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Evangelism:
The Time Is Now!

Section 4, Chapter 2

How We Relate To Jesus
To Get The Answers To Our Needs

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FIRST, GET ALL THE OBJECTIVE FACTS

The first step to getting the answer to our needs is studying and investigating all the objective facts related to the problem we need an answer to.

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OBJECTIVE: Dealing with things external to the mind like a person, a book, an apple, etcetera; rather than with thoughts or feelings (1 John 1:1-4).

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SUBJECTIVE: That which is not tangible in physical reality but rather thought, imagined, perceived, or discerned in the spirit, soul, mind and heart. (1 Cor 2:9-11).

There are two sides to Biblical Christianity that lean to two extremes: the Conservatives and the Charismatics. The Conservatives tend to reject anything subjective as a means of the discernment of truth. The Charismatics tends to reject anything to do with the intellect stating that they are led by the Spirit. Both are right and both are wrong.

The Conservative is right in that before we put stock into anything subjective we must first take into consideration the objective facts before us. God gave us a mind and he expects us to use it. When we reject the use of the mind we are not rejecting the Holy Spirit but one of Godís created avenues in our personality to help us discern what is true.

When we reject the subjective leading of the Holy Spirit, though, we are equally in error. Jesus said in John 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." In other words Jesus was saying that if we trust in our intellect alone and in just what we see objectively we will also fall into error. Why? Because what we see objectively does not always reflect what is going on in a personís heart and mind. It doesnít reflect manís motives for what he does or does not do. Many times when a personís motives are taken into consideration we realize he is innocent to charges based only on objective facts alone.

One example in Scripture on this point is when the Prophet Samuel was looking over Jesseís sons who were prospects to become king of Israel. One of Jesseís sons, Eliab, for some reason caught Samuelís attention objectively so that Samuel said to himself, "Surely Yehovahís anointed is before Him." What was Yehovahís response?

1 Samuel 16:7 "But Yehovah said to Samuel, ĎDo not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for I do not see what man sees, for man looks at the eyes, but Yehovah looks at the heart.í"

This is why the Scribes and Pharisees always judged Jesus wrongly. They judged by what they saw in man outwardly. They would say things to Jesus like, "Donít you know what manner of person this is that is touching you or you are dealing with?" The Scribes and Pharisees only saw the outside of the man. Jesus saw what was in the heart.

The reason why we start with the objective facts first though is because we are more inclined to listen first to our feelings and thoughts subjectively. We need to investigate the objective facts first so that when we turn to Jesus in prayer for insight on the things we cannot see (subjective facts), we can determine whether what we believe we are receiving subjectively is true by comparing it with what is absolutely true objectively. Subjective truth will never contradict what is true objectively. What it will do is give us the ability to see the objective facts in proper and true perspective. The Bible states that even Satan disguises himself as an angle of light (2 Cor 11:14) so it is very dangerous to rely on subjective impressions alone.

Another reason why it is dangerous to rely on subjective impressions alone is because we are not without sin like Jesus. Our flesh is hopelessly corrupt. Because of the corruptness of our flesh, often what we think is the Holy Spiritís leading is nothing more than our prejudice response to a personís beliefs, our subconscious prejudices and presuppositions coming to the surface. Getting the objective facts first will help us to discern that what we think is Holy Spirit insight really is Holy Spirit insight and not just self projecting his or her own beliefs and prejudices.

It is because of our corrupted flesh, hidden presuppositions and prejudices, that we also must never say, "The Lord has shown me this about you." Maybe the Lord has and maybe he has not. When you make a statement like that, what are you doing? You are trying to force the individual to submit to your conscience, not Jesusí. Because you have a corrupted nature, you can never be sure that what you receive subjectively is absolutely true. For this reason you should say, "I could be wrong, but could this be the problem?" Or, "I could be wrong, but I think the Lord is showing me this about you." This is an indirect way of telling the person what you think Jesus is showing you about his problem. This then frees the Holy Spirit to confirm or unconfirm to the individual that what you said is true or false and leaves the discussion open for further prayer for insight into the true nature of the problem. Any other approach is evil and fraudulent to the individual you are ministering to because again you are asking him to trust in your conscience and integrity whereas the approach suggested above gives God the freedom to confirm or unconfirm that what you say is true and thus he is submitting to Jesusí authority, not your authority. (Jer 17:5-8, 9).

