by Joyce C. Lock
God dwells within us. If God reveals something to us,
according to scripture, that makes us a god (Jn. 10:35).
However, we are not God. If the Spirit speaks through us, it is
truth and it is God. It is God living through us. Yet, because
another believes that makes them God, do we not consider the part
of truth that brought them to such a conclusion?
In fact, we go such an opposite extreme that when one is
speaking (in the Spirit) something we have not yet considered, we
may accuse them of heresy. We limit the ways God can speak to
us, do not recognize Him as God at all, deny Him, and thereby
miss greater blessings.
When people think emotionalism is spiritualism and it is
said one has to pray through to get the Holy Ghost, it sounds as
if one has to do something good enough or beg God long enough to
get it. So, through omission, we teach that the Holy Spirit and
the Holy Ghost is the same thing; missing that when you seek God
with your whole heart, once you want Him more than life itself,
God will reveal Himself to you in such a supernatural way that
you will never be the same again. For such a blessing as the
Holy Ghost, one does wrestle with God until God gets all.
When religions promote alcoholic beverages, we tend to run
the opposite direction ... yet, never consider those so drunken
in knowledge that they can not meet people where they are.
There is nothing new under the sun; meaning history repeats
itself. Some believe in reincarnation. While we find no support
for that belief; spiritually, we are reincarnated each time God
calls us into new spiritual seed. We still experience the same
things as people of old, only in modern settings. Animals,
insects, birds, etc. were symbolic names for types of people in
Some teach worship requires a lifting of hands. Spiritually,
I lift my hands toward God's holiness whenever I write.
Do we not sacrifice to idols whenever we follow a
preacher/religion/teaching instead of God? Do we not sacrifice
to devils whenever we settle for less than truth?
Some walk in the flesh. Others walk in the Spirit. The law
is for God's children (not the lost) and is spiritual, as
scripture can only be spiritually discerned. It is no wonder
some were shocked when Jesus told them, "Ye must be born again."
The Kingdom of God comes not with observation. That includes
salvation. It begins once you trade your thoughts for His and
let Him sit upon the throne of your heart; where God no longer
just visits but dwells.
We claim the name 'Christian' as if that somehow makes us
better. But, before people were given the name 'Christian'; they
had first become disciples. As it is written, they shall all be
taught of God.
Just as there are lost people in churches today and those who
have remained in churches for the wrong reasons, if we believe
'God's word will not return void' we must consider there are
people who have found God among errors in religion; who may or
may not leave that faith.
We teach children that God is everywhere, except in faiths
not like ours. Instead of looking for God in the part that is
truth, we go the opposite extreme; teaching children to believe
whatever we tell them, instead of guiding them in the ability to
think and reason for themselves (missing God's best).
Once, I read where a lady was considering beliefs of the
Indian. Though she did not practice their faith, she began to
realize that the god of corn, the god of rain, etc. was all the
same God; that our God is the God who grows corn, the One who
makes rain! In her conclusion, how we worship God may be
different. But, by whatever name we call Him, it is still God.
After thinking about it, I asked God if that were true. He
answered, "Well, when they worship Jesus, aren't they really
worshiping me?" (Ex. 34:14; Jn. 4:22; Ph. 3:3)
Consider the following verses:
"Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why
do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by
profaning the covenant of our fathers?," Ma. 2:10. "Seeing it is
one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith," Ro. 3:30.
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all
things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all
things, and we by him," I Co. 8:6. "One God and Father of all,
who is above all, and through all, and in you all," Ep. 4:6.
In all religions, can we not say they were at least once
seeking truth? Jesus is truth, by whatever name we call Him.
God is God, by whatever name we call Him. It is not for us to
say who is saved and who is not; who worships correctly or who
does not. Correct terminology is not a prerequisite for
salvation. (God desires not yours but You. It is a matter of
the heart.) But, what is up to each of us is to seek God, who
will guide us into all truth.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye
judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it
shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote
that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that
is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me
pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in
thine own eye?" Mt. 7:1-4.
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things
were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things,
and by him all things consist," Co. 1:16-17.
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is
given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the
Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by
the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another
the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working
of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of
spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the
interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the
selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For
as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of
that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For
by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all
made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member,
but many." I Co. 12:4-14.
"Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not
to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone,
graven by art and man's device," Ac. 17:29.
There is only one all knowing God. "One God and Father of
all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all," Ep. 4:6.
But, before we can know what God believes, we have to ask Him.