Arm Twisting for God - Saturday's Discerning Dose - 24th December 2011

Saturday's Discerning Dose - 24th December 2011

    Arm-Twisting for God            

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits 
to see whether they are from God, because many false 
prophets have gone out into the world."  - 1 John 4:1 (NIV).

Some time ago I was a lay leader in my local church. On 
more than one occasion a fellow lay leader (who claimed 
to have the spiritual gift of discernment) in important 
leadership meetings would state at the very beginning 
of the meeting that God had told him how the matter at 
hand was to be.

End of discussion? Who can argue against what God has 
said? At one meeting where we were discussing the future 
of the church, as graciously as I could I said, "God hasn't 
told me how it should be so can we discuss this matter.
" Fortunately we did. At the time the church was 
land-locked without any room for growth. After lengthy 
discussion it was decided to consider relocation. Today 
it is now a thriving church in a new and excellent location.

Yes, I believe in the importance of spiritual gifts. However, 
all who claim to have certain spiritual gifts do not 
necessarily have them. God's Word tells us to test the 
spirits to see if they are of God or otherwise.

Unfortunately, because of immaturity, insecurity and 
needing attention, some folk are guilty of arm-twisting 
for God; that is, they use god-talk in order to gain 
attention, to be in control, to get their own way, and/or 
to feel important.

Prayer: "Our Lovng Heavenly Father, please help me to 
be courageously honest with myself and you and never 
be guilty of 'arm-twisting' in your name in order to gain 
attention or to be in control. And please give me a 
discerning spirit so that I will know what is from you and 
what is not. Thank you for hearing and answering my 
prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."
Courtesy: Daily Dose Devotionals Team