The first step then to effective ministry and counseling is getting all the objective facts related to the need being ministered to.

SECOND, TAKE IT TO JESUS IN PRAYER

After getting all the objective facts about a personís problem or need, take this objective information to Jesus through prayer to get the Lordís insight on these problems.

Depending on how serious or urgent the issue is, it is good to sit on what you believe is the Lords answer to you for a couple of days. Give Jesus and the Holy Spirit ample time to confirm to you that what you believe is His answer really is His answer.

If these insights relate to a friend, share them with them and then let them respond. You may need to seek the Lord two or three times about their problem before getting all needed information related to the true root of the problem and to the true root solution.

What we want to deal with now is how we approach Jesus for the answer to our and otherís needs.

THROUGH WORSHIP AND PRAISE

Christianity is relationship with Jesus, and the way to get to the root of our problems, whether it be in relationship to ourselves, Jesus, or others, and know how to pray or minister in a given situation, is by going to Jesus, the answer to all our needs, through worship and praise.

JESUSí COMMAND

The writer of Psalms states Psalm 100:4 "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name." Scripture commands us clearly that when we come to Jesus with a problem we are to approach Him first through worship and praise.

JESUSí PROMISE

When we obey Jesusí instructions in how to approach Him, He promises to manifest Himself to us, and give us the answer to our needs. Jesus states,

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to Him."

Why is it so important that we approach Jesus through worship and praise? First, it gets our eyeís off of ourselves or the person we are trying to minister to, the problem; and on to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the solution to all our problems. Second, it frees us from our own ideas and our own strife so that we can be free to receive Jesusí ideas and instructions concerning the problem. The Prophet Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, said,

Isaiah 55:8-9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. . . . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."

HOW WE APPROACH JESUS
THROUGH
WORSHIP AND PRAISE

THROUGH LIFTING OF HANDS

How do we approach Jesus through worship and praise? First, by lifting up our hands toward heaven. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:8 "Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension." Jeremiah tells us that when we lift up our hands toward God in worship and praise we are lifting up our spiritual heart to Jesus. He states in Lamentations 3:41 "We lift up our heart to hands toward God in heaven." This is important because we want Jesus to deal with our hearts so that we can minister His heart to the heart of the individual we are talking to. The end result will be that the root of the personís problem will be ministered to and then they will be healed or have their need truly met.

Approaching Jesus through worship and praise, through verbal and physical expression of lifting of hands in obedience to Jesusí commands concerning worship, is not a striving necessarily emotional outburst of our person. Rather, it is a restful first step of obedience through physical expression of openness to Jesus and His will for our lives in the matter being sought.

Since the heart and will of man are synonymous, when we will to lift up our hands in obedience to Jesus, we are actually turning our hearts to Jesus since it is our hearts or will that lifts our hands. Lifting of hands, then, is a physical expression of surrender of oneís will, the heart of man, to Jesusí will, the heart of Jesus.

IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

Second, when we worship God, Jesus says we are to worship God in Spirit and truth. Jesus states,

John 4:23-24 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is Spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Paul states in Philippians 3:3 "For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit-of-God and glory in Christ-Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh."

WHAT IT MEANS TO WORSHIP
IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH

ONE SPIRIT WITH JESUSí SPIRIT

What does it mean to worship in Spirit and truth? First of all, it is important to know and understand that when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord the Holy Spirit comes immediately to live in our belly and become one spirit with our spirit. Paul states,

Ephesians 1:13-14 "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvationóhaving also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of Godís own possession, to the praise of His glory."

1 Corinthians 6:17, "But the one who joins himself to Adonai is one spirit with Him."

Jesus states,

John 7:37-39 "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ĎFrom out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.í But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive."

OUR NEEDS MET THROUGH
UNION WITH JESUSí SPIRIT

Second, as has been shared earlier, worshiping God in Spirit and truth means that we receive Jesusí will and plan for our life and His answer to our needs in relation to ourselves, Jesus, and others by Jesusí Holy Spirit through our human spirit. Paul states,

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 "But just as it is written, ĎThings which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.í For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God."

