This past year, I had the joy of walking with a woman coming out of the New Age movement. In fact, she had once been a New Age teacher. We started with Scriptures in our sessions and took our time before we began asking Jesus questions. Her heart now was so beautifully hungry and thirsty for Truth instead of where the other road had led her to. What Jesus did for her was beautiful. She was set free!
On the other extreme, around the same time, I also walked with a woman so hard on rules from a very religious church tradition and who had very little openness to Holy Spirit. Yet, Jesus led us through healing to remove those blocks and she too experienced some incredible freedom!
We are to worship God in BOTH SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24 NLT
If we worship God without Spirit, we become legalistic, religious Pharisees.
If we worship with spirit and NO Truth, we go down the road of the New Age.
See both extremes??
Here are some things to remember with Biblical interpretation:
1. The Holy Spirit bears witness within when you hear the truth – The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceeds from the Father, will cause a witness within your heart when you hear truth (Jn. 15:26,27)
2. The Holy Spirit guides you into truth – The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, guides you into all the truth, disclosing things of the Father to you (Jn. 16:13-15).
If you have and keep God’s commandments, you love God, and are loved by God, and God will abide with you and disclose Himself to you through the working of the Holy Spirit, Who will teach you all things (Jn. 14:21,23,26).
3. You will only see what you can handle – God will only reveal to you what you are able to bear. There is more to say to you, but He will wait until you can bear it (Jn. 16:12).
4. You cannot interpret the Bible on your own – Know that apart from Jesus you can do nothing, which includes interpreting the Bible correctly (Jn. 15:5).
5. Pray for God to open your heart – Pray that God opens your heart to respond to Him, and the hearts of those to whom you preach to respond to your preaching (Acts 16:14).
Excerpt above from the short ebook by Mark Virkler…
Am I Being Deceived? (You can click to view a free pdf version below the book.)
If you are stuck in one of these extremes, (religious bondage or spiritual deception), perhaps I can help. Learn more here.
Just read this today and my heart leapt…!
Jesus calls himself “the truth” (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:7; 16:13). Any time we are not living from Jesus’ perspective, the foundation of truth, we are in some way connected to the father of lies, the devil. When we experience negative or painful consequences as a result of choosing to talk in truth, we may be tempted to quit. This is exactly the point where our faith in God’s truth gets tested. To choose to speak the truth in love, even when there is great cost to us, confirms our trust in God’s ways, rather than our own ways.
Are you willing to risk being truthful in love above anything that you fear or anything that you desire? God is truth. Are you willing to put God, His truth and His ways above anything that you fear or want? Are you willing to go beyond your fears and desires and expose whatever needs to be exposed for you to be truly known?
Remember: Truth without love is harsh and destructive; love without truth lacks substance. It must be truth with love.
I say… Yes, yes, yes, yes! Avoiding the truth only leads to bondage. Jesus, who is the Truth, invites us into freedom when we walk in His Spirit who is Love.
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Barry and Lori Byrne
Nothing Hidden Ministries
Who in your life told you the truth about yourself so clearly that you wanted to kill them for it?
…Who in your life has represented Jesus Christ in your life?
True friends love you in truth, show you the way and want you to know full life… so much that they’re willing to die for you… even by your own hand… or at the least, be verbally abused by you.
Jesus is the light of the world.
You will either worship Him or do everything you can to snuff Him out.
There are a thousand ways to kill Jesus in your life… you don’t need a cross and nails… one is by keeping your mouth shut when someone asks if you know Him. Or by failing to stand for truth when a fight is about to break out between the weak and the strong.
Do you claim to know the mind of God, yet so prepared to use force if necessary? Jesus comes as a mirror in our lives. He reveals truth to us and if we are so appalled by it, we will do everything we can to smash Him to pieces.
(Thoughts after reading Barbara Brown Taylor, “Truth to Tell”)
Truth never asks for mere admirers, but for followers. Admirers can turn into followers or they can turn into traitors. Admirers are infatuated with greatness, but pull back at first sign of trouble. Admiring truth rather than following it can turn into hate, jealousy, and revenge. At first sign of danger, admirers become offended by truth and can no longer see the tranquility they seek after. True followers brave any danger. Admirers spinelessly keep themselves detached. They play it safe and run away with tails tucked in. The follower aspires with all his strength to become what he admires. When it’s dangerous to confess truth, it becomes evident who the mere admirers are and who the true followers are. When things are calm, it’s too easy to confuse admirers with followers. And admirers can themselves be deluded into thinking they are true followers.
When the going gets tough, the weak run away. And when the going gets tough, the tough hold fast to truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIRV)
Are you merely an admirer or a true follower?
(Thoughts after reading Soren Kierkegaard, ‘Followers, Not Admirers’)