This is a very important article. I remember long ago being compelled by an inner voice to “write these things down.” Truly I became a channeler thinking I was hearing from God but I was listening to a demonic spirit. I didn’t write these revelations in the back of my Bible but I had a journal…and I very much enjoyed reading through it. Even so, there always was an element of doubt and I prayed about it every day.
A prophecy that did not come to pass, [some did], woke me up. It wasn’t until I started testing these things that the real spiritual battle began. The truth had been revealed to me. I was devastated. While I thought I was being so greatly used because of my great humility…it was actually pride.
One of the ways Dr. Reimer offers that God speaks is:
Through “a word we see in our mind’s eye” Reimer explains, “It is like a cartoon caption. We see a word spelled out.”
This happened to me a couple of times. Once the word was EaRtHQuAkE. It looked like a caption with jumbled letters. I also saw a number in the sky. It was huge and did have a meaning that was intricate and known only to me. It’s message was so detailed that I thought it had to come from God. I cannot truly explain how profound these experiences were. Yet they led me off of the narrow path.
Also the ability to see into someone’s life was given to me at times, yet I could not find this among the gifts of the spirit. But I did not want to acknowledge the actual source.
You might be saying to yourself. ”Surely I cannot be deceived by these things. Not me. I read my Bible, I love the Lord. I serve.”
Well… I did too. But I was being tested. I asked the Lord to remove any gifts that were not from Him. He answered immediately and they were removed. Yet, I was still experiencing some oppression. Later I burned that journal after reading Acts 19:19. That night the spirit behind the oppression was exposed and I saw red eyes turn and leave. The enemy I was listening to was gone.
I do believe God can work in miraculous ways. He uses us and our spiritual gifts for the church. The evidence is in the nine fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
Testing is coming upon us all. Remain in Christ and His Word. We are asked to walk by faith and not by sight.
God Speaks, but How?
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. (Heb 1:1–2)
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Many may be familiar with the Justin Peter’s quote, “If you want to hear God speak, read your Bible. If you want to hear God speak audibly, read your Bible out loud.” Yes, the Lord speaks today—loudly and clearly. He does so through the closed canon and written revelation of His Word, Scripture. Sufficient for all things (2 Tim 3:15–17), God in His great goodness has provided this Word so that there would be no mistaking, misunderstanding, adding to or taking away from what He has revealed. For the Christian, Scripture must be the final, authoritative word.
Scripture is a closed system of truth, complete, sufficient, and not to be added to (Rev 22:18–19). It contains all the spiritual truth God intended to reveal.1
Yet, there are always those who seek for “more.” More spirituality, more emotion, more revelation. There are those contemplatives and those mystics who teach that if one will only sit still long enough and be quiet enough, they may actually hear the voice of God. There are those who maintain that the Lord still sends prophetic dreams and visions. It is as if God still has more to say, that He didn’t quite finish His sentence when the Apostle John closed the book on Revelation 22:21.
To these it may be asked, “Do you write down these personal prophecies and revelations given to you by “God” in the back of your Bible? Are you in the midst of composing the Book of Beth or John or Bill?”