Judging the Fruit of the Tree
Do We Shoot the Messenger and Toss the Message?
Then We Must Remove Proverbs, Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes from Our Bible because Solomon Apostatized before God (1 Kings 11)
Discernment of the truth is one of the most misunderstood elements of the Christian walk. Often times we expect that the Holy Spirit will reveal all truths to us because this is what the Bible says. However Act 5:32 is a warning to us in this regard.
32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
In addition to Acts 5:32 we also have another warning in the Bible regarding our ability to hear God properly. Here in Psalms, the Father warns us that our communication with Him is in jeopardy should we have iniquity in our hearts.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
Iniquity is any form of “perversion” from the obedience of God and His holy Word. Does this mean that God will not use you (or your ministry) if you have iniquity in your heart? No. Here is the proof in the Bible and by testimony of a wonderful “man of God”, named Pastor John Mulinde.
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
And here is a gentle warning to us all, lest we risk becoming “puffed up” and believing that we cannot make mistakes in our walk and ministries. In this testimony below, pastor John Mulinde is told by God in a supernatural appearance that he would not be the Bride of Christ (in the rapture; Matt 25) because he was looking at women lustfully. Pastor Mulinde was in tears before God because he did not understand why he was able to heal the sick. Pastor Mulinde believed that he must have been healing the sick through the power of the devil.
But God explained to him that HE (the Lord) healed the sick THROUGH pastor Mulinde because God loves THE PEOPLE.