Paul tells us that Godís answer to our needs does not come through our hearts, our souls, but through our human spirit. As Paul said earlier in the book of Philippians, His confidence was not in his education or his flesh, but in Jesus alone to minister the answer he needed through the Holy Spirit (Phil 3:3).

This is not referring to physical laws, such as trying to defy gravity by jumping off a building; or to what is already clearly revealed in Scripture such as the command against committing adultery and then rationalizing oneís way around this by saying he had some spiritual experience which said it is okay now.61 The Apostle Paul states in Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." But when it comes to our relationship to God, ourselves, and to others; since we cannot know Jesusí heart, our heart truly, and manís heart apart from Jesus, the only way we can get the answers to hidden heart issues in these three areas is through Jesus ministering it to us by the Holy Spirit through our human spirit. The Apostle Paul states,

1 Corinthians 2:11 "For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God."

As was mentioned earlier, the prophet Jeremiah said that the heart of man is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick. It is not possible for us to know our own hearts truly, let alone someone elseís, apart from the Spirit of God. The Lord goes on to say through Jeremiah in this same passage of Scripture, Jeremaih 17:10 "I, Yehovah, search the heart, I test the reins, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."

The key to success in ministry, whether it is related to Evangelism, follow-up, counseling, or praying for a mental, physical, spiritual, or demonic problem, is getting to the root of the matter; the true heart of the matter. This is why we are not qualified to judge situations, which involve people, as they appear outwardly. Jesus said in John 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." The Apostle Paul put it this way,

1 Cor 4:3-5 "Therefore do not go on judging anything before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of menís hearts; and then each manís praise will come to him from God."

This is exactly the way that Jesus operated in ministry as a man on earth and still does in heaven. When He came face to face with a situation, no matter how obviously good or bad it appeared on the surface, He waited for the evaluation of His Father in heaven, ministered to Him by the Holy Spirit through His Human spirit.

This is also why the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesusí day always misjudged his actions and associations with certain questionable people. The Scribes and Pharisees were looking at things as they appeared outwardly. They were not discerning Jesusí actions and associations with people by the Holy Spirit. Had they discerned Jesusí actions by the Holy Spirit, they would not have condemned him, but instead supported Him whether they fully understood or not. Jesus said if a manís heart is truly open to the Spirit of God through his human spirit, he would know whether a teaching is from God or not. Jesus said in John 7:17 "If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from Myself."

Remember our earlier example about Samuel picking a king? Samuel judged by outward appearance, but God judged by what he saw in the heart. Jesus does not judge us by what He sees outwardly, but by what He sees in our heart. This is why a lot of times when we view someone in ministry from his outward appearance he does not seem fit for the job, but God looks at the heart and sees that his heart is right for the job.

In order to worship God in Spirit and truth we must know the true root and heart of the situation encountered and what Jesusí will and heart are to be able to pray in truth concerning the situation.

HOW TO WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT

We understand now that the importance of worship and praise is that it gets our eyes off of ourselves, the problem, and on to Jesus, the solution to our problems. We also now understand that this is important in relation to manís constitution because only Jesus knows manís thoughts and heart and the root cause of his problems. We also now understand that Jesus ministers to us what the root of the problem is through our human spirit in union with the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said in John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who creates-life; the flesh profits nothing."

It is still not clear to us yet, though, what it means to worship in the Spirit so that we can worship in truth. To understand what it means to worship in truth, we must first understand what it means to worship in the Spirit. This can be understood by taking other passages of Scripture into consideration which deal with the same subject.

PAUL AND JUDEíS COMMAND TO ALL BELIEVERS

The first passage I want to consider is from Ephesians 6:18. Here Paul admonishes, "With all prayer and petition praying at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints." A second passage is found in Jude 20 "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit."

