day 35 Sacred Season
35. 13th July Discerning the fire: 1 Thess 5: 19-22; 1 John 4:1-4 ; 2 Tim 1:4-6; Uncle Bill Hollingsworth
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thes 5:19-22Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1 NIV)
Basis of Union Paragraph 17: âThe Uniting Church will keep its law under constant review so that its life may increasingly be directed to the service of God and humanity, and its worship to a true and faithful setting forth of, and response to, the Gospel of Christ. The law of the Church will speak of the free obedience of the children of God, and will look to the fi nal reconciliation of humanity under Godâs sovereign grace.â
One of the dangerous experiences is that which comes from Satan and his minions. Theyâll wait for you to be unaware of whatâs going on. You might be sitting and listening and then you suddenly get drowsy. Then something happens and you think âThatâs the Lordâ. But the bible says âtry the spiritâ, because the devil can slip stuff in. By receiving it youâre giving ground to it.
And so one night I was going to pray and wait on the Lord. I told Him that I wanted to see Him face to face. I waited there till about 2 am. in the morning. I started to get drowsy and dozed off a little. And then I heard this amazing sound like an earthquake, a vibration coming through. And this thing got hold of me and I felt so good. There was gooseflesh and tingling of the spine. A voice said âThis is the Lord nowâ. And then very faintly in the background I heard another say : âTry the spiritâ
And so I snapped awake and I said. âLord, Iâm no match for Satan but you are. Iâm taking my stand by faith on the grounds of the precious blood of covenant and Iâm totally dependent upon you to ascertain whether this is of God or not. If this is of God I will gladly receive it, if its not I totally reject it.â
After I said that I waited and the thing left me and went away. And I thought âWow, how easy it isâ. I dozed off again and it happened again a second time. I went through the same process again and it went again and never came back.
So that taught me to try the spirits. Not to just swallow anything. Thereâs so much rubbish out there: people swallowing so much.
And we wonder why. The scripture warns us again and again about the end time times. âThey will turn away their ears from the truth.â 2 Tim 4:4
People donât realize that if you continue to turn away your ears from the truth that God will send you a strong delusion.
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
(2 Thessalonians 2:11 NIV)
So we donât realize how great God is but how dangerous it is to ignore him and to turn away from the truth. Weâre not dealing with temporal things. We are dealing with eternity. So those sorts of things taught me a lesson that Iâll never forget.
Prayer for Discernment
âLord, Iâm no match for Satan but you are. Iâm taking my stand by faith on the grounds of the precious blood of covenant and Iâm totally dependent upon you to ascertain whether this is of God or not. If this is of God I will gladly receive it, if its not I totally reject it.â
- Pray for: Unitingworld partner – The National Council of Churches in the Philippines
Pray for Assembly as it has its first full day.
Pray for strength for Stuart McMillan as he chairs for wisdom, clarity, courage, strength and protection. Give thanks to God for our outgoing President Andrew Dutney.
The Assembly Standing Committee will be bringing proposals today. Please pray especially during these times today when their proposals will be discussed. Today Frontier Services and ministry in remote areas will be a major piece of business. See Appendix 2 to see what other proposals could possibly be. Pray over them.
Business times when proposals will be discussed needing churches and individuals to pray today are 11:00am â 12:15pm ; 2:40 â 3:10 pm ; 7:30 â 8:30 pm.
Pray also for the community working groups at 4:00- 5:30 pm today, Tuesday and Wednesday where delegates consider proposals, that the Lord Jesus would speak in the groups.