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A Spirit-Led Judging Response

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A Spirit-Led Judging Response

 

By now, I am sure most of you have heard about the so-called healer/revivalist of Lakeland, FL Todd Bentley. Just google his name and you will find plenty of information.

Reading blogs, articles, and witnessing the responses of those around me including myself, two things stood out to me about this whole episode besides the insatiable unhealthy appetite for signs and wonders and a desperate hunger for hope:

1. Lack of Discernment in the Christian community
2. A fear of man instead of fear of God creating a lack of resolve to stand up for God’s truth

Discernment and fear of God are both required to judge others as God instructs us.

When Todd was making headlines and drawing crowds, an acquaintance said, Isn’t this great! Whether or not he is of God, God’s name is out there, He is moving, working, healing! My expression must have spoken volumes, because she basically told me not to be a kill-joy and stop being judgmental. I kept my mouth shut, but my spirit was whispering – listen to me something is wrong here. I rationalized I didn’t have the facts (that was the first time I heard about him) and I didn’t want to get into another “heated discussion” in an already stressed relationship, so I didn’t say anything.

When I got home, the spirit convicted me on my silence stance. The spirit gave me the discernment but I didn’t follow it and I put the fear of causing contention in a relationship over what the spirit was prompting me to say.

I should have trusted the spirit’s lead and whatever came out of my mouth was what needed to be said and leave the outcome up to Him. In silencing the spirit, I dishonored her, God and me by suppressing the spirit’s voice. I felt horrible afterwards. I started to beat myself up for being weak and pathetic, and then I turned to God. He patted me on the head and said, Don’t beat yourself up, but did you learn the lesson, don’t put anyone or anything above Me? Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple”. I and my truth come first. Trust what I tell you, you don’t need all the facts; I have them just trust my voice (discernment) and put me first always (fear of God).

In Luke 14:26, Christ is telling us to choose Him above everyone else. Who is first is who we fear, who we seek to please, and whose will we follow. I needed to listen to the spirit, trust Him, and speak up. By remaining silent people think we agree, people get hurt, and our witness for God is marred. And if we don’t act on our spiritual discernment, in time we will lose it as we are witnessing among the masses. Matthew 25:14-29

We need to stand up for God’s truth and heed the voice of the spirit. We are called to judge and discern among those who call themselves brethren. We are to judge the actions not the person. Judging the person whose heart we can’t see isn’t our role. Our part is to judge the actions, behaviors and words. Matthew 7:1-2, 1 Corinthians 14:29, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13

Without a spirit-lead judging community of believers the truth becomes watered down and perverted, people are hurt and led astray, and our testimonies are weakened and ineffective. This experience cut me to the core in regards to the importance of listening to the spirit’s whispers, putting God above every relationship, and speaking out against the actions of others when prompted to by the spirit.

Author: Rachel

My passion is cultivating a deep relationship with God and helping others to do the same. I LOVE sharing with others insights that God has taught me and hearing what God has taught them... thus my blog, Stirring the Deep. My focus is on a relationship, not a religion. Life is in the relationship. I believe in a balance and unity of body, mind and spirit. I feel it's important to nurture all three for they all affect each other. I try to live in the present, where the Holy Spirit is. And I try to do all with the motive of love. I've come to believe life is a journey and not a destination. It isn't about perfection, is it about growth.

8 thoughts on “A Spirit-Led Judging Response

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Thanks so much for your words in this post – they strengthen us through the truth that they speak. Out of your mouth (written words) your heart and soul bear evidence of His presence within you. I want to remind you my friend, that you’re right the fear (knowledge) of the Lord is critical – God, our Loving ever present Father does not want you to beat yourself up when we make mistakes – recognize and confess our mistakes, and learn and grow from them. He knows that life is a learning experience, and He knows us each intimately (our strengths and weaknesses). If anything I think He was pleased with your growth through this experience. He can take all things and bring good out of them – and He did with you this go around.

    My sister, blessed be our Father who loves us just as we are, who in His infinite Mercy forgives us and gently helps us to grow closer to Him. I praise God for His work in and through you. You are His instrument and a blessing to me.

    Thank you also for your comment on my Blog (Godunme.blogspot.com), it’s so nice to know that the passion I have to share His presence in my life, the wisdom He gifts me, and His love – is being received by others who hear (read) His truth in my Blog. Thanks!

    Keep up the good work! Check out (link) to my Blog, and I’ll be reading your entries in the future too!

    In Christian Love,
    Caroline =)

  2. Caroline,

    Thank your for your encouragement. Your words meant a lot to me.

    Rachel

  3. Hi Rachel,
    One thing my Husband and I are blessed to have as well is also the spirit of discernment. I know in ministry it is important to follow the leading of the holy spirit and to seek direction in prayer in all we say and do. To not go ahead of God,to speak up for God’s truth and our beliefs when it seems something is not quite right within in our spirit when we encounter something that seems off or allows our spirit to not have the peace of God. I know there were times that I wish I had done things differently or spoke up when I knew in my spirit things were not right, but like you said God doesn’t condem us , but allows us to learn from each incident and makes us stronger in spirit for the next time. Thanks for this great post..
    Hugz sistah

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  5. Lorie,

    Thanks for stopping by and your encouraging words. It is wonderful that you and your husband share such an invaluable trait – it makes marriage much easier, doesn’t it? Just this morning, I was talking with my hubby about listening to that still small voice, trusting and acting on it. It is a voice that often counters the world’s wisdom, but we are finding it is the only voice to listen to, the voice of true discernment.

    Rachel

  6. Great post.

    It’s never easy to stand against the popular errors.

  7. Hey Rachel, the old testement says,”a fool udderth all his mind”, maybe it was the Lord that would not let you speak at that time or to that person, for, “do not cast your pearles before swine” I am sure I do not know, however, Jesus said, “you have a judge and that judge is the words I have spoken”

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