One of the things I teach believers is how to escape error in life and ministry. One of the ways we escape error is not to turn an instruction of God into a perpetual principle for ministry. When people turn an instruction to a principle of ministering, they perpetuate error.
This was where some ministers of God several generations ago that received genuine instructions from God missed it especially some of them that didn’t know the Bible very well. Emblems such as water, handkerchiefs, olive oil and so on have been severely abused in some churches due to this error. The man that received the instruction actually heard God but it was later turned into a perpetual principle for ministry.
The Israelites made a very significant mistake by linking God with an emblem of the power of God. The Ark of the Covenant was part of the religious life for the children of Israel. Today, there are Christians that have replaced the Holy Spirit with some of the emblems that are given to us in the body of Christ. The fact that God told you as a Minister to minister healing to some people in a particular way today in your ministry does not mean you should turn it to a permanent pattern for Him to heal all the sick people He brings across your path. Avoid turning an instruction to a principle of ministering.
It is in the nature of man, part of the consequence of the fall, to always look for a method or an idol to connect your faith with. Man is always looking for something that works to stay with it. However, God is saying to us “I'm a Person, I want you to have a relationship with Me. The whole essence of giving you the Bible is for you to understand Me.”
PRAYER: I choose to go with the truth of the scripture and not be led astray into errors in my generation. Amen!
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18; John 14:15-31; Psalm 119:33-48; Proverbs 15:33
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