Posted by: tscottmorton | February 23, 2022

Test and Approve

1Th 2:4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. 

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.  – Proverbs 17:3

The One who tests and approves is God, not man. We, all of us, will always be tested. But we are approved and released by God in his timing. 

Church leadership, therefore must facilitate the release of people according to what the Spirit says, not upon what man has concluded, not by religious legalistic standards. 

For the church to operate in power, it must first be operating in Kingdom revelation knowledge. By revelation, we proceed. By revelation we become as one. Without revelation, we rely on the minds of people. The result is a democracy, a multiple of good sounding arguments or ideas that get voted on by the high few. “What do you think?” “Well, what do you think?” “Sounds good, let’s vote on it.” Then we’ll move in what we have concluded… a democracy of fine-sounding arguments.

There is absolutely no reference to the Church being a democracy anywhere in the Bible. It is a place subject to The King of Kings, by way of the Holy Spirit! The Church is part of a Holy Monarchy. All of us subject to God Himself. 

Moving forward as the Church is by a right way only if those involved have honestly sought the revelation of the Spirit first. And the evidence of this right way is unity of thoughts! There is rarely a vote because everyone is thinking the same thing! Everyone’s on the same page. In reality, democracy is a compromise. It is the way of the world, and certainly better than a dictatorship. But the best way of government is a Kingdom. Here is the “Chain of Command”: The Father wills a thing, Jesus speaks the thing, and the Holy Spirit brings the thing by supernatural revelation. We get revelation knowledge in times of intimacy. We all start to think alike. No vote is required. 

Thus, only when the Lord says to test, do we test. When the Lord says to release, we release. Even if the one being released was saved yesterday! Such things are to be expected. 

God always works outside the boxes of our thinking. We should expect, even seek the lifestyle of radical supernatural Church life! The mind yoked to the mind of Christ in complete dependence far exceeds the independent thinking mind. Since the dependent mind of the Spirit led person is capable of healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead, does not such a mind exceed the mind of man that cannot!? 

2Co 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Stop thinking and start drinking (drinking of the wine of the Holy Spirit that is!)! Then after a while, you will think great thoughts! Then your mind will be flooded with Kingdom thoughts that consist of revealed truth. You will think by revelation, thoughts you could never conclude. Such truths blow away whatever we conclude, however good sounding those conclusions might be.

Let me clarify that I am not at all talking about the elimination of human thought and conclusion! What I am saying is that we must first, in humility, die to our minds… thereafter use them! A mind fully yoked to the Mind of Christ is an amazing weapon!

Col 2:2-4 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments (the mind of man…). 

I’m not interested in what man thinks. I want to know what man hears. It is in the hearing and subsequent seeing that the Kingdom of God is made known.

Ro 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 

Lk 8:10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’

Oh how invaluable is revealed knowledge. It is more weighty than gold, more pricy that the finest diamonds!

For the church to move in the fullness of the call, it’s foundationsubstance and sustenance must be established and maintained by revelation of what is true in the Kingdom of God brought down to earth as it is in Heaven. Revelation hearing followed by revelation seeing results in a church structure that, in turn results in a great harvest of souls. For without revelation, no one can be saved.

Regarding our primary call to win souls, outside of revelation knowledge we can’t convince anyone of the truth of God’s existence.

Revelation knowledge works in and then through us as to who to speak to, when to speak, and what to say. It works in the ones we speak to for them to gain the truth. However, we don’t know when someone will turn. We must therefore speak boldly the truth in any season, ready at all times to give our testimony of God’s love. Trusting that His Word does not fall on deaf ears.

Main thing is, we take no credit for success, nor any condemnation for failure. Because, He is the one who makes it happen, not us. 

This entire discussion finds its basis in one word… dependence!

By our dependence, we succeed. Through our dependence, He moves. From our dependence, a harvest can be reaped. How invaluable then is humility, a humility that causes us willingly to go lower and lower still. Only in this way will we succeed in anything we do for Father’s Kingdom. 

How is it then that we select people for any position or release within the structure of a church outside the revelation of who and when the Father has chosen? Why then should anything be done by the church that is outside of revelation knowledge? Let this no longer be.

When God says it once, it is set in stone and is unchangeable. When He says it twice, He really means it. But, seven times this appears in Revelation…

Rev 3:22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Oh my goodness! What does this say about the church that does not have ears to hear what the Spirit says? I can only say this, such a place can be nowhere else but in error. 


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