When Paul and Jude admonish us to pray in the Spirit, to whom is the admonition directed? The answer to this question can be found in the first verse in both the books of Ephesians and Jude. In Ephesians 1:1 Paul states, "Paul, an apostle of Christ-Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ-Jesus." In Jude 1, Jude states, "Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus-Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God-the-Father, and kept for Jesus-Christ." The command to pray in the Spirit then is to:

  1. The Saints

  2. The Faithful in Christ Jesus

  3. The Called

  4. The Beloved in God the Father

  5. And the Kept for Christ Jesus

Who are the saints? The saints are those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Who are the Faithful in Christ Jesus? Those who do not shrink back to destruction, "But of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul." (Heb 10:36-39). Who are the called? Jesus said in John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain." The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:20 "And Isaiah is very bold and says, ĎI was found by those who sought Me not, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.í" Who are the beloved in God the Father? They are the saints, the faithful in Christ Jesus, the called, the beloved in God the Father, and the kept for Christ Jesus. Who are the kept for Christ Jesus? His church the bride whom the Father will some day present to Jesus without spot or wrinkle.62

Getting back to the question, when Paul and Jude admonish to pray in the Spirit continually, who is the admonishment toward? To put it simply, to anyone who has accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. So whatever praying in the Spirit is, it is clearly meant for all believers without exception.

PAULíS DEFINITION OF PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

The next place that Paul talks about praying in the Spirit is in 1 Corinthians. Paul states in 1 Corinthians 14:14 "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful." Paul states here plainly that praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues. He also makes it plain that the mind is unfruitful in this exercise. This makes sense since it originates from the spirit and not the mind which is part of the soul. Does this mean that the mind cannot eventually be involved? No!

HOW TO WORSHIP IN TRUTH

PAULíS COMMAND

What else does Paul say about praying in the Spirit in 1 Corinthians? Paul states in 1 Corinthians 14:13 "Therefore let one who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret." We have already established that praying in the Spirit is meant for all believers without exception and that praying in the Spirit is praying in tongues (please note the reference ),63 but why does Paul admonish us to pray for an interpretation of the tongue we are praying in? This answer can be found in considering another passage of Scripture. Paul states in Romans 8:26-27,

"And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

We go to Jesus through worship and praise because only Jesus knows the root of the problem and the answer to our need. Jesus gives the answer to the Holy Spirit, which the Holy Spirit then asks the Father to give to us or the person we are praying for as we pray in our spiritual language, because praying in tongues about a need is the Holy Spirit praying through our human spirit. The Holy Spirit is God and knows exactly what we need. His prayer through our spirit is a perfect prayer and exactly according to Godís will because the Holy Spirit only acts out of the initiative of Jesus who only acts out of the initiative of the Father.

The problem is, though, what we are praying in the Spirit may be what we need in order to know what to say or do in a given situation, but if I do not know what I am praying in my tongue, of what benefit is it to me? This is why Paul says if you pray in the Spirit, pray for an interpretation. What will be the outcome then? Paul gives us the answer to this question in the first book of Corinthians. He states in 1 Corinthians 14:15 "What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the Spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the Spirit and I shall sing with the mind also."

JOHNíS PROMISE AND PAULíS PROMISE

When we receive the interpretation of our prayer in the Spirit, we then know what to pray in our native language. The end result is our mind, our soul, is then able to cooperate with Godís will in the matter. Also, because it is according to the will of God we are assured of having what we prayed for and thus become at peace in our hearts and minds because we know we have what we have asked for. The Apostle John states in the first Epistle of John,

1 John 5:14-15 "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him."

Paul then states in the book of Philippians,

Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

How many times have we prayed about something but had no assurance of the outcome because we did not know Jesusí will in the matter. Jesus does not want us shooting arrows into the dark. He wants us to pray or minister according to His will and be at peace and assured in our hearts and minds of the outcome (Eph 5:15-17). This is accomplished through worship and praise, praying in our spiritual language, and then asking Jesus for the interpretation so that we can then pray in truth with our understanding according to His will in our native tongue.

This is what it means to pray in Spirit and truth. To requote the Apostle Paul, Philippians 3:3 "For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit-of-God and glory in Christ-Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh." No confidence in the flesh to minister or act outside of the directive of Jesus through the Holy Spirit as a result of worship and praise and worshiping in Spirit and truth.

THIRD, CHECK THE ANSWER
WITH
JESUSí WORD

What do I mean by Conservative Evangelical Charismatic concepts of Evangelism? We mean Evangelical in the sense that Jesusí will for the church is to seek and to save the lost, and to seek and to save the lost by drawing men to Himself.

We mean Charismatic in the sense that in order for our evangelism to be effective and ministered in love it must be Jesus centered and be motivated out of love-relationship with Jesus.

