Five times in two days a statement has been revealed to me. Words given by those I know personally and words given through reading. Each statement had a similar undertone. We must be careful before speaking what we believe to be truth.
Oswald Chambers wrote, "Allow God to have complete liberty in your life when you speak. Before God’s message can liberate other people, His liberation must first be real in you. Gather your material carefully, and then allow God to “set your words on fire” for His glory."
My husband and I are attempting the "Experiencing God" study book and yesterday the topic was God takes the initiative. The study stated, "I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God." He explained often times we get a "hunch" and believe it is the Holy Spirit, we then act on that feeling, and often times it is just a feeling. We must seek the word of the Lord through prayer and make sure what we believe to be true is the same as what is written in the word.
As I listened to Matt Chandler's second sermon in the Galations series I noted the following statement:
" You and I are not apostles. No one in here gets to say, “Thus sayeth the Lord,” unless you’re opening up the Bible, reading it and saying, “Thus sayeth the Lord...” Now, let me clarify here: Do I believe that the Bible teaches that God encourages and edifies His people through words of knowledge, through visions, through dreams or through prophetic utterances? – Yes. But those words never run contrary to the Scriptures. The Scriptures become the filter by which those words are defined and clarified. So our position becomes, “I believe; I think that the Holy Spirit wants me to share this with you; it’s my understanding that, as I prayed and sought the Lord, I was to bring this before you.”
But the ultimate guide of whether or not you heard correctly is the Word of God and time. Because if you come and you say something contrary to the Word, then someone is lying, and it’s you. Or the spirit that you heard that from was not the Holy Spirit."
A similar statement was made today, by two different people who I respect and love. I am assuming the Lord is trying to reveal something to me. One of the men said this statement to me because I allow myself to believe lies. These lies are a constant part of my life and have been for as long as I can remember. A previous post discusses these lies.
It is written in Phillipians 4:8, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Before speaking to others and/or allowing myself to listen to a voice in my head I must learn to ask is it true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable?
I pray you would teach me to discern lies from truth. I thank you for those you have given to us who have Godly wisdom and their boldness in sharing with others. I especially thank you for the ones I know personally who are constantly pouring scripture into my life. I admit I often times fail to compare what I believe to be truth with your word. I ask for forgiveness and also wisdom for discerning the voice of the Holy Spirit. I want to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Most of the time I am the opposite, quick to speak and slow to listen. I ask that You would "set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" Your word says, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." Let my words glorify You. In the name of Jesus I pray . Amen.