Tag: Holy Spirit

Discerning the Voice of the Lord

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

The apostle Paul said, “I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

Have you sought to know the voice of Jesus, sitting quietly in his presence — just waiting? Have you sought him for things you can’t get from books or teachers? The Bible says all truth is in Christ and he alone can impart it to you, through his blessed Holy Spirit.

A question may arise in your mind: “Isn’t it dangerous to open my mind to a still, small voice? The enemy can come in and mimic God’s voice and deceive me. And isn’t the Holy Spirit to be our only teacher?

Like the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit is a distinct, living, divine person in himself. Scripture calls the Holy Ghost the Spirit of the Son: “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts” (Galatians 4:6). He’s also known as the Spirit of Christ: “The Spirit of Christ who was in them” (1 Peter 1:11). “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” (Romans 8:9). The Holy Spirit is the essence of both Father and Son, and is sent by both.

There’s a way we can be protected from deception during deep prayer. Our protection is in waiting. The voice of the flesh is always in a hurry. It wants instant gratification, so it has no patience. It’s always focused on self rather than the Lord, always seeking to rush us out of God’s presence.

The voice of the enemy also is patient, but only to a point. It can be soft, sweet, assuring and logical. But if we test it by simply waiting — that is, not acting on it right away, testing it to see if it’s the Lord’s voice — it will grow impatient and expose itself. It will suddenly become ugly and demanding, railing at us and condemning us.

This is why the Bible says again and again, “Wait on the Lord — wait on him — wait.” It’s during our waiting that these other voices are exposed, or grow weary and leave. We’re to wait, wait, wait, so that both heaven and hell know we won’t give up until the Lord takes over.

by David Wilkerson

The True Son Of Man

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

One like unto the Son of man . . . out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword. Revelation 1:13, 16

The Christian message has ceased to be a pronouncement and has become instead a proposition. Scarcely anyone catches the imperious note in the words spoken by Jesus Christ. The invitational element of the Christian message has been pressed far out of proportion in the total scriptural scene. Christ with His lantern, His apologetic stance and His weak pleading face has taken the place of the true Son of Man whom John saw—His eyes as a flame of fire, His feet like burnished brass, and His voice as the sound of many waters. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal our Lord as He really is, and He does not paint in oils. He manifests Christ to the human spirit, not to our physical eyes. These are strenuous times, and men and women are being recruited to devote themselves to one or another master. But anything short of complete devotion to Christ is inadequate and must end in futility and loss.

by A.W. Tozer