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May 16, 2014
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How many Christians are there today that have asked the LORD, "Why me?" We do our best and still things happen that do not seem right in our sight. Why LORD?
There are many Christians that have been used by God to help others receive their healing, and set them free of all sorts of attacks of the enemy. They had great healing ministries, and yet they died of sickness or disease themselves.
One day I was talking to another brother in the LORD about those whom we pray for and they did not receive their healing. After speaking with this brother in the LORD, I took a short nap. Just as I awoke from the nap, from my spirit came these words "They did not do what they were told to do." I thought this was in reference to people not receiving their healing. But then, as I was praying in the Spirit, it came to me; about what happened to Eve in the garden of Eden happened because she did not do what she was told to do. The same thing happened to Adam in the garden of Eden, he did not do what he was told to do.
We need to understand how Satan works in our lives. He tries to get us to do the opposite of what we are told to do. Eve knew she was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve said to the serpent in Genesis 3:2,3, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden...But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."
Evidently, Eve did know she was not to eat of that tree. But, she let the serpent tempt her until she did eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
What about Adam? We know that Adam was told by the LORD God in Genesis 2:17, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Yet, when Eve gave Adam of the fruit of that tree, he did eat also (Gen. 3:6).
Why did all those bad things come upon Adam and Eve that they were driven out of the Garden of Eden? Simply, because they did not do what they were told to do. They actually did what they were told not to do.
When Christians start to ask, "Why Me LORD," the answer is already in the Bible. If we will study our Bibles, we will know why? If we do not study our Bibles, most likely that is the beginning of our reason for asking, "Why Me LORD?"
The New Testament was written for every person who hears of the Good News of Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior. The New Testament is "a personal Word from God" to everyone who will believe. For those who do not believe, the New Testament will not help them. But, "if we believe God," the New Testament has all the answers to the question, "Why Me LORD?"
The good part about the New Testament is that it will do exactly what is says, for those who believe. It will also do exactly what it says for those who do not believe. The way to tell if someone believes or not is "what action do they take once they believe?" If they say they believe and do nothing, what they say and what they do are contrary to each other. What they say and what they do must agree.
In James 4:17 it says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." God cannot have fellowship with sin. God cannot help those who continue in sin. We must first repent of the sin and then God can help us. What we knew we should do, and did not do, we must repent and do it, then God can move in our lives and set us free of whatsoever the enemy comes against us with.
In 1982 I was making plans to move to Tulsa Oklahoma to attend Bible School for two years. In doing so, it was necessary for me to find a place to live in Tulsa, while I was there attending Bible School.
In late July, we made plans to go to Tulsa and look for a place to live. On a Thursday morning, I thought it would be best if I changed the thermostat on my vehicle. I had a 190 degree thermostat in my vehicle and I wanted to put in a 160 degree one instead. While putting in the 160 degree thermostat, as I was tightening down the housing bolts, I heard a "crack" sound. I knew within myself, I had cracked the housing for the thermostat. Right away, the thought came to me, "I better get a new housing and put it on before I leave for Tulsa." That day went by, but I did not take the time to go and get a new thermostat housing.
The next day, the thought come to me, "I better not forget to get a new thermostat housing and put it on before I leave for Tulsa." I had already made plans to leave on Saturday morning.
Late that Friday afternoon, I said to my sons, "Let's leave today, instead of tomorrow." So we got our things together, hooked up our pop-up camper and left in the afternoon. I had totally forgotten about the cracked thermostat housing.
We were near Springfield, Illinois and the engine overheated. I pulled into a filling station and told the man, I needed a new thermostat housing. He said it was too late to get one that day, but he could get one the first thing in the morning, and put it on for me. He said we could set up our pop-up camper in the back of his building and stay all night. In the morning he would get a housing and put it on for me. So, we set up the camper for the night.
Early the next morning, about 5:00am, we were up. I thought, "We went about four hours from Milwaukee to Springfield before the engine overheated." By that, instead of waiting until after 8:00 or 9:00am, I could drive to St. Louis, Missouri by 8:00am and get a thermostat housing there. I could put it on myself and we would be on our way. So we left there and headed for St. Louis. As I was going around St. Louis, I drove right past a Ford Dealer, where I could have gotten a thermostat housing, "forgetting to stop."
