‘These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’ Col 2.17 NIV.
Hearing God well is not associated with earning our salvation or paying back Jesus for what He did. The best prophecy comes when we are not trying. The worst when we feel we must prophesy or speak out what we are thinking because we have been conditioned at some ‘prophetic activation’ seminar or because we need to be seen as spiritual and ‘moving in the Spirit. This can promote misguided words bordering on well-meant nonsense. The fruits of the Spirit come from our rootedness in our Father. The gifts, the charismata and visions and dreams are a function of our new covenant rootedness in Father. This is the soil of the anointing. The latter has no independent existence and is not a thing in itself. The fruit that is the Spirit comes from our root in our Father. Jesus’ union with Father meant that He had the Spirit without limit.
‘The Kingdom of God cannot be grown by bolting Holy Spirit onto law and old covenant.’
Genuine and reliable Kingdom life with the gifts of the Spirit is not associated with anything of a law or with a performance taint. Rooted in law or religion the Spirit both fades and is vulnerable to take over. This is because the Spirit, life in the Spirit and the gifts that flow are the fruitage of we and Father being as one. God has made us one. In Christ this is an accomplished fact and cannot be taken away. But we need to live in His present new covenant reality and not remain in a reality that has passed away because it was not designed to last.
We are not living in the Spirit of Sonship if we are tied to the law and model a Christian version of the Knowledge of good and evil. This mindset separates us from God and the One Spirit. Here we are workers and slaves which makes for forced and garbled ‘words’ purportedly from God. False prophecy does not usually come from bad people. But it can come from bad doctrine.
Some cultures are entirely bereft of spiritual discernment and gifts of knowledge. Living in a self-induced separation from God whether by choice or bad teaching they are reliant on human wisdom, gossip and soulish assumptions to steer their way through the schemes of the Enemy. I have known some church leaders to gain their assessment of an organization from the gossip and opinions expressed in the car on the way from the airport. These assumptions lack wisdom and revelation as well as grace. If we live from a culture of law it likely that we will make decisions on the basis of politics and judgmentalism. There is a reason why some cultures are short on grace and replete with criticism.
To be marinated in Christ is to be all that we can be and more. To live from the law, from formulations and performance is to neuter ourselves so that we are perpetually anaesthetized against kingdom spirit and life. Paul calls this culture a body of death. The addition of Holy Spirit and the charismata to the law and old covenant is not the gospel of the Kingdom. It cannot be sustained and will not advance it. Kingdom life is our life in Father that brings the Spirit without limit.
Francois Du Toit writes, ‘Soul realm sources it's wisdom from information gathered and interpreted through the senses and filtered through the familiar avenues of our cultural, historical or personal references.
There is another source though! Supreme and so significant when one's ears begin to hear the whispers of spirit to spirit resonance - the Logic of a thought incarnate inside of you - a knowing that you are known, entirely- even from before time was- and that you are loved - unconditionally and very intentionally!
This understanding cuts like a two edged sword to the division of soul and spirit, ending the dominance of the sense realm and its neutralizing effect upon the human spirit. In this way man’s spirit is freed to become the ruling influence again in the thoughts and intentions of the heart.’
See Heb 4:12 in the Mirror Bible.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever’ John 6.56-58 NIV.
Living from the old covenant leaves us sons notionally. Living in the new makes us sons in spirit and in truth. To see Jesus is to see yourself. To see yourself as a function of law or anything less than Jesus is to denude yourself of spirit and life. But this life is ours in abundance when we are alive because we eat Him!