- Sep 18, 2012
This thread was about discernment of spirit, and my remarks are in that context. Which it to say that evil spirit encourage us to make an idols! They can be pretty creative about how they go about influencing us, and since we do battle with the dark forces of this world, then they are working to influences us!! So How? How are they working to influences us in the wrong way?
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.../(NKJV)
44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.../
If you have a desire for alcohol they are going to encourage you to drink and get drunk to mess you us. If you have a desire for money, they are going to get to seek that over seeking the Lord. So what if you have a desire to read the Bible? Are they not going to get you to make it about seeking the Bible instead of the Lord? Yeah - that is it.
So consider what is written and lets take a closer look at it:
Ok, let's take a look, shall we?
2 Timothy 3:14-17
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.../
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.../
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.../
So we don't have to worry about idolizing the scriptures. We are commanded to search the scriptures daily and to meditate on them day and night. We can not be led astray by doing this. For the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:.../
When we read the scriptures The Holy Spirit comes to us and speaks. He gives understanding. He gives revelation. Right? That is the Holy Spirit's job. He will not fail. He is a big boy and will tell you to, don't read so much, don't idolize, and anything of that sort if needs be. (So far I have not heard those things from Him. I have heard, read more read the scriptures...).
Yes they can! The thief crucified beside Jesus proves this idea. I can't find anywhere in scripture that says to forgo the scriptures though.
So why don't we just tell them who have a desire to seek Him, to just seek Him and listen to Him? Who told us that would not work - that we actually have to point them to the Bible instead of Him so they can find Him? That is not according to the Bible, because it is not according to Him and what He said in the Bible!!
Because a lot of those folks will be lost souls so are unlearned about the Kingdom of God and perhaps even do not know how to pray. So supposing they may have a dark spirit in them causing them discomfort (which is why the (need) the scriptures to become learned or at least be pointed in the right direction?
How many testimonies of people have we heard (do we need to hear) about people who went to a motel to kill themselves or whatever and picked up that Gideon Bible and opened it...and one thing led to another and they walk out alive and saved?
So we should point them to personal relationship (Him), AND the scriptures. That is the way. That is what we are to do.
Now the first words I heard from Him were "Read Your Bible", so don't we think that if we get them to talk to Him, He will get them to read their Bible?
That's a mighty interesting question. But let me ask you, has the Lord ever told you to not encourage anyone to read their Bible? Or, where have you read this in scripture?
I'm guessing no. So where did that idea come from?