August 19, 2016
At times we may feel that the Lord has spoken to us about our lives. In other words, we have prophesied over ourselves. As with any other prophetic word, this word should be judged. It is vitally important that we submit this word to those who have authority over us; just as we would if we had received it from someone else. This is especially true if the word involves direction.
God Told Me
When we articulate this type of word to leadership, we should not say, “The Lord told me to do this.” That opening statement dramatically reduces their ability to give us their input. After all, who wants to argue with God?
When people go to leadership for counsel, and begin a conversation with, “The Lord told me to do this,” in reality what they are often saying is, “I don’t want your opinion; I just want your blessing for what I want to do.”
I was once speaking with a pastor who shared that he had divorced his wife because “God told me to.” He said that his son had a dream that he believed also validated his decision to leave his wife! While questioning him concerning his marriage, I asked him if his wife had committed adultery. “No,” he replied, “nothing like that…she just hated the ministry.”
I thought he was going to fall out of his chair when I told him that God did not tell him to leave his wife.
We only have as much authority in God as we are willing to submit to
If we only do what those in leadership over our lives tell us to do when we agree with them, it is not called submission, but rather “doing our own thing.” We must invite leadership into our lives and learn to trust them more than we trust ourselves. Otherwise, if we ever become deceived in an area, the only way to find our way out of deception is to trust someone else more than we trust ourselves. The very nature of deception is that we do not know we are deceived! If we know we are deceived then it’s not called deception, it’s called stupidity!
We should only follow leaders whose life and ministry has good fruit. We should never do anything that the Bible clearly tells us is wrong just because a leader tells us to do it. We are to only follow our leaders as they follow Christ!
(Hebrews 13:17) Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
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