it self-glorifying?
- Is it hurried, rushed, and impatient?
- Am I weak to its potential to overcome me? Am I weak to its being addictive or harmful, or will it have power over me?
- Is it helpful, profitable, a good use of time, resource, money, etc.?
- Does it deal with wrong, evil, or sin properly and with hope? (i.e. confession and restoration)
- Is there truth, peace, contentment, faith, hope and love in them? (Of God)
- Or, is there worry, hurry, doubt, self-loathing, wrong desire, despair, covetousness, envy, hate, or other “dark” tendencies? (Not of God)
- Is this a nagging, bothersome thought that is grating and wearisome? (Not of God)
- Or, is this a still, quiet, “you know this is true and good,” kind of thought that “patiently” recurs until acknowledged or acted upon? (of God)
If the Counsel, Choice, Thoughts are not “of God,” then simply use the following line of truth:
“I reject that, because I prefer Jesus. May Jesus be loved and glorified in me.”
Spiritual Guidance by Revival Focus