The man is now so sure that God has bidden him do this or that. He is filled with the thought that he has been highly favoured of God, and chosen for some high place in His Kingdom. The deeply hidden self-love is fed and strengthened by this, and he is able to endure all things by the power of this secret strength. He has been spoken to by God! He has been singled out for special favour!

His support is now within upon his experience, rather than upon God Himself, and the written Word. Through this secret confidence that God has specially spoken to him, the man becomes unteachable and unyielding, with a positiveness trending on infallibility. He cannot listen to others now, for they have not had this ‘direct’ revelation from God.

He is in direct, special, personal communion with God, and to question any ‘direction’ given to him, becomes the height of sin. Obey he must, even though the direction given is contrary to all enlightened judgment, and the action commanded opposed to the spirit of the Word of God.

In brief, when the man at this stage believes he has a ‘command’ from God, he will not use his reason, because he thinks it would be ‘carnal’ to do so—‘common sense’ is lack of faith, and therefore sin—and ‘conscience’ for the time being, has ceased to speak. Jesse Penn Lewis

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Miracles can be deceiving

Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

So many people are interested in miracles. They think that the miracles prove that God is speaking and that the man or woman has the power of God. That is simply not the case. We should all know from this verse that at least some times Satan will give miracle power to deceive people. The way to know the truth is not by a miracle but by the Word of God.

Always check with the written Word not what you can see or feel. Never trust either. The Bible is how God reveals Himself!

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