Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Afterthoughts.

I've been set thinking by my discipler's words.

In the youth ministry. Which is sought more, the presence of God or the presence of man?

You see, if the presence of God is sought more, then why does youth attendance shoot up when a mere man, prophetic though he may be, speak? Isn't that an indirect insult to God? Then you come for the man and his ministry, and not so much because you want to seek God?

And what about those who say they seek a word about the future? If God wants to tell His child about the future, must He do it through a prophet? He may and can. But I'm just saying that the motive behind some of us coming for prophetic meetings is entirely wrong. The motive should be to wait on God and seek Him. Not to satisfy our itchng ears. If we continue down this path (and yeah, agreed, this might be a slippery-slope fallacy), there is a real danger of the situation in 2 Timothy 4:3- The time will come when people will not listen to sound doctrine, but will follow their own desires and will collect for themselves more and more teachers who will tell them what they are itching to hear.

You see, there's a difference between going to a prophetic sermon to hear the word of God and going to a prophetic sermon to seek a prophecy. If we go about seeking prophecies, there's a real danger that we lose sight of the true and living God. Yes, prophecy is important. But Psalm 64:10 says to Be still and know that I am God. Indeed, be reassured by the words already spoken. Do not seek further reassurance from a prophecy. That would mean to have a lack of faith in God's word, wouldn't that? But when God chooses to encourage through a prophecy, He will. There is no need to seek a prophetic word. But there is a pressing need to seek His face.

Furthermore, should we not trust in the promises already spoken instead of looking for God to tell us something we want to hear? Isn't Psalm 32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly come and pray to you while you may be found, surely when the mighty waters rise they shall not reach him.) more than enough?

Sometimes we want to hear the voice of God so desperately that we seek men instead of God Himself. But there really is no need for that. Jeremiah 29:13-14-you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you declares the Lord Almighty...

Ah, where are the prophetic ministers in our midst? But then a counter-question. Is there a lack of prophets or a perception that we do not have prophets? And the latter because we don't really trust non-established prophets, so much so that we don't even recognize they are prophets.

A last question. Would there be a personal bias and preference in most of us as to who gives the prophecy? Are not prophecies all from God and the choice of servants to deliver the word inconsequential?

Consider this.

"Yesterday, Rev. Rusty Russell spoke a word of prophecy to me. He told me that..."

"Yesterday, this Sec. 1 guy came up to me and told me that God was saying..."

Have we put our trust in the prophet or in God Most High?

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