Last night during study we were in John 12, where Mary anoints Jesus’s feet. Man was this a power house of a night. The night before we were in James 1, I only want to touch on one verse from that text because it goes so beautifully with what the Holy Spirit revealed last night.
James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
The word delude means to mislead the mind or judgment, to deceive. So James warns us not to deceive ourselves into thinking because we ‘hear’ the word that is all that is needed. Let’s jump back to John 12. What was revealed last night was the levels of faith and what these levels of faith displayed.
There are two areas where He displayed this. The first is in verses 2-3; we see Martha serving, Lazarus is listening, and Mary is doing. What is it she is doing? She is anointing Jesus for His burial, yet how did she know He would die? Because she listened and BELIEVED Him. Therefore we see her step into action. Remember when she was the listener at His feet while Martha slaved away preparing for the feast?
I wanted to jump over this but the Spirit keeps putting it before me, last night when I got home I noticed something else. In verse 4 after Mary broke open the nard and the fragrance filled the room Judas Iscariot began to rebuke her. While I read this I heard within my spirit the parable of the sower and the seed. How the enemy comes to snatch away that which was good. How many times have you been filled with the presence of the Spirit and doing what it is that the Lord has placed within your heart, and someone comes and tries to stomp out your fire? This is what is happening in this text. My encouragement to you is trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean NOT on your own understanding, or on the understanding of another. TRUST IN THE LORD. Let HIM be your teacher!
The next text that displays the different levels of faith and the way this is revealed through their actions is in verses 29-30. When a voice came out of heaven, we see some hear thunder, others say an Angel spoke, and Jesus heard the voice. When Moses went up to the mountain for 40 days the people, riddled with idols and disbelief heard terrifying thunder. This filter (of idols and disbelief) caused the fear within them to rule. The next group of people believed, yet gave credit to Angels speaking. Have you ