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Have you ever heard about Christians having been given a special kind of authority on the grounds of calling themselves a Christian? You know this kind of supernatural ‘power’ that is to enable us to share our testimony wherever and whenever or to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything” (Mt 28:19-20 NIV) that Jesus has said? Others might have been taught that as soon as the devil attacks us, we should put on the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11-18) so that we can resist him. Hmm…  🙄 If you ever tried this and that and you failed, I am afraid you were not the only one. Me too!  🙂 In fact, I thank God for letting us know that simply following the written word is not necessarily walking in the Spirit of truth also.

Although His written Word IS the truth, we need to abide in Him as well so that we can hear inwardly with our ears of the heart what, how, and when we are to really speak up or to act according to what we have sensed in our human spirit. Jesus told us clearly how He Himself dealt with these things when He walked the earth about 2,000 years ago.

“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” (Jn 12:49 ESV)

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” (Jn 5:19 ESV)”

Just yesterday I read a comment by a young Christian who doubted that God would ever speak apart from the Bible. That means, he thought that Jesus could only speak to us through the written word and that was all. His response was an answer to a YouTube video by another young Christian who appears to be terminally ill with Hodgkin’s lymphoma for the third time in his young life (he is 23). The latter has begun to share his Spirit-led experiences on the internet and he makes some people wonder. As I could sense that he had real experiences with God, I answered the first guy with what had come to mind immediately.

He wrote, “But God only speaks through His Word.”

I answered, “Exactly! “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.” (Rev 19:13 ESV)[…]

I went on writing, but as it has often been the case, my replies on YouTube tend to disappear or are somehow truncated after publishing. Not sure why this happens, yet I decided to take it as from God and to rather write about these things on here instead.

If following the written word just as it comes to us in all things and at all times ‘automatically’ had been commanded by God, then even Jesus would have failed. Just think about His temptations in the wilderness which He had to go through after He had been baptized with the Holy Spirit. I chose to only take the first temptation and to paste it below as these temptations followed a similar pattern.

“And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Mt 4:2-4 ESV – emphasis in italics added)

Even the next temptation Satan starts by telling the same truth as he sneakingly suggests again, If you are the Son of God, ….” then you should do this (what I, the devil, command you). Perhaps you can recognize the connection to our pseudo-Christian authority here?  🙄 Let’s put it this way.

If you are a Christian, then you can do everything Jesus commanded, you can work miracles, cast out demons or save unbelievers! You can put on the whole armor of God, you can, of course, do ALWAYS EVERYTHING Jesus once did… (I would add here:) ….whenever the devil or the flesh tell you so!”

Isn’t it a big temptation so many of us have given in to as we followed what we have been taught, what we ‘felt’ or ‘wanted’, or what we rather ‘reasoned’ the proper decision and right thing to do for God? Whether we did the right thing or not, may we never forget that it is not so much about all our doing for God. Isn’t it more about being changed into the image of Christ and to mirror the Love of God and The Truth in this world?

❤ “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Cor 13:1-3 ESV)  ❤

All images by Susanne Schuberth 2021