Reading about all of the discrepancies in the message on the internet, caused me to contemplate what I believed. I was raised in the message, so most of my beliefs were a result from acts of obedience and trust rather than true Biblical study. I never had a reason to question whether it was correct or not.
I started with what I felt was the most basic of principals and worked my way through.
- Why do we believe in an “Elijah Ministry?”
- What is a prophet?
- How do you know a prophet is a prophet?
By the time I arrived at my third question, I was completely shaken. A flood of human emotions threatened to overtake me. A line had been drawn between sides and I had to choose which way to cross.
Fear of “rejecting the word for my day” loomed over me taunting, “You’ll be lost, you’ll go to hell. You are rejecting truth and will walk in spiritual blindness. You just need more revelation.”
“For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” – 1 Corinthians 3
When God gives an answer, it will line right up with the Word. He writes His word in your heart and His answer will drive out all of your fear and the clouds of confusion will vanish. God’s answer not only brings peace, but also the necessary boldness to walk in the light He gave.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
I would like to tell you I am the same person I once was, I just believe differently now. But that isn’t true. Old things have passed away, and I will never be the same again.
“The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
My next few posts will follow the questions I asked. I will share the scriptures that brought my peace and drove my fear and confusion away. His word is Truth and in it is Life, that Life is Light, and the Light pushes the darkness away. Peace, Courage, Hope, and Understanding be to you.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.