We mean Conservative in that our evangelism, Evangelistically- Charismatically oriented, must be motivated within the guidelines of Scripture and be brought into submission to the Bible in its total context to be certain that our evangelism and ministering is truly Jesus centered and truly motivated out of love relationship with Jesus.

I believe that the BIBLE is the absolute inspired inerrant Word of God (1 Tim 3:16, Heb 4:12) down to the letter in the original Greek and Hebrew (Matt 5:17-19) and that it is absolutely true truth and inerrant in all that it affirms in the history of man and the cosmos (Gen 1), in all that it teaches theologically concerning man and God (Matt 1, Luke 1-2, Heb 4:12), in all that it teaches and affirms historically, and in all that it teaches scientifically. I do not believe that what the Bible teaches is exhaustive truth, but that what it does teach is absolutely true truth without error. I believe this because Jesus claimed it was so (Matt 5:17-19, John 5:46-47) and because He came back from the dead to give us absolute proof that it is so (John 2:18-22).

JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO OUR NEEDS

Someone at this point may come along and say, "I have the Word of God, I have all I need." Jesus gave a response to this in the Gospel of John,

John 5:39-40 "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life."

Jesus is the answer to manís needs, not the Bible. Jesus died on the cross to save man spiritually, soulishly and physically, not the Bible. Jesus said in the Gospel of John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." We are saved by putting our trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross and that alone to save us from our sins and by literally entering into relationship with Him.64 We are sanctified and healed spiritually, soulishly and physically by fixing our eyes on Jesus and trusting Him to sanctify and heal us through His Holy Spirit in His time and in His way. The writer of Hebrews states in Hebrews 12:2,

"Fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

And Paul states in Romans 8:6-8,

"For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace; because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the Law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God."

To have your mind set on the flesh is to look to yourself not only for salvation but in sanctification and in how to share the Gospel with others and minister healing to yourself as well as to others. To have your mind on the Spirit simply means to fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, to save, sanctify, and heal yourself and others through you as He leads you through worship and praise and in Spirit and truth.

The Bible is Jesusí sword by which He guides us. The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." The Bible is the sword of Jesus through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, not the sword of man.

We do not know manís soul, mind and heart and as a result are not qualified in ourselves to judge men by what they say or how they appear. Because we do not know what is going on inside of man truly, we cannot possibly know what Scriptures apply to a given situation. Jesus does know what is going on inside of man as well as outside of man truly, therefore only Jesus can know what Scriptures truly apply to a given situation.

If, in going to Jesus with our need, quoting a passage of Scripture is the immediate answer, Jesus will then lead us to the appropriate passages that will give a solution to the heart of the problem. It is at that point that the Bible becomes spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and brings about the change in the personís life it is supposed to.65

When we try to apply the Word of God to ourselves or others without the initiative of Jesus first, we only end up putting ourselves and others under condemnation and strife and push ourselves and others further away from the solution to the need since we do not know for certain apart from Jesusí enlightenment what the root of the problem truly is. Only Jesus knows a manís heart and thoughts and psychology truly, therefore only Jesus can know what appropriate Scriptures apply to any one given situation.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD ESSENTIAL
TO KNOW JESUSí LEADING

Does this mean we are not supposed to read the Bible? Absolutely not. Jesus said, recorded in the Gospel of John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the words of God." Paul the Apostle wrote,

Colossians 3:16 "Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you; with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

For the same reason we need training in Evangelism, we need to study exhaustively the Word of God. Jesus cannot lead us to the Word of God in our seeking Him for answers to our needs unless we know the Word of God. Jesus can only lead us by what we know. Jesus, in talking about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives, said in John 14:26 "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 that I said to you."

The better we know the Word, the more effectively Jesus is going to be able to use us. At the same time we cannot be certain that what we believe is Jesusí leading in our lives through the ministry of the Holy Spirit is truly Jesusí leading unless it is backed and supported by the Bible: Godís inerrant Word. This is why Isaiah, Paul, and the writer of Hebrews state,

Isaiah 8:19-20 "And when they say to you, ĎConsult the familiar-spirits and the wizards who whisper and mutter,í should not a people consult his-Elohim? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn."

John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is give-by-inspiration-of-God and profitable for teaching for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart."