About 30 or 40 miles south of St. Louis the engine overheated again. I stopped in a Wayside and cooled off the engine and added water, thinking, the next city I will stop and get a housing and put it on. We drove right past the next city and forgot to stop and get a part from a Ford Dealer. About 30 miles from Lebanon Missouri, the engine started to over heat again. I saw an auto-repair shop just off the Highway and stopped there.
I told the mechanic I needed a new housing for the thermostat. He took the old one off, then said he was going to call around and see if he could find one. I had gotten there about 10:30am. Every hour or so I would ask him, did you find a thermostat housing yet? He would keep saying, no, but I am still calling around. It was almost 5:00pm when I asked him again, and he said, "There are no parts in this area. You'll have to wait until Monday and I will get one from Springfield, Missouri about 100 miles away."
To me, it seemed that he was not too interested in helping us. I was not too happy with what he told us, I didn't have peace in my spirit, and I said to him, "Can I have the old one back?" He said, "What are you going to do?" I said, "I'm not staying here until Monday, I'll put it back on and start driving."
I put the old thermostat housing back on and stopped at a restaurant, where I got a five-gallon bucket full of water. I filled the radiator and started down the highway. We only went about four or five miles, and it overheated. I filled it again, and drove another four or five miles, and it overheated. I did this about three or four times, and only went about 15 miles.
In James 4:17, it says, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." I knew what to do many times, but I did not do it. So, I stopped and prayed, "LORD, I confess it as sin, a number of times I knew to change that housing and didn't do it. Now, I need Your help. Thank You, LORD!"
Then I filled up the radiator and we drove down the highway toward Lebanon Missouri. That time, we drove about 15 miles, and the radiator never did over heat. Somehow the LORD kept the engine from overheating all the way to Lebanon Missouri.
As we drove into the first filling station off the Highway, the attendant was coming out to meet us. It seemed a little unusual to me that He came out to meet us before we even got to the gas pumps. It seems as though he knew we were coming, and he came out to meet us. He said, "What can I do for you?" I told him "I needed a new housing for the thermostat." It was just 6:00pm at the time, and he said, "Let me see which one you need." He looked at the housing and said, "I'm going to make a telephone call." Then he came back and said, "They have one right here in town, they're going to wait for me to come and get it. I'll be right back," and he left.
Now, for some reason, the mechanic back 30 miles from Lebanon Missouri must not have called Lebanon, or he would have known they had one right there. I didn't have peace in my spirit all the time we waited from about 10:30am until almost 5:00pm, in that place where I was told there wasn't any parts in the area. I prayed a lot in the Spirit during those hours from about 10:30am until about 5:00pm. For some reason, I just didn't have any peace in my spirit about that place.
At this filling station in Lebanon Missouri, the man got the part and put it in. I recall all the time he was working on my vehicle, I was talking to his wife and daughter about the LORD. They were Christians, and I gave them one of my books. When he finished putting the part in, he only wanted twenty dollars for his labor. I really appreciated all that he did for me that day, so I gave him a wrench I had also.
By 7:00 he had the new thermostat housing in and we were on our way. We got to Tulsa that night. Praise the LORD for His help when we needed it.
WHY ME LORD?
Why do things like the time I drove to Tulsa Oklahoma happen to Christians? We think we are trying to do our best. We think, there is nothing wrong with what we are doing. Why do we get ourselves into situations that cause us to have problems in what we are doing?
Sometimes, we think about what happened, and we try to analyze in our minds "what happened to cause this?" Then, sometimes we search the Scriptures to find some reason, and we find verses like the one in John 16:33, where Jesus said to His disciples, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Then also there is Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
If we go about trying to justify why, we will never find the true answer to the question "Why me, LORD?" Yet, there is an answer. The answer is in the Bible.
The reason most Christians say, "Why me, LORD," when things happen in their lives is because they do not study the Word of God for themselves. They rely upon what they hear others teach and preach. They believe what they hear from others, and accept their ideas and reasoning.
I have gone this route many times in my life. The more I listen to those who think they know, the more I find things happening in my life that cause me to say "Why me, LORD?"
If Christians would do what the Bible tells them to do, they would know "Why?" Just as an example, how many of us Christians today are willing to spend two and one half hours a day studying in the Bible and praying in the Spirit? A tithe is ten percent of whatsoever we have. We all have twenty-four hours a day.
Most Christians today think a tithe is only ten percent of the money they have. The Bible does not say that. The Bible teaches that the tithe is the LORD's, and it should be given unto the LORD. The LORD is trying His best to help us, but we don't want to do it His way.
