Listen, if we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we always have had. If we always do what we have always done, we will always get what we always have had. And I don’t know about you but I am not satisfied with what I have always had. Are you satisfied that there are only fifty to a hundred people in each church? Are you satisfied that there are so few people healed? I am not satisfied but we continue to do the same things we have always done. God is about to show us a new way which is really not a new way, it is through His Word. We just haven’t seen it before. I believe that the bible is the Word of God. You will never do anything to violate His Word but He will always violate what I think His Word says. He will always challenge my doctrines, He will always challenge my tradition, He will always challenge the way I have always done things, because He has no respect for our old traditions or for a religion that denies the Power of God.
Now I come to you with a word and that word is this: I am to challenge you to be a people of discernment. I am to challenge you to seek Him like you have never sought the Lord before that you may begin to discern the things that are God and the things that are not God. Listen to what the apostle John says in First John chapter two, “These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.” The Lord does not want us to be deceived. He doesn’t want us to be overpowered by the words of man who only try to convince us with reason. Let us continue in verse twenty-seven, “…as for you the anointing which you received from Him abides in you and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” Now this is a verse we don’t have to be afraid of, it does not mean we do not need teachers for I am here teaching you. It means there is a spirit of understanding that dwells in each one of us and the Witness of God’s Spirit should flourish in our hearts. And that Witness flourishing within us is teaching us right from wrong. The best thing we can do for our children, for example, is to teach them a Spirit of Discernment. Teach them that the anointing abides within them, the anointing like we have always thought, does not come from Heaven. The anointing abides within us. Do you remember when Mary went to visit Elizabeth? As soon as Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary the babe leaped within. See the Spirit of Discernment is the spirit of John the Baptist. That anointing abides within us and every time we hear something that is from the Holy Spirit the babe leaps within us, so to speak. The Holy Spirit says, “YES” and when something evil is said the anointing inside is very quiet and we must know that when that happens it is something evil. The anointing within us teaches us.