|1 Corinthians 2:13 |
13 Which things we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs;4 combining spiritual truths with spiritual words. [Regarding speaking words from the Holy Spirit: Jesus said: "whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him." John 12:50,7:18.]
4 Paul says: we speak what the Holy Spirit teaches. Paul did not speak from his carnal mind, which is enmity to God. Paul did not speak from his imagination, puffed up with vain words. Paul was not like all the ministers of today are: speaking from their carnal minds, quoting the Bible with their opinion as to its meaning, being ministers of the letter; not like Paul who was a minister of the Spirit. For the letter kills, while the Spirit gives life. Words from the flesh profit nothing; words that Jesus (or the Spirit) speak give life, 6:63; all other words come from the nature of death. Ministers who preach without words supplied by the Holy Spirit, are false apostles and Satan's ministers, transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness. 2 Cor 11:13-15. Jesus, who only spoke what he was told to say by the Father, said that anyone who spoke their own words, was seeking glory for themselves, but who spoke words from God, sought the glory of God; and a disciple was not above the master, but when a disciple is perfected, he will be like the master — able to speak what the Holy Spirit prompts him to say. John 7:18, Luke 6:40.
Until you can only speak words heard from the Spirit at the moment before you speak, you are not fit to minister. If you speak from your carnal mind things about Jesus or God, they do not reach the heart of your listener. Instead you are speaking from the nature of death, and you are scattering because you are not gathering with Him. Jesus said, "Take no thought how or what you will answer or what you should say; for the holy spirit at that moment will teach you what to say." Luke 12:12. From the Word of the Lord within:
- "The godly wait for my instructions for many things shall I come want done.
- To serve without hearing is putting your life in danger. God, save us from the sayings of our mouth.
- A word spoken from the Spirit requires you to hear what the Spirit says to you.
- Speak only what you are told to speak.
- All and only words from Him are to be spoken; the purpose is to prevent anyone from going out without authority, which you can see creates problems.
- When you speak words from yourself, it doesn't matter what you say; you say them with the wrong spirit, and they don't reach the heart of your listeners.
- Those who take directed action will save theirs and others' lives.
- Master following.
- Everyone hear what the Spirit says; this you do.
- You do as God has directed and only that; we do as He tells us."
The words you speak must be heard from the Spirit in the same moment before you speak, not words read or even words you previously heard a month ago, or a week ago, or an hour ago. Realize, you will be tempted by the enemy many times to preach before you can hear so well as to speak only words heard at that moment for there are many voices; beware of false prophets; and beware of becoming a false prophet yourself, speaking from your carnal mind's memory about Jesus or God. The voice of the opposition can be indistinguishable from the voice of the Lord. The enemy will pretend to be the Lord, always tempting you to do something wrong that you want to do, or tempting you to do something that you have been told not to do. When the enemy succeeds in tempting you, then the messages you receive become 90% plus from the enemy, with the Lord only gently and very infrequently repeating His warnings and orders that are contrary to what you are doing; but because you have so many more messages from the enemy encouraging you to continue down the wrong path, it is very easy to think the Lord's messages are the enemy's. The enemy also speaks with messages that are obviously not from the Lord, but which criticize or complain about what you are doing wrong, further convincing you that you are right.
Usually one is convinced by the enemy that they are serving the Lord in whatever they are tempted to do before they have been sufficiently changed to properly serve Him. Think about the millions of ministers and teachers in Babylon who are teaching flagrant doctrinal errors all the while hearing messages, which they think are from the Lord, but which are guiding them and their listeners down the path to destruction. Suppose you think you have been given a gift of healing, a gift of miracles, the authority to teach, etc., but you are not able to speak words from His Spirit that you hear immediately before speaking. Now you perform your deed for the Lord, but the only words you have are from your carnal mind; your deed would not serve the Lord because your words would be from the nature of death and could not properly reach the hearts of your listeners. Until your carnal mind has been sufficiently destroyed so that you only have words from the Spirit, (only words from the Spirit), that you hear immediately before speaking, you are not fit to serve the Lord doing anything that requires words of explanation or credit to Him; that is a simple test, which you can use to defend yourself from being tempted before you are properly equipped to serve. Remember the teaching by the Word of the Lord within: "When you speak words from yourself, it doesn't matter what you say; you say them with the wrong spirit, and they don't reach the heart of your listeners." So suppose you are told go to someone and warn them about what they are doing; unless when you arrive, you are sufficiently in His Spirit, (as George Fox wrote about speaking a previous teaching: "be sure the light is up"), to hear the exact and only words to speak, even repeating words from Him that you have heard in the past will be spoken with the wrong spirit; don't do it.
I have asked the Lord why He is not more firm in correcting those of us who have been deceived and are traveling down a wrong path; the answer I received was: "the cure is worse than the disease." Apparently we are left to slowly discover our own mistakes with only His very gentle and infrequent reminders because His firm correction would be more harmful to our eventual progress. If you have been deceived and gone the wrong way for some time, it is very easy to become bitter or offended that you were not corrected; don't. Remember the Lord is pure, perfect, kind, gentle, wise, and love Himself; and everything He does or doesn't do is to your ultimate benefit. If He firmly corrected us, either our confidence would suffer too serious a blow, or perhaps we would only fall again to a more subtle scheme to tempt us in the future.
There comes a time when we will be able to accurately distinguish between the voice of the Lord and the voice of the enemy; until then be extra careful about doing anything to serve the Lord.
George Whitehead wrote on this topic in his Journal:
"Thus keeping silence before the Lord, and drawing near to him in a true silent frame of spirit, to first hear what the Lord speaks to us before we speak to others, whether it is judgment or mercy, is the way for renewing our strength, and to be his ministers, to speak to others only what he first speaks to us. O! That the people were truly mindful of this; that they would seriously consider this; then would they not run after, or follow such as their ministers, priests, or prophets, who ran out to preach when God had never sent them; and who say, Thus said the Lord,” when God has not spoken to them; and, "who shall not profit the people at all."