Without boasting or raising up myself, let me say this, I have been reading my Bible since I was sixteen years old. I am now seventy-nine. The more I study and read my Bible the more answers I find.
If you want to know why things happen in your life that you don't think should have happened, then I could give you a few suggestions from the Bible that could help you.
First of all, I don't know nearly as much as many Christians think they know. I have a lot to learn, even after all the years I have spent in the Word. One thing I did learn is that God knows what He is doing, and how God does things.
God said to us in Romans 12:1,2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service...And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Did you know that our greatest problem is in our mind? Did you know that if we would bring every thought into obedience to Christ (Who dwells in us), we could overcome every circumstance in our lives?
Study closely what it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5,6. In those two verses it says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ....And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
Partly, it is telling us, "do not go running all over the country to every preacher you can to find to get the answers to your problems. The answer is in you, in your spirit where Christ dwells."
God is a personal God. God dwells in every born again Christian. Our bodies are His temple, and God dwells in His temple here on earth. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, it says, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" In 1 Corinthians 6:19, it says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" In Colossians 3:1-3, it says, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God...Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth...For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
This does not mean we should not go to Church and it does not mean we should not listen to the preacher. But, God is a personal God and wants to teach us Himself. Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Where most of us Christians make our mistake when something happens to us, is we don't take the time to listen to our spirit where God dwells, and we don't open our Bibles and pray to find the answer. We are too busy doing everything else, and don't take time to spend with the LORD.
Then when we do ask the LORD for answers, we want the answer "immediately." We do not want to wait upon the LORD for the answer. Some get the idea that when they ask the LORD for the answers to their problems, they should hear some voice speak to them, or they will get a thought, and to them that is their answer.
That is not the only way the LORD answers our questions. That may happen sometimes in our lives, but that is the extreme way the LORD works. He only does it that way, when He cannot get it through our head what He told us in His Word. Many times, the answer we receive by thoughts and voices is not the LORD anyway. There are many Christians' today all messed up in their minds trying to hear from God. Some, just trying to go by the thoughts they receive after asking the LORD for something. Others by hearing voices in their mind, thinking it is God.
Some Christians seem to think that there isn't a real devil out there. Some Christians think that because they are born again the devil cannot do anything to them. They think they have all power over the devil, because Jesus said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19).
It is very sad today when we see all the ignorance that is among Christians. They do not study the Scriptures for themselves. Then, when they do some studying, they pre think it says what they heard someone else say at one time. Thereby, they can read a verse of Scripture and believe what someone else taught on it and miss the complete meaning of that Scripture verse. This is one of the most common errors among those who are called by God to the ministry. God called them to preach. But God did not call them to preach what they heard other men preach or teach.
Many years ago there was word from the LORD saying, "Those who have taught what they have heard other men teach and have not received it from My Spirit, if they will repent, My grace will cover them!" God never intended for us to teach what we have heard others teach unless we ourselves, have received it from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to be our teacher when it comes to the Word of God.
WHY ME LORD?
In 2 Corinthians 2:10,11, it says, "To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ...Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." For those who do not study their Bibles, and search the Scriptures they may not know what it says here in the Greek.
The original manuscripts of the New Testament are written in Greek. The English translations are not always comparable to the Greek. There are many errors in the English translations today. Therefore, it is important that we search the Greek in the New Testament and the Hebrew and Chaldees in the Old Testament.
Some of the greatest errors are made by people in the ministry by comparing many English translations, to find the one translation "they like the best." Then, they believe that what they read in some of the English translations is what God said.
Here is a little wisdom, "if we want to know what God said, then we must do what God said to do." Don't believe everything someone else says, just because they think they are called to preach or teach from the Bible. We need to search the Scriptures ourselves, and study to show ourselves approved unto God (not unto men). Jesus said in John 5:39, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." In 2 Tim. 2:15, it says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
In 2 Corinthians 2:11 where it says, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (noema)," the word "devices" in the Greek is "noema." This Greek word is only used five times in the New Testament. In the King James Version it is translated into three different words in one form or other "device, mind, and thought." If Christians do not understand what 2 Corinthians 2:11 is saying to us, they will easily be deceived by the devil in their lives.
Satan's devices are "thoughts that he puts in our minds." Once we know that, then we can start to take control of what happens in our lives. Now look at 2 Corinthians 4:4, which says, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds (noema) of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." The word "minds" in this verse is the same Greek word "noema." Being it is the same Greek word it would mean the same thing in the original Greek manuscripts. That would mean that God is telling us that Satan's devices are the thoughts that he uses to blind our minds.
