Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Test the Wind

Recently in a fellowship group we spoke about hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.

To the current-day Christian, paralyzed with the poison of religious distortion, this is still a very strange concept. How can Christ live inside of you without the anointing having to come over you from somewhere out there?

We are so often taught that God speaks to a selective few. Or that we have to wait for the anointing to come over us ... often from someone else by the laying on of hands or prayer.

Which verse I ask?

The church has become skilled at teaching a strange distant God who is fickle and moody ... a God of distance and delay. God is far and of whom no one  is able to expect what He would be doing next ... or when.


This in stark contradiction to what the Word of God teaches.

I love how Juan Carlos Ortiz says it in his book Living with Jesus Today. He says:
"In the Old Testament, they spoke more usually of anointing rather than filling. This was because the Spirit moved upon people from outside to accomplish His purposes. He only visited people. So with the old covenant, the term was anointing.
Now in the new covenant it is not a visit. He comes with all His luggage, to stay, to abide. So in the new covenant we speak of filling more than anointing. He is inside of us."
Can we discern?

The disciple who referred to Himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" explains our discernment in this regard.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of יהוה; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
By this you know the Spirit of יהוה: Every spirit that confesses that יהושע the Messiah has come in the flesh is of יהוה,
and every spirit that does not confess that יהושע the Messiah has come in the flesh is not of יהוה. And this is the spirit of the antimessiah, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1Jn 4:1-3
What is our role then?

We behave according to our discernment 

When the same disciple fell to the feet of an angel to worship him, he said to him, “See, do not do it! I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers who possess the witness of יהושע. Worship יהוה! For the witness of יהושע is the spirit of prophecy.Rev 19:10

The test is really very simple.

Beginning at Moses (Genesis) and all the prophets, it is expounded unto us all how in all the scriptures all things concerns יהושע. Luk 24:27

And so we are

When we hear this we draw near.

When we hear this we contain Him.

How is it possible?

Because He is already there. 

We have looked into the perfect law of liberty ... Jas 1:25

We sit with Him and dine with Him and fellowship with Him.

His Spirit has quickened us!

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