Not only will we be able to distinguish what is truly Jesusí voice through a thorough knowledge of Godís Word, but the writer of Hebrews also tells us we will also be able to distinguish what are truly the separate parts of manís constitution, their interrelatedness, and through Jesusí guidance through the Holy Spirit come to know what aspects of the Word apply to any given situation to truly deal with the heart of the matter in that part of manís constitution that it truly relates to.

In this sense and context the Word-of-God is final authority over all issues. The word of God is final authority over the so called voice of Jesus or voice of the Holy Spirit.66

How often I hear Christians say, "What a person believes about the Word of God is not what is important but that he believes in Jesus!" What Jesus? The Jesus of Mormonism or Jehovah Witness or Hinduism or the New Age movement? The Word of God is Jesusí provided measuring stick to help us determine who the real Jesus is and what is truly His voice to us through the Holy Spirit.67 Francis A. Schaeffer in his book, Escape From Reason, stated it this way:

"It is not a question of God revealing Himself in Jesus Christ only, because there is not enough content in this if it is separated from the Scriptures. It then becomes only another contentless banner, for all we know of what that revelation of Christ was comes from the Scriptures. Jesus Himself did not make a distinction between His authority and the authority of the written Scriptures. He acted upon the unity of His authority and the content of the Scripture."68/83

A person is not saved because he receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, he is saved when he receives as Savior and Lord the Jesus Christ described and defined in the Bible. That is why Evangelism is first educating the person about Jesus the Bible talks about and what that Jesus did for their salvation (see p. 4 of the Salvation Tract What Is Eternal Life?). Only when they are with understanding receiving the Jesus described in the Bible will they be saved.

The important thing for us to understand here is that Jesus is the answer to our need and knows what Scripture is needed in a given situation. Regardless of what we need, we enter into relationship with Jesus first to get the answer to our need through worship and praise and in Spirit and truth. We go to the Bible to train our minds and senses to discern that what we are receiving from Jesus through worship and praise is truly Jesus and His voice, because the Bible plainly states that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.83 Jesus will never lead us contrary to the Word of God,80 but Satan will. Godís Word is final authority, not what we think is Jesusí voice.

FOURTH, CHECK IT WITH ALL OTHER PROVEN FACTS NOT GIVEN IN THE BIBLE

In relating to Jesus to get the answer to our needs, first, we consider the objective facts; second, we take the objective facts to Jesus in prayer through worship and praise and in spirit and truth to get any subjective impressions not seen on the surface; third, we check the subjective impressions with the word of God to be sure that what we believe is Jesusí revelation through the Holy Spirit is truly Jesusí revelation because He never leads us contrary to the Word of God; and fourth, we check what we believe is Jesusí leading with all proven facts not given in the Bible, but not in contradiction to it.

FORMAL EDUCATIONíS PLACE
IN OUR
RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

If we are to be successful in life and to know for certain what is Jesusí leading in our life, a foundational knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is of first greatest importance. But this does not mean that limiting your education to the Word of God alone can make you a qualified minister in any field, otherwise, we would not need colleges and universities with fields in science, medicine, psychology, etcetera. What a knowledge of the Word of God will do is give us the ability to discern what is true and what is false in the natural sciences that we pursue. Francis A. Schaeffer states,

"It is an important principle to remember, in the contemporary interest in communication and in language study, that the biblical presentation is that, though we do not have exhaustive truth, we have from the Bible what I term true truth. In this way we know true truth about God, true truth about nature. Thus on the basis of the Scriptures, while we do not have exhaustive knowledge, we have true and unified knowledge."68/21

Airplanes are designed taking into consideration the unchanging law of gravity. Now you could study gravity the rest of your life, but this would never lead you to an adequate understanding of the physics and design of an airplane. But if you tried to build an airplane without taking the law of gravity into consideration first, you would never get off the ground, or if you did by some miracle get off the ground, you would probably end up crashing in the end. In other words you would fall into error. The Bible states in Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." The law of gravity is the Bible of Aerodynamics. You cannot build an airplane with the knowledge of the law of gravity alone, but without this foundational understanding of the law of gravity first, you can never be sure that your science of aerodynamics is not in error, right, or safe, let alone whether or not it will get off the ground.

In the same sense the Bible does not tell us all there is to know about science, history, and the cosmos; but it does give us enough information in order to help us determine that the way we are pursuing our sciences and the way we are using our sciences is not in error.

