Wednesday August 15, 2012
Bible in one year: 2 Kings 4-6
Read: Isaiah 8:16-20
After the wonderful sight that Moses experienced, the Personality behind the experience introduced Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face: for he was afraid to look upon God. Exodus 3:6
This is the sovereign Lord, the covenant- keeping God who called Abraham from idolatry into holiness and charted a path of greatness for him. When He called Moses, He immediately began to talk about holiness (Exodus 3:5).
It is amusing to hear people talk about their supernatural encounters which they claim is from God, when they are anything but holy. A check here is that any divine encounter with God draws you closer to God and further from sin, else that encounter is not of God. A religion whose leader is uncertain of where he would end after death when asked by his followers, cannot be the same as the faith whose leader says, “I am going back to Heaven to prepare you a place and will return for you someday, and you will be with me in Heaven throughout eternity” (John 14:3). The difference is clear!
When Paul saw a supernatural light that outshone the sun, he fell down and became blind. Yet, the one behind the encounter introduced Himself to him as Jesus, whom Saul was persecuting (Acts 9:1-5). When you encounter the God I serve, He will not keep you in the dark or in suspense regarding who He is. In addition, if it is the Almighty God, after such a supernatural encounter, He will give you a message to a people or commission you for a specific assignment. Moses was given a message of deliverance to a people in bondage. Paul was given a message of salvation to the Gentiles. Peter also received a message of salvation to the Jews. If you claim to have had a supernatural encounter from God, what is your message from God? What is the commission the Lord gave to you? Does it totally agree with the written Word of God- the Bible or does it contradict the Bible in certain areas? If it is from God, the message and commission must be in total agreement with the scripture. If it contradicts the Bible in any way, it is not from God. It means the light of God is not in it. If you claim to have had an encounter with God and your message compromises God’s Word, waters it down or make people to violate it, then that message is from the pit of hell.
The Bible is God’s unchangeable standard. Any prophecy, revelation, dream or ‘divine’ commission that negates it, is from Satan, not God.