Isn't it sad that so many preachers say that 2 Corinthians 4:4 is not talking about Christians, that it is only speaking of those who are not born again, calling them unbelievers? They don't know it, but they are the ones that "Satan has blinded their minds."
In 2 Corinthians 10:5, it says, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought (noema) to the obedience of Christ." Why does the Scriptures in 2 Corinthians 10:5, tell us to being every thought into the obedience of Christ? The word "thought" in 2 Corinthians 10:5 is also "noema" in the Greek. The Holy Spirit is trying to reveal to us that the thoughts we receive are not always our "thoughts." Many times they are thoughts that Satan puts in our minds.
In Isaiah 55:8,9 it says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD....For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God said that to the Children of Israel (those He had chosen to be His people). But, did you notice, God didn't tell them where their thoughts came from?
The Children of Israel were not born again. They were chosen by the LORD God to be His chosen people, but they were not God's sons and daughters as we are in the New Covenant. They were still in Adam, and were walking and living after the flesh.
In the New Testament, we are to be born again into the family of God by a new birth. We are to be living in the spirit and walking after the Holy Spirit, not after the flesh according to Romans 8:1-8. In Galatians 5:16,17, it says, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh...For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." In Galatians 5:25 it says, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." We are to take authority over the works of the devil, especially in the area of our thoughts.
For Christians, we have a New Covenant, which is far better than the Old Covenant (Heb. 8:6). In the New Covenant we are told who our enemy is, plain and clear "It is the Devil and his demons." We are also told how to take control over the devil and his demons, "by what we do about the thoughts in our minds." Until Christians start taking control of their thoughts according to what is written in the New Testament, they will find themselves fighting the devil all day long in their lives.
The devil puts thoughts in the minds of Christians just as he puts thoughts in the minds of those who are not born again Christians. The devil is out to destroy everyone, including those who are Christians, who are called by God to do the will of God in their lives.
Wisdom among Christians comes from God. In James 1:5, it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." That means, that all wisdom comes from God, not from men who say they have wisdom, and say they are called by God to teach others what they are teaching.
Christians must learn how God gives His Children wisdom? It does not come from God by asking and believing what others teach. It only comes by spending time in the Word of God and prayer. God doesn't talk to people who do not do what He tells us to do in the written Word of God. God does not teach people who do not spend time in His written Word and Prayer.
If Christians want to receive wisdom from God, they must get it by first spending time in the written Word of God and in prayer. When Christians spend time in the written Word of God and in prayer, they can ask God for wisdom and God will give them wisdom. But, Christians should not think that God is going to speak in an audible voice every time they ask for wisdom. That is ignorance gone to seed, so to speak.
God will give us wisdom when we ask God for wisdom, by revealing to us what it truly says in the written Word of God. God uses His Word to reveal things to us, not normally an audible voice.
The more time Christians spend in the written Word of God and in prayer, the more God will reveal to them what they need to understand. The hardest thing for Christians to do today is getting rid of all the "ridiculous" teachings of men that are being taught among those who say they are called by God to teach others.
Most of what they teach is man's "reasoning," what they read in English translations of the Bible. They use their minds to reason out what they read, not even taking the time to find out what it says in the Hebrew and Greek. One of the first things Christians should do is learn how to look up things in the Hebrew and Greek, to know what was inspired to be written by the Holy Spirit. Then, it is important that Christians understand how God reveals spiritual things to people. That is, "what are the ways God teaches us in His Word?"
God uses types and shadows, figurative speaking, symbolic language, parables, etc., to reveal spiritual things to those whom He loves. God loves everyone, but God cannot help those who do not do what He tells us to do in His Word.
In Romans 12:1,2, it says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service...And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
If Christians do not want to do what God told them to do in Romans 12:1,2, then God is very limited as to what He can do for them. A person can be a born again Christian, baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, and still be ignorant of the things God desires to teach them. God still loves them, just as much as God loves those who are not born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
But, the love of God will not keep a person from spending eternity in hell. The only thing that will prevent a person from spending eternity in hell is their obedience to obey the LORD, according to what is written in the New Testament concerning the Word of God.
Yes, Jesus did take away the sin of the world for those who believe (John 1:29). But, that is only so that those who obey the LORD, can inherit eternity in heaven. In Hebrews 5:8,9, it says, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered...And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Christians must learn how to "Obey the LORD?"
