Monday, September 06, 2004
For the past year I have had a change of heart in my Christian walk. For 12 years I have been involved in the charismatic circle of Christians. In that time I learned much about healing, spiritual warfare, intercession, prophecy, worship, manifestations, Holy Spirit power, etc.
Back in February last year while having supper with a friend, he shared with me that he no longer believed in spiritual warfare the way that I have come to understand it to be, Rebuke this and cast that out. He also denounced the whole ‘spirit’ theory. For example “spirit of lust, spirit of rebellion, spirit of death etc. Based on 1 peter 2:3 In the months that followed I ran these things through my mind and started pondering the possibilities. This brings me to August 2003. I was in Calgary and while there I started to hunger for the word of God. When I returned home from Calgary, I decided to dive into scripture. I also started listening to the teachings of John MacArthur over the Internet. During that time I was getting more disturbed about the whole charismatic process so about a week into a study on ‘charismatic chaos’
I decided that I was going to lay aside all of the ‘dainties’ of Christianity. Let me explain what I mean by dainties. Take a look at Christian books in the Christian marketplaces. 98% of them are selling baked goods. For example; Power evangelism, Prophetic intercession, prayer of Jabez, Name it/claim it, healing, entering into the blessed life, moving in the office of the prophetic, how to be an apostle, anointing, Holy Spirit power, Gifts, Spiritual Warfare, etc. I could go on but you get the picture. Dessert is wonderful if it is enjoyed following a full, hearty, well balanced meal. Also dessert is offered only if there is enough room to eat it. At this point I want to fill up on a well balanced meal. Studying the word of God and expelling its truths, Spending time with God in prayer, fasting and thanksgiving. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth, giving him honor and respect, revering his name, keeping his commands and obeying him.
I am at the place right now where I could literally care less if I ever received another dainty again. In comparison to knowing biblical truth, walking in that truth, eating it daily, growing in relationship with God, knowing him better, understanding him better. There is no greater thing that I could possibly imagine. A good friend of mine summed it up this way “People need to stop seeking the hand of God and start focusing on the face and heart of God”. So now today , I sit here in the presence of my God writing down the things that are on my heart. I am totally prepared to walk away from charismatic practice or walk through it with a head of truth and wisdom to keep me from being swayed by every doctrine. Lord teach me your truths for only there will I rest.