As we start into this series let's agree on some concepts. When seeking out knowledge and understanding of Father God and His ways, there are five important tools we should utilize to insure the incoming information carries truth. All five of these are important and if we only count on 2-3, we can quickly get into trouble. Remember we hear in part (1 Cor 13:9)
Here are the five.
1. The written Word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God (John 1:1). We need to be studying and developing our best understanding of the Father's heart and finding consistency with His heart Genesis to Revelation. Scripture is wild and takes an open spirit to hear what God is actually doing throughout.
2. The Spoken Word. We should be constantly developing the conversation with the Godhead. This means listening intently to what the Holy Spirit says and consistently applying 2 Cor 10:5 - taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Jesus.
3. Confirmation of our brothers/sisters. It is important that we do not run about like an island unto ourselves but instead surround ourselves with friends that are as passionately in pursuit of truth. Have fun with each other by openly discussing what we think we may be discovering.
4. Walking under authority. Different than number three, this is making sure we have authority figures in our life that ARE TRUSTWORTHY and we willingly defer our own opinions to those in authority over us. This is not giving over the ultimate responsibility to steward our own lives rather allowing Godly structure to work in us along the way. In authority and under authority.
5. The fruit test. This is an important step that many don't seem to know about. Before we can fully embrace increased knowledge and understanding, the process of testing must include the fruit in our own lives. I'll focus on this as we progress in other blogs.
Carefully working out revelation is an important part of finding truth. Jesus was careful to warn us of the presence of false prophets in Matthew 7 and increase of them in Matthew 24. I'm not sure many people wake up one morning and say to themselves "I think I'll become a false prophet or false teacher today". These traits are developed over time and are the necessary result of individuals walking out of the authority structure heaven has offered to us.
As hunger for knowledge is released during our pursuit of the intimate relationship with God, it is inevitable that we will begin to stumble upon traditional theologies that conflict with our previous understanding. I believe heaven longs for that to happen. It draws us closer to Him, keeps us from growing stagnant and cold, and gives us the baseline for representing Him well to a world starving for truth.
Searching for and finding God's heart in scripture and spoken word should be a natural part of our walk with God. As we develop our understanding, we will draw closer to the Godhead and develop fruit that impacts those around us. Without that impact, it's useless knowledge.
Let's all seek first His kingdom and have a blast learning all the Holy Spirit has to teach us.