Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." James 1:17
Be careful what you chase because you might catch it. Some people are chasing after the supernatural experience. May I say that many people have caught a supernatural experience only to find that it is not of God. Not everything "supernatural" is the Spirit of God.
Do you really know what you are looking for? What do you expect to receive in your next worship service? In the seminar, workshop or weekend retreat, what are you looking for? I find that in many of our sessions that people have been seeking "something" but they are not sure what it is. Don’t we all want peace? Fulfillment? Purpose? I mean, isn’t that really the longing of our hearts? Genuineness is our goal!
I find some things to be pretty much applicable in all situations. People do the best they can. I believe that. I also believe that our perspective of things often determines how we react in situations. If we see the task as overwhelming, it probably will be. If we see victory, if we see defeat...well, you see where I am going.
What you see, is generally what you get. Comedian Flip Wilson, made this line famous in his comedy character, "Geraldine"…"What you see is what you get!" Please apply the spiritual truths here and I believe it will help you to more freedom in your life.
Every gift of God is flawless. But obviously we are not. If you believe you are a prophet and the words that that you give fail … should that not be obvious to you? No variableness, neither shadow of turning. Be careful when you want to be God’s spokesperson. It is always true that several people can witness the same event and have different conclusions of what took place, especially in area of detail. Our human senses also can have varied strengths and weaknesses. The five basic senses are touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell. From these basic senses perception is formed and conclusions are reached in the brain.
I recently had a deliverance session with a man from one of our western states. He loved the Lord and desperately wanted to be free from demon spirits. He was also puzzled by some "bizarre" happenings in his life. He was very genuine in his quest for freedom. One of the many things he shared with me was seeing demons in dreams and the demons would come out of his body and stare back at him, "horrible looking creatures,’ he said. Don, I have seen them also in my house at times."
As we got into the deliverance there was a particular demon who claimed responsibility for him seeing into the spirit realm. I won’t mention the demons name, but he said, "I am in his senses and affect his perception." I find this very interesting. The very definition of perception is "the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses." Wouldn’t this be the best place to deceive us ... in our minds, our senses? Perception deception! Demons are masters of it.
You can base your decision on what others see or what God says. . .or what YOU perceive to be from God. Perception deception! Chasing after "they know not what". They strain at gnats and swallow camels. They are in all of the "new movements" the "fresh fires" "the river" … it goes on and on and not only are they duped, they become discouraged and eventually go nowhere.
I get so-called "prophetic words" in my e-mail box almost daily, the only problem is they are not prophetic at all...not only are they seldom correct, they are never correct. I wonder, why are people so attracted to this? Why do we seek after more signs from God when we don’t even honor the sign that has already been given and will be the only sign given!
Some of you reading this may fall into this category. Generally, when this happens it is because the message has gone from focus on Jesus to focus on the Holy Spirit. I believe this so grieves the Holy Spirit that permission is gained by demons to deceive and to give false gifts and to deceive even as a "false" Holy Spirit. Jesus must be the focus. Genuine Holy Spirit filling will cause you to lift up Jesus.
The Holy Spirit desires no attention, He is honored when Jesus is magnified. While every gift of God’s Holy Spirit is legitimate and valid, virtually all of them have been mimicked, mocked and "adulterated"! Do you see why Jesus called sign seekers an "adulterous" people. They have polluted the simple, powerful message of the resurrection. Don’t chase signs!
I know folks who go to every seminar and meeting held, all of the conferences and have all of the tapes and materials and can’t seem to find peace, they constantly seek, I guess, thinking some day some how, thru some speaker they will hear the "magic" words. There are no such words. God’s Word has already been spoken and the sign has already been given. The resurrection of Jesus was and is the sign.
We have not been given authority in the heavenlies . . . you cannot take back what never was yours, principalities and powers have authority because it has been given to them by the sin and disobedience of people. Get the people saved, leave the principalities alone. They have rights by the people and until the people submit we have no rights to banish these spiritual kingdoms or "take back cities or communities" … we tread on very dangerous ground when we do this.
Listen, that’s not a casual observation, it is the voice of many years of experience with this! Don’t chase signs. Don’t engage in territorial warfare. It’s not wise and it ’s not scriptural. It’s not wise because it’s not scriptural.
Why not seek Jesus. If you want to be pure in your seeking and chasing. Signs and wonders...how about signs that make you wonder. Chase Him, seek Him. The signs will follow you. Those who seek "signs and wonders" … I wonder about the wonders you seek. What sign has importance other than the death, burial and resurrection of God’s Son? May I just say in Love, don’t be seduced, don’t compromise the simple truth of God’s Word. Evil and adulterous people seek after signs...these are the Words of Jesus and they are for our admonition and spiritual safety.
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