Did God really say?
The same question that caused the world to fall, is the same question that will cause our faith and the world to rise…. when answered correctly.
An enemy tactic to rob us from faith in what God says is the number one reason why people fail to live their destiny in the freedom of Christ. Below are examples of questions used to try and deceive people to compromise their lives.
Did God really say, You were forgiven, chosen, loved?
Did God really say to pray heaven to earth?
Did God really say you would do the same works Jesus did, if you believed?
Did God really say you would do greater works then Jesus?
Did God really say to be pure?
Did God really say to be separate from the world?
Does God really allow you to be that passionate?
Does God really think you are the light of the world?
Will God really provide for you?
And on it goes…
The true answers to these questions will cause people to mock you, ridicule you, judge you, and defame you for your standards. But they will also launch you into the most abundant life possible with God that positions you to never be ashamed of His truth.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”- Acts 4:29
To kill a mocking voice, you must live on the standard of God’s word. Regardless of whether it’s your closest family, friends or pastor who tells you something different, you must know the words of God for yourself.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” – Col 2:8
5 Practical Steps to Kill Mocking Voices
1. Get to know the written word of God. Know the promises and standards of God.
Blessed is the man who does sit in the seat of mockers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord. –Psalm 1:1-2
Know the written word of God by finding His promises. His promises are both plain and hidden for those who will seek them. It is also wise to not stand in the council of the compromised, those who lessen the truth of God’s word and lower it to their experience, which is void of His promises and reasoning.
2. Surround yourself with people genuinely seeking and operating in prophetic ministry. Genuine prophetic community is the true nature of God and HIs people.
For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.- Rev 19:10
This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith .- 1 Timothy 1:18-19
But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. – 1 Corinthians 14:3
3. Learn to clearly hear the voice of God for yourself. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing God directly will be the most effective way you will become secure in trusting what He says directly to you. Learn how he speaks.
“Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure without fear of evil.” –Prov 1:33
4. Prayer. Prayer is the greatest offense and defense. It plays both at the same time and seeks to only know advancement.
“But you, beloved, remember the words spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own lusts. These are sensual persons who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. But you beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God….”-Jude 1:17-21
5. Love. Love God first and from this place of receiving His love and loving Him, love others. This positions you to always love His heart and ways above any lesser ways of man which also positions you to be a great blessing to others.
A little note on Mockers
Mockers cause division and perpetuate unbelief. How do they do this? They speak false accusations or teach against the word of God, prophetic people and prophetic communities, and lastly they mock people’s personal relationship with God, not truly believing that God speaks so clearly to people. They may also judge the manner in which He speaks to them. They cannot seem to “rightly divide the word of truth” thus causing separation where there isn’t supposed to be. This “overthrows the faith of some.” But remember they are also able to turn from ignorance through grace to “come to their senses.” (Quotations from 2 Timothy 2:15-26)
Also, forgive, love and pray for any enemies. (Matt 5:44)
We are to build others and ourselves up in the “most holy faith.” This faith is our inheritance that Jesus is the author and finisher of. It is to be received with joy, hunger and soberness that contends for its fullness, regardless of what any man, angel or demon says. It is a path of life we are to not sway from.
We should all know that in order to build on faulty foundations, the alters of thought that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God must be torn down (2 Cor 10:5, Jeremiah 1:10). We tear things down to build, not to leave them broken. We seek faith that transforms the mind instead of tickling the ears.
So kill the mocking voices. Stir yourself up. Get to know God, His words and the prophetic communities He is raising up. Be free to live in all that He truly is and all that He truly says you are. And lastly, have patience with those who may not see these things. Speak straightforward truth that does not waver but always reveals the redemptive purposes of God. We are all called to purity, vision, passion, purpose and power in Him.
Kill the Mocking Voice and Live,
This blog was inspired by a message from Dawna DeSilva at a Friday night service, July 15, 2011 in Redding, California.. You can watch her message on ibethel.tv.