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Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)
TITLE: Listen Closely...
By Richard Hicks
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Initially I thought that God was calling me to be a pastor. I knew I would give my whole heart to God in whatever ministry I was placed in, however, things got to a certain point where whenever a prophet would come to minister at my church for a service, I was no longer the first one in line to try and 'get a word.' So, I backed off from getting prophetic words altogether and eventually left the church and didn't go anywhere for a while. I am not saying that prophecy does not have its time and place. I know a ‘sure word’ can give direction as well as greatly encourage us, 1 Corinthians 14: 3, 12, 24, 29. The enemy may have caused me to miss a blessing in 'backing off from prophecy,' but God taught me a lesson through it all; and that lesson was to learn to hear from God for myself -- not being distracted by the devil's lies, no matter how right they may sound. Jeremiah 14:14-16 (NKJV)
I realized that even though I still feel that God has a calling on my life; I am not letting it discourage me if it doesn't come to fruition right away, or the way that I want it to. God prepares us with everything we need and in His timing those doors will open. Habakkuk 2:3 (NASB)
I am praying that God will give me the discernment I need to hear His voice correctly so that I may fulfill His calling for me in my old age. In the meantime, I am learning to come to God to let him lead me. The only thing that I know for sure I have heard from God on is my writing, and I am thankful that He has opened that door in order for me to minister to others. And this word, my friend, came straight from the horse's mouth!
The advice I would give would be to test the words of whoever you may be listening to so that you will eventually know if they came from God. The word of God says there are false prophets out there, and they will attempt to tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear. I John 4:1 (NKJV)
Spending time getting to know God through His word, as well as spending time in His presence by getting in tune with His Holy Spirit, is our responsibility as a Christian. When we receive God's word through the prompting of His Holy Spirit then we should move ahead with what He has told us to do, not listening to the voice of others. For a truly prophetic word will always line up with scripture.
I learned a valuable lesson in this and I pray that this testimony will keep someone from having to go through what I did. I believe that God talks to us in ways that we understand, and He would never lead us astray. His word is very clear and should paint a beautiful picture of a glorious hope and future for us when we stay close to His ear. Yet the enemy is never far behind to try and steal God's precious word from us. We have to be sober-minded and vigilantly defend the word that God has deposited into our hearts.
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