I remember speaking with an ‘apostle’ one day. We were talking about ‘hearing from God. Since being led by God is a sign of being a son of God, and one cannot be led unless they have ears to hear, this was a very important topic for me. I was very interested in hearing what this person had to say (or teach) about hearing from God.
I was with him and agreed with everything he was saying until he proclaimed, ‘I hear the audible voice of God every day.’ My spirit man screeched to a sudden halt.
Then he went on to say, ‘if someone doesn’t hear from God every day, then something is wrong with them. They’re not right with God. If you’re a prophet, you MUST hear from God…EVERY DAY.’
The Spirit of God in me immediately sent up a red flag when I heard this, so I did not receive this.
‘Man, shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…’ (Matt. 4:4)
So many in the organized, religious church system (or even those who don’t go to the I.C. but still have residue of religion on them) hold onto this mindset that if they don’t hear from God every day, then something is wrong. It is with this mindset that MANY go on the prowl for ‘a word from the Lord.’
They start stalking prophets, closely watching FB pages for a fresh revelation and word. They spend their rent money on attending the next prophetic conference. They call 20 people in one day looking for ‘a word from the Lord.’
And that is EXACTLY what the enemy is hoping you will do!
The Word does say ‘blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.’ (Matthew 5:6) But when you run behind prophecies, and this one and that one, or this conference or that conference for a word from the Lord, the enemy KNOWS very well how to sound like God, preach like God, prophesy like God, give ‘words of knowledge and wisdom’ that sound good, etc.
And what you thought was God was actually FROM THE ENEMY!
It is a greedy, insatiable and wicked generation that seeks after a sign, a wonder, a word, a revelation (Matthew 16:4)…INSTEAD OF SEEKING AFTER GOD!!!
Let me share something with you…
God may speak to you, give you a word, a revelation, a prophecy, or whatever. Then most likely, HE WILL BE SILENT for a period of time, to give YOU time to digest that Word. To chew on it. To ACT ON IT!
God will give you something and He may expect you to keep ‘feeding’ off that word for a period of time.
It is said that beef takes a minute to digest in your system. It is so thick, dense and rich a meat that it can take up to two weeks to fully process through the digestive system.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The word for useth in vs. 13 means ‘to partake of.’ To have one’s senses ‘exercised’ to discern good and evil is not something that just supernaturally just falls into one’s lap. To reap the benefits of exercise (if you are into that sort of thing), one must do it continually. There must be a history of exercise. An EXPERIENCE of exercise.
If there are no experiences, no exercises, of private study, devotion, reading of the Word, prayer, etc. on a continual basis, then your spirit man is NOT exercised-or it has not learned-how to discern what is right and what is wrong.
David said, ‘Your word I have hidden in my heart, so I won’t sin against you…’ (Psalms 119:11).
Hiding the Word in our hearts takes TIME. It comes from STUDY. It comes from shutting out distractions and digging into your word FOR YOURSELF and allowing the Holy Ghost to speak to YOU through the word.
There IS no richer, more satisfying spiritual meal than the one you have prepared yourself!
I hear people talk all the time about going to church so their pastor can ‘feed’ them. And that sounds real good, religious, pious.
The problem is that most of what’s being taught in these churches today IS rotten milk. All you mothers know what a hassle it is to have to get up every two hours to breastfeed or bottle feed the baby. We know that a baby’s appetite is insatiable-neverending-because that child is growing and needs MEAT. You keep giving milk to a 7 year old only, and I promise you, that child won’t grow and will die!
But give it meat?
Watch how strong and healthy that baby becomes!
The problem is that the organized church system is not a producer of spiritual meat. It is set up so to keep the masses babes, unskilful in the word of righteousness. Why?
SO THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY DISCERN GOOD AND EVIL!!!!
The devil does NOT want folks to discern a THING. He likes for you to keep thinking that discernment is this ethereal, invisible magic force that is given to you by the laying on of hands, or some other supernatural experience.
‘Girl, one day, prophet laid hands on me, and BAMMM! I got the gift of discernment!’
THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!
What you got was that prophet’s demons. Transference of spirits. You picked up a suspicious spirit, just like they got. But TRUE discernment you did NOT get!
Discernment is built up as you MATURE in God, as you get into HIS presence and let HIM reveal the Word to you…on a constant basis. The Spirit of God IS a teacher. He teaches you how to discern between good and evil.
And that ability does not come by osmosis or touch. That comes from your willingness to eat, digest and feast on the MEAT of the Word, on a continual basis.
And you must realize that meat takes time to go through our systems. It’s filling, stock full of protein. We won’t be hungry in two hours once we have feasted on a nice juicy steak!
If beef takes two weeks to get out of your PHYSICAL system, how much more so does the WORD OF GOD take to ‘digest?’
The prophets in the bible didn’t get visits from God every day. He didn’t speak to them every day. THAT is what that scripture means that says ‘living from EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God…’ A procession takes TIME. Just because we sit down here and ‘WAAAHHH, WAAAAHHH’ like a baby 24/7 for some milk (some ‘word’) every two hours does NOT mean God’s gonna give it to you…when YOU want it!
Babies do that.
But if you are a mature believer in God, then He expects you to patiently wait on HIM. If you’re seeking Him for some truth or revelation, or a word….then PATIENTLY do so. Patience, waiting on God, speaks to your FAITH. Without FAITH, it is impossible to please God. The answer to prayer hasn’t come yet, then WAIT ON IT. STOP stalking prophets, going broke attending prophetic conferences, staying up all hours of the night on conference calls….seeking a Word from the Lord!
Because the Spirit of Antichrist is waiting, to deceive you and give you a false word!
A religious demon is always waiting on those folks who are so super spiritual (but not really, they are just impatient!) that they always gotta have a word-EVERY DAY-from the Lord. READY to deceive and mislead!
And you would be the only one to blame, because your impatience, your seeking after a word, a sign, a wonder (without the litmus paper or testing of WAITING ON THE LORD) would have been the reason why the fake Jesus was invited to come into your heart and gave you false words, miracles, direction, prophecies, etc.
God has given us 774,746 words in the Bible.
If you’re that hungry and desperate for a ‘word,’ then crack open that bible and ask for one.
It is NOT necessary to hear the audible voice of God every day. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that it is necessary.
Stop stalking prophets for a word. Pay your rent and stop going to these fake prophetic conferences. Stop giving these master prophets your whole paychecks in promises that you will be ‘blessed.’
When God gives you a word, take your time and chew on it. Let it digest in your spirit.
If direction is given in the Word, then walk it OUT…act on it!
Let God continue to show you NEW revelation on what you perceive to be an ‘old word.’
EVERYTHING old is new….AGAIN!