LISTEN TO HIM!
BY: BRENDA IMUS
Some time ago now the Lord opened my eyes to some problems in a fellowship I attended that were too deep to overlook. He suddenly caused me to see how much deception/delusion is in the so-called ‘new wine’ revival movement, which this fellowship believes in strongly. Essentially what I see believers believing is that we’re all looking for a BIG EVENT to happen, when SUDDENLY WE’RE ALL GOING TO HAVE THE POWER OF GOD.
Guess what? Only God has the power of God. He knows we’re much too fallible to be trusted with it. We have literally been listening to ‘the doctrines of demons.’ The Lord is showing me clearly that this ‘new wine’ revival is actually His way of separating the sheep from the goats. Those who listen to Him, who balance everything against the written word of God and the inward witness of the anointing within, will be led forth safely – though the delusion is strong, and will become MUCH STRONGER, they’ll come out of it.
Not so everyone. I think we’ll actually see many of these deluded people begin to perform miracles, as ‘proof’ of God’s presence among them. Those who are led out of this move will take as much truth with them – and there IS truth being revealed – as the Lord allows, and the false doctrines will fall away like yesterday’s news. You see, those who place Jesus Christ as true LORD in their hearts are protected from the enemy’s schemes. Those who do not… will pay heed to the teachers who are being raised up in this move. They will be deluded by the hidden desires of their own heart, to be powerful… anointed…’like God.’
The Lord has told me to warn people about this, but to be gentle, and not critical. Those with ears to hear, will hear – at the time appointed for them. The others are His business, not mine. I can only pray for those whom He lays on my heart. I am only too painfully aware that, but for the grace of God, I would myself still be chasing after ‘the anointing,’ rather than simply resting in Him.
Of course the ‘old move’ of God is just as bad. The dead traditionalism of the organized church is what laid the groundwork for people to be so spiritually hungry and thirsty that they would follow after anything that promised them an experience with God. Anything that is built around a particular set of doctrines, teachings – or teacher – will end up becoming filled with dead flesh. This is true whether we are speaking of the law, or of the move of the Holy Spirit through man (prophets).
Remember when John, Peter and James saw Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, and Peter was so awestruck at this new revelation of the glory of God upon Jesus and at seeing that Moses and Elijah were still alive, and could talk with Jesus? He felt this revelation was true (it was) and wanted to commemorate it by building three booths to house Jesus, Moses and Elijah. As he spoke this intention, what happened?
Matt 17:5-8: 5] While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6] And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7] And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8] And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
In effect, God the Father FORBID Peter from establishing some sort of earthly abode, which would ‘house’ the three elements of God’s plan that was revealed upon the mountain. Jesus was the link between the law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah), into this New Covenant age (grace). And WHO DID THE FATHER SAY WE MUST ‘LISTEN’ TO? Who was the only one left when the disciples looked back up? JESUS ONLY! Both the law and the prophets were gone. Only Jesus remained.
Today we still have parts of the church that want to commemorate, honor, and listen to the law (legalists). Others only want to hear the prophets’ voice (new wine). Sadly, there is a large group that professes the living Christ – but want to place Him in a nice, neat, controllable ‘booth.’ Churches, denominations and entire movements are based on the various truths and perspectives that have been revealed to these believers. Yet what does the Father say?
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him!”
Will you continually listen for – and hear – the Son, who alone is pleasing to the Father? Or will you insist that God live within a nice, neat, confining ‘booth,’ built upon the truths which He has previously established in your life? Will your life be built around various truths about Christ – or will you give up everything to have Him as your continual, active and alive guide and teacher?
Waiting, and listening,
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