There comes a time in every Christian’s walk that he is challenged by the Spirit of the Lord to be “weaned” from their earthly teachers in the Word of God. Even the best pastors and teachers who have a sincere heart towards ministering the truth of God’s Word to God’s people cannot supply the spiritual food and drink that is necessary to bring a Christian to full maturity.
“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14)
The only one who can effectively “exercise” those “senses” is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself through the operations of the Holy Spirit which dwells within us.
There are many “seducing” voices in the world and many of those are inside the so-called church. When one is newly born again, there is a natural hunger and thirst to “learn” more of the truth. But because of so many false teachings from so many insincere or selfish ministers, a newborn babe can be easily steered in the wrong direction through the “tickling” of their spiritual ears. This has been going on for centuries.
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4)
“Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (Jude 1:11-14)
As a sincere Christian continues to seek after the truth that glorifies God rather than man, he inevitably finds himself having to make difficult (sometimes excruciating) decisions concerning their churches, ministers, families and even their fellow brethren.
It’s called “growth”! It’s called gaining “discernment”! It’s called “having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil”!
“These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 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.” (1 John 2:26-27)
The anointing of the Spirit that already abides in us will “guide us into all truth” … if we continue to seek the Lord with all of our hearts and obey His leadings!
“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD.” (Hosea 6:3)
This is how a Christian grows in stature and strength. Though he makes many mistakes through the weaknesses of his own flesh, yet will he learn from those mistakes and continue to press in to the Kingdom of God … being taught and led by the Spirit more and more!
“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:20-21)
The Spirit of God within us is the GREATEST TEACHER of all!
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:13)
By feasting on the Word of God and drinking in His Holy Spirit, we will surely experience His precious promises gradually coming to pass according to our own unique callings and purposes in Him!
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalms 37:5)
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