MAY GOD GIVE US ALL THE GRACE NOT FOOL OURSELVES TO THINK WE CAN INTERPRET GOD’S WORD AS WE PLEASE AND FOLLOW ANY SPIRIT WITHOUT ‘TESTING’ IT TO SEE WHETHER IT IS REALLY OF GOD, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 1:4-1-4.)
The enemy of our souls really has a counterfeit for every work and miracle we expect from God, and often, he presents them ahead of God's timing for a specific situation in our lives. Even if we prayed sincerely and steadfastly, we must still be 'vigilant and sober minded,' for "our adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, [seeking someone gullible, self-willed, and without true knowledge of God's Word] to devour."
“THINGS THAT EXACLT THEMSELVES ABOVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD” AND THEREFORE ABOVE OBEDIENCE TO HIM
Proud, rebellious, and wild, self-sufficient attitudes are “things that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God.”
They erect “strongholds” or false demonic fortifications (lies) in our minds that prevent us from really submitting wholly unto the truth of God’s Word and waiting on the answer from God and the leading of the Holy Spirit, so that the Holy Spirit will not, by our own design, “lead us into all truth.”
Without obedience to Jesus’ New Covenant truth; the true leading of the Holy Spirit, and the way He always works and leads according to the contextual truth of His Word, there is not obedience to God at all. And so, we “cannot be Jesus’ disciples,” (Jn. 14:15.) To be able to be taught by the Holy Spirit, [to have a teachable human spirit and mind,] and to submit to the truth of God’s contextual Word, (as in everything else in life,) we must reject our own ‘carnal flesh’ with its pride, rebelliousness, and misconceptions, (“crucify ourselves,”) to accept God’s True Word. Until we wholeheartedly bow to God and decidedly ‘die’ to sin and self, we will never be able to accept God’s True Word, or the Way in which the Real Holy Spirit of the Bible work in, and through us. I can never and will never ‘judge’ anyone, (although God said we shall know one another by the constant ‘fruit’ that we bear,) but Jesus Himself said, “The Word, which I have spoken will judge him in the last day," (Jn. 122:48.)
“If you abide [stay] in My Word, you are truly My disciples… If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word…” (Jn. 14:23.) He who says, “I know Him” and does not keep His [New Testament, Covenant, Moral Law] commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him,” (1 Jn. 8:31; 2:4.)
This is why the goal of all real ministry and minsters is to get God’s True Word to the ‘minds’, thoughts, hearts and lives of people to bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ – and to help believers grow spiritually by showing them the truth of God’s Real Word, which “can save their souls,” or purify their thoughts, so that their ‘minds can be renewed,’ (Rom. 12:1-2, 1 Pt. 1:9-14.)
This is the genuine ‘war,’ which Jesus called us to fight: a continuous spiritual battle for our own ‘minds,’ and for the minds of all those, whom He allows to cross our path, “pulling down strongholds, [lies and misconceptions of the devil in the ‘minds’ of people,] casting down vain [and false arguments and every high or proud, unteachable, stubborn] thing that exalts itself above the [real, Scriptural] knowledge of God, bringing [through God’s True Word,] every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO KNOW IF WE REALLY HAVE GOD’S KNOWLEDGE OR TRUTH
The only way to know that we are really following the truth of God’s Word in Holy Spirit leading, is to “test and prove everything” [every spirit, teaching, manifestation, doctrine, etc.] according to the full contextual truth of God’s Word “to know whether these things are from God.” I.e., we cannot and may not use occult techniques to ‘make God perform’ according to our desires – even if our situation is dire. The Holy Spirit will not use positive confession and visualization to ‘birth’ a miracle as Yonggi Cho, the Buddhist Christian leader taught the church. [This is not normal confession like in confessing the omnipotence of Jesus, or ‘seeing’ before our minds eye the way a pink and white garden will look. This is ‘incubating’ the ‘miracle’ by confessing it positively until it manifests, and wilfully ‘seeing’ that ‘miracle’ become reality. I.e. “See that red Mercedes and how you are driving it now, and keep on confessing it until you have it!”
God’s Word clearly explains in Heb. 11:1-12, “[True] faith is the substance of things hoped for [I hope on a life in heaven because I believe in Jesus and have accepted all He has done for me,] the evidence of things NOT SEEN! By FAITH we UNDERSTAND that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham [were obedient to the Word of God even before they had Scripture like we have now…]”
Jam. 2:14-18, “Without [works of true obedience to God,] faith is dead.”
FAITH IS NOT RUNNING AHEAD AND MAKING OUR OWN PLANS AFTER WE HAVE PRAYED.
Faith is waiting on the Holy Spirit and then, according to the truth of His Word, obey His Scriptural leading. We must be careful not to be misled into interpreting just any kind of faith as pleasing to God. Many people have faith in Jesus, but they never really obey Him according to the truth of His Word.
Jesus warned that such disobedient ‘miracle’ makers, ‘demon slayers,’ and ‘wonder makers,’ “practices lawlessness, [and so,] he never knew them!” (Mt. 7:21-29.) We build our lives on Jesus the Rock when we obey and do His teachings, v. 24. So that, when the “rain descends and floods come and winds blow and beat on our [lives,] we will not fall, because it was founded on the Rock, [the truth of His Word in the true power and leading of His Spirit.”
Supplement reading: How do we know the Voice of God?
Casting lots to determine Gods will for a particular situation — can we still practice that under the New Covenant?
Escaping abuse: “My soul is calm and quiet like a weaned child”
To Follow just any spirit that Speaks into our minds, dreams, etc. is to “Exalt Ourselves Above the Knowledge of God.”