Obedience comes by doing what we are told to do in the written Word of God. Therefore, it does not come by doing what someone else said, but only by doing what it says in the written Word of God. There are many false teachers among the Churches today, just as there were always many false prophets and teachers throughout the ages from Adam until Jesus. The Pharisees Sadducees and Scribes at the time of Jesus were not following what was taught by God in the Old Testament. Today, Christians are not told to follow false apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and pastors. There are many of them around today.
Christians are to be taught by the anointing of Holy Spirit according to what is written in the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of the Word of God. In 1 John 2:27, it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The Him, spoken of in 1 John 2:27 is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is willing to teach anyone who is willing to spend time in the written Word of God and in prayer. Jesus is our example of how to be taught by God and how God teaches those who do the will of God in their lives.
Jesus said in John 6:44,45, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day...It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Is God drawing us to Jesus? If He is not, then it is because we are not willing to spend time with God in His written Word, and in prayer.
God is looking for those who are willing, and seeking, to know the Truth, which is revealed in the written Word of God. If we are not being drawn to God, it is because we are not serious about what God has to say about those who are born into this world.
When Christians get serious about God, then they will see God working in their lives. God does not do things in our lives because we want Him to. God does things in our lives because God is Love (agape).
The word agape in the Greek is the love of God. Agape (love) is not the same a phileo (love). Phileo in the Greek is natural human love, which has conditions to it. Agape (love) operates by a work of God in the lives of those who love (agape) God the same way God loves them. It is not human love, it is the love of God working in and through those who love God the same way God loves them.
People who are not truly born again do not have agape (love). Agape (love) is a fruit of the Spirit in which people receive from God in their spirit when they are born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Agape (love) operates from the spirit of man, not from the mind of man.
When Christians love (agape) God from their spirit, God responds with the same love that they love God with. It is a spiritual operation, not an operation of the flesh.
Christians who walk after the flesh may not receive anything from God. Even though they are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, they still may not receive anything from God.
God only responds to the love (agape) that He has given to Christians when they were truly born again of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. What God says in His written Word, God will do. What God says in His written word that we should do, we must do. It is not a matter of God doing everything and we do not need to do anything.
The New Testament is a written covenant, revealing what God did and will do if we do what God tells us we must do. There are two major parts to the New Covenant, the part that God did and is doing and the part that Christians must do to inherit the promises now, and eternal life in heaven.
Therefore, there is God's part and man's part. God is doing His part, and has already done most of His part. Now, it is up to us to do our part.
If we do not do our part according to the New Covenant, God cannot do His part in our lives. God loves us, but God cannot change His Word for anyone. God's Word is already settled in heaven. It cannot be changed. Therefore, it is up to us "individually" to study what is written in the Greek New Testament, and do our part.
Too many Christians do not want to take the time to study the New Testament to know what God said. They would rather listen to what someone else says. Many times, what someone else says, comes from thoughts that the devil puts in their minds, so he could get them to teach what he wants them to teach.
That is what the devil did to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. The devil is continuing to do what he has always been doing for thousands of years.
The devil deceived Eve, and she did what the serpent told her to do. Then the devil used Eve to speak to Adam, and Adam did what Eve said to Adam.
Jesus came into this world to make it possible for Christians to hear directly from the Holy Spirit, and do what the Holy Spirit tells them to do. The Holy Spirit goes by what is written in the Scriptures. Therefore, we are told to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). This is God's will for every born again Christian, not just for those who say they are in the ministry.
God works individually with every born again Christian, to do His perfect will. God did not put any other person between the Holy Spirit and born again Christians.
If we will study the Scriptures in the New Testament closely, we will find that when a person is truly born again, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit come and dwell in the spirits of every individual born again Christian. That is so that God the Holy Spirit can do every thing that the New Covenant says He can do.
But, for the Holy Spirit to do what it says He can do in the New Testament, we must all do what we are told to do in the New Testament. It is not a one-sided operation. It is a covenant between each individual and God. God is willing and able to do His part at all times. It is up to each individual to do their part. Their part is not to follow some other person's idea, doctrines, or theologies.
Our part is to do what God says we are to do, not what someone else said we are to do. God is a personal God, and will manifest in the lives of anyone who will obey the LORD Jesus Christ in everything. Therefore, it tells us in Hebrews 5:9, "And being made perfect, he (JESUS) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."
Jesus did His part. Now it is up to us to do our part. Our part is not to follow other people. No. Our part is to follow Jesus, being led by the Holy Spirit in everything we do.
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