Prove All Things
Well I’m back from a long blog hiatus, nice to be back! I will continue sharing excerpts from the book “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves.
Rev. Phillip Martinez
Prove All Things
As you are learning to hear the Lord’s voice, you must also learn to prove (test and examine) all things:
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21).
When you hear the voice of the Lord, don’t rely on your feelings and opinions. What you hear must be in line with God’s Word and His character. The Holy Spirit will never overrule what the Word of God has spoken and declared to be true.
The following are a few ways to prove or test what you receive, or what is being said to you by others. Remember, this a learning process. Distinguishing truth will become easier as you mature spiritually, and His Word and ways become real to you. This is by no means all inclusive but a simple guide to follow, and it may help to keep you from error.
- Never look to man, but to Jesus. Never look to another person or seek words or confirmation from that individual. Many times God will use someone to confirm what He has spoken, but it will come to you unsolicited. It will be given in a manner of humility, and the person giving it will not seek self-affirmation. (See Ps. 119.1.)
- Never set a time limit. God’s time and your time are not the same. There are prophetic words in the Bible that have not yet been fulfilled, but because the Lord has spoken them, they will come to pass. When you receive something from the Lord, it will be in His timing, so don’t give up. (See 1 Chron. 17:11.12; Eccles. 3:11; Isa. 2:2; 46:10,11; Acts 7:17; 11:28; Rev. 1:1.)
- Always confirm anything you receive with the Word of God. The Lord will never tell you anything outside the bounds of His Word. Even if what you hear is exactly what you are looking for and confirms what you thought the Lord said, if it doesn’t agree with the Word of God, throw it away. It will only lead you into deception. (See 2 Tim. 3:16,17.)
- Don’t take Scriptures out of context. Look at the total meaning to avoid hurting or deceiving yourself or others. Many times people not only take Scripture out of context, but they also use Scripture in part to “confirm” what they want or make it fit their situation or circumstance. God does use Scripture to confirm, but not out of context. You must learn to judge according to the whole of Scripture. Every jot and tittle is important. (See Matt. 5:18; 2 Pet. 1:20,21.)
- What if the word you receive is in line with the Scriptures, but you don’t understand it or have a witness to it? Put it away, pray over it and let the Spirit of the Lord bring it to pass. Remember, the Lord knows the future, and that word might be exactly what you need to confirm a situation or just to let you know that you are exactly where the Lord wants you. Give it the test of time. One of the reasons for writing it down is that you will not have confusion and doubt in the days ahead.
- Don’t judge another’s word. Only God knows the thoughts and intents of a person’s heart. Many times you do not know a situation or understand the depth of what a person might be going through. What means one thing to you might mean something entirely different to the person to whom it is given. (See Prov. 14:10; Rom. 14:4; 1 Cor. ill.)
- Never let words or pictures bring you into confusion or fear. When fear or confusion set in, it is not of the Lord. God is not a God of confusion, nor does He use fear tactics to control you. (See John 14:27; Rom. 14:17; 1 Cor. 14:33; 2 Cor. 2:11; 2 Tim. 1:7.)
- Has God placed a condition on the word He gave you? “I will do this…if you will do that.” Many times God will give us promises, but we must first fulfill His conditions. (See Prov. 2:1-6; 4:4.)
more to come….
Excerpt from Chapter 5 (Understanding the Holy Spirit) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves