A critical challenge to the body of Christ today is knowing what God is saying unto His body. While we are certain that Prophets abound, who are daily pointing us in the way we should go; so also are 'prophets' whose god is their belly and all their 'pronouncements' are mainly to point the church also to their 'god' - in this instance to their belly.
The focus of this message is not on who is for God or for their belly; it is a caution to every believer to pay attention to their thoughts. We know that Job 32: 8 says that there is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of the almighty giveth them understanding.
We also know that in most instances - God will speak to our spirit and the voice of God must be discerned. In 1 Sam 3, although Samuel was hearing the voice of God, he was unable to discern the source. He did not even know that it was the voice of God, talk less of knowing how to respond to Him. Don't tell me it was because Samuel was a boy - Samuel needed to be guided to discern God's voice and respond accordingly.
The reason why Eve fell (and subsequently the whole world) was because the devil was cunny and crafty. Gen 3: 1 - 5 'Now the serpent was more cunning than any other beast of the field which the Lord God had made. (Note that the serpent was not the devil but the devil used and manipulated the capability of the serpent to tempt Eve). And he said to the woman, has God indeed said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden (with benefit of hindsight, please watch those tricky questions. If God did not allow them to eat of the trees of the garden, what will they feed on?). And the woman said to the serpent "we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'you shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. (Where was Adam when the serpent came calling? What would have been if Adam was there? If Eve had shared the full details of her conversation with the serpent with Adam before attempting to eat...) Then the serpent said to the woman 'you will not surely die (the serpent attacked the consequences first before selling the bait - nothing will happen, don't mind God, you aren't going to die). For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
Very painful indeed. Adam and Eve were already like God. They were made in the image of God. The serpent didn't give them something new. It was already given. Yet the bait pushed Eve to eat of the tree without consultation.
Beloved, what is the mind of God to you today 'when you are not sure, seek counsel'. Prov 15; 22 'without counsel, plans go awry but in the multitude of counsels, they are established. Test all spirits and I dare to say watch and test all thoughts to preserve your destiny. 1 John 4: 1 'dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God... The truth is until you test something - you may not know otherwise?
Beloved, a lot depends on your personal decisions this year.
I believe the Lord want us to be different this year. He will like us to pay attention to our thoughts.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words...Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny....
Please watch those thoughts and be on your guard at all times.
Shalom and Blessings!!!
From the Desk of
Pastor in the House