For example: Uniformatarianism (evolution) states that the present is the key to the past, that the present aging process of the earth is as it always was from the beginning and that the fossil layers are our proof to this fact and that men evolved from lower forms to higher forms until he became man.

The Bible in opposition to this tells us that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal twenty-four hour days (Genesis Chapters 1-3); and the separate species spontaneously to reproduce only after their own kind during that six days; and that the fossil layers are a result of not slow progressive layering over millions of years, but as a result of an instant catastrophe called the Genesis World Flood which instantly destroyed all life forms upon the earth except Noah, his family, and the collected animals upon the Ark (Genesis Chapters 6-9, 2 Pet 3:3-7).

Since the theory of evolution contradicts Godís Word it is therefore false and must be rejected as truth. As long as science holds onto these false presuppositions as a basis for truth it will never come to the truth but will instead get farther and farther away from the truth and continue to bear the fruits of immorality in our society that it supports. Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." Romans 3:4 "Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar." Jesus said in John 5:46-47 "For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me: for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"

The Franciscan Friar Roger Bacon, back in the thirteenth century, said that there are two sources of knowledge given to us by God: the book called the Bible and the book called nature.71/100-101 If a person feels called to be an electronic engineer, and the next day is presented with an engineering problem to solve, without any previous schooling in electronic engineering, going to Jesus in worship and praise and in Spirit and truth for the answer is not going to help him. Why? Because Jesus through the Holy Spirit leads us to the solution to our needs by what we know. In this case the answer the person would probably get from the Lord would be to go to college and get a foundation in electronic engineering by completing a Bachelor of Science degree first, then He will show him the next step.

There are some special times when Jesus does give us knowledge beyond our knowledge. Harold Hill, an electric engineer, in his book, How to Live Like A Kingís Kid, tells a story about some complicated electronic equipment that a set of technicians could not get to operate. Hill himself being an engineer and not knowing what to do prayed about it and the Lord gave him a mental read out, as he puts it, that told him exactly where the problem was, and thus by this revelation was able to get the equipment running.72/157

These men, including Hill, had done all they knew to do in the natural and with the knowledge they had, but when a solution was not found, Hill was able to turn to the supernatural, Jesus, since his field at that point did not have an answer in this area of knowledge, and was able to get the answer they needed supernaturally.

I do not know all that the Bible has to say about theology and Godís truths and principles, but I have read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation enough times that Jesus is able by the Holy Spirit to direct me to those specific passages that will give me the answer to my present theological problem.

In the same sense, having a degree in psychology or medicine or electronic engineering or whatever your field may be, does not make you an automatic success in these fields, but without this background information Jesus is not going to be able to bring to your remembrance the relevant principles of your particular field that is the right answer to your particular present problem at hand.

To depend on your knowledge alone will lead to error when it comes to dealing with man, particularly because of the complexity of our inner problems. But to try and minister to someone having a problem that requires a professional education in Biblical psychology, without that back ground, solely through relationship with Jesus will also lead to error. Jesus leads us by what we know. Therefore, if Jesus is calling you to be a Christian psychologist, then to be a good psychologist you first need to know what Godís word teaches on the subject; second, you need to go to school and get a degree in psychology and then continually keep reading up on all the latest data as much as you are able. Why? So that Jesus by His Holy Spirit can more intelligently, more exactly show you what particular specific points of your previous education apply to the present need at hand.

When it comes to peopleís needs or needs in science, irrespective of what we know, the Bible tells us we must approach Jesus like little children, as if we know nothing about the present need at hand. Why? Because only Jesus knows what aspects of our past education best applies to present problems at hand. This is because only Jesus knows exhaustively all the subjective and objective details involved. We do not because we are finite. Because we are finite we are foolish to not take His counsel into consideration as well in our considering how best to approach a problem since He is infinite and knows exhaustively all the details involved.

When it comes to getting the right answers to our problems, whether it be in relation to a personís need, our needs, or our needs as related to our fields, it is not an either or situation. We need, first, a good strong foundation in the Word of God; second, an adequate educational background in our field; and then finally, we need to submit that knowledge to the Lordship and counsel of Jesus if we are to have the right answers to our present and daily problems and the right answers quickly.

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