God speaks to His children in many different ways. I have 5 children who are all different. To be effective as a parent, I have to communicate with each one of my children in different ways. They all have different personalities and different ways that my words affect them. In order to reach them in a way that they can understand, I have to speak in a way that each one can best receive what I have to say.
God speaks to us in ways that we can best receive His Words. As Christians, we all have varying levels of education. We’re all at different stages of spiritual development. We all have different levels of intelligence and we all are different ages chronologically speaking. Wouldn’t it be ridiculous for a 4th grader to be exposed to a college undergraduate’s lecture on physics, then leave the lecture and go out telling everyone that the lecture was totally and completely wrong because he didn’t understand it? You might say, “Well Greg, the point you’re trying to make is obvious”. Yes, but this sort of thing happens in the Body of Christ all the time.
If the man of God was willfully leading God’s people astray. Do you think that God is not capable of taking care of that situation and seeing to it that retribution comes to the wrong doer? God is well able to take care of His sheep.
Sometimes we tend to discount a word that God speaks through a person if we don’t understand it, if it’s not delivered in a way that’s easy for us to receive, or if it’s something that appears to go against what we’ve previously been taught. But then we compound things, by leaving the service and speaking negatively about the speaker and the message.
God speaks through different people to get His Word across to us
God speaks through different people to get His Word across to us. We all have our own way of receiving God’s Word. I have about 5 different bible teachers whom I receive best from. But even when it comes to my 5 preferred teachers, all of them have said things from time to time that I didn’t necessarily agree 100% with.
Maybe I’m not at the spiritual maturity level to understand or grasp the things that I didn’t agree with. Maybe the statement or subject that I didn’t agree with was a college topic when I’m only in the 4th grade spiritually speaking. Maybe the Word in that particular service was delivered in a way best suited for someone else to receive and not me. In these cases, wisdom would dictate that I take what I can use from the message and apply it to my life and I leave what I can’t use on the shelf until I’m spiritually mature enough to see, understand, and receive it.
Beware of leaving situations like the above and talking negatively about the speaker or the message. Think about this for a moment. God speaks through people to deliver His Word to mankind. Are you prepared to stand before God and explain to Him why you had disparaging words to say about a speaker He appointed who’s delivery style or subject matter you didn’t agree with?
God speaks to us, through us
In the worst case scenario, what if the man of God was willfully leading God’s people astray. Do you think that God is not capable of taking care of that situation and seeing to it that retribution comes to the wrong doer? God is well able to take care of His sheep.
But on the other hand, what if you take it upon yourself to be the official “corrector of the church” and you are mistaken in your judgment? What if, in your opinion, you’re 100% certain that what the man of God has to say is wrong, when in reality you’re the one who’s wrong? You could find yourself in a position of fighting against God (which is not a very good place to find yourself in).
I can look back on situations where I would have bet all that I had (if I were a betting man), that I was right on given situations in my life. I later found out that I was completely wrong. I’d rather not have that happen where judging and speaking against someone whom God may be using to deliver His Word is concerned.
Search the Scriptures and seek the Holy Spirit
The bible speaks about many false prophets and errant teachings appearing in the last days. I don’t by any means believe that we should be willing to accept any teaching from someone who is supposedly delivering God’s Word.
Search the scriptures and seek the Holy Spirit for validity and understanding of the truth’s being taught in these last days. If you feel in your heart that what you’re being exposed to cannot be substantiated by the scriptures, by all means get up and shake the dust off your feet and leave that place. An errant message is easily silenced if the listeners disappear.
I encourage you to allow the just judge to judge, in regard to those God speaks through. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. If you allow God to render His judgement on those who may be attempting to lead His people astray, you will avoid the consequences of having to standing before Him and explaining your possible wrong judgement of those He has chosen to speak through.
- When God Speaks (journeythruthemeadow.com)
- Tuning in to God (kingteamdad.wordpress.com)
- Is “God Calling” Through That Devotional Book? (shawnethomas.com)
FaithsMessenger articles written by Greg Winfield