I heard a man speak once and his speech left me confused. He talked about religions but never mentioned God. He talked about values, morals, and destiny but never mentioned a particular God, but rather he talked about different religions that he had been trained in and was following. His whole speech seemed to be saying something but in the end I didn’t know what it was.
I spoke to him a few weeks later and asked him about the different religions that he had studied and what he believed about each. With his interest in various religions he seemed very interested in our conversation, as I was. Then I asked him, “With the knowledge of all of these religions and following them so closely, have you chosen one that you believe is the truth or the right one.
His answer was that he followed all of them and took the best things from each of them. From our conversation, I learned that he didn’t put more weight in Christianity than any of the other religions.
I have learned that the best way to talk to someone about the faith message is not to say anything about what they already believe but to share with them what you know to be the real thing. The best way is to share what you have experienced. You can’t take someone somewhere you haven’t been or teach them something you haven’t experienced yourself. You can tell them about something but not any further than what you have read or heard. But if you have experienced it for yourself there is no end to what you can say.
It is like going it to a travel agency to set up a trip. The travel agent is telling you information from the brochure; what there is to see and do at the various locations and which one has the most stars. It still leaves you feeling vague about which one would be the best destination for you to visit.
Then another agent comes in from the back and begins to share about his trips to some of these different locations. He shares what he liked and didn’t like about each one. He talks about the different kinds of food served in each place and which were set up the most elegantly. He talks about the best places to go if you liked to dance or watch entertainment, or if you wanted to go on excursions or hiking. He talks about which places are the safest and what to do and not to do when you are at each place. It was so much better to talk to someone who had been to these places. He could teach you from his experience and you could ask the questions and get answers that a book couldn’t tell you.
While talking to this man, I did share a bit but I seemed to be at a loss for words. Me, at a loss for words really, you might think. Yes. In that moment I didn’t know what to say. But as I said goodbye and walked away from this man I thought, what should I have said that would have reached this man? Into my head came, I’m the only one who died for you. That almost stopped me in my tracks. I knew who had given me that thought. He had spoken to me many times before. I have learned that this is called a word of knowledge.
I kept walking that day but a week later I saw this man again. I was able to say to the man, “When I was walking away from you the other day, God gave me a message for you.”
“What was that?” He asked.
I could tell he was really interested so I said, “He said, I’m the only one who died for you.”
“Okay.” He said. “Thank you for telling me that.”
I don’t know what he did with that information but I knew I was to tell the man what I heard. So I did. I’m sure it was what the man needed to hear or God would have given me a different message for him.
We need to hear from the Holy Spirit and to desire His gifts so we can experience Him and also so He can work through us to help others.
Other blog entries where God has given me knowledge or wisdom, through His still small voice, are My Niece’s Heart- My Awakening, Door to Door Ministry, Help from God Raising My Children, Take Aunt Vesta Flowers, and Experiencing God. And these gifts are also talked about in the blog entry Supernatural Power.
The first commandment of the ten commandments is found in;
Exodus 20:3 (AMP) “You shall have no other gods before Me. and it is repeated in Deuteronomy 5:7
Deuteronomy 4:39 (AMP) Therefore know and understand today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on the earth below; there is no other.
There are at least 43 verses in the Bible that say this. http://www.bible.ca/trinity/trinity-oneness-unity-one-god.htm
The word of knowledge and word of wisdom and hearing from the Holy Spirit are found in the next verses.
1 Corinthians 12:7-8 (NKJV) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
1 Kings 19:12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 10:27-28 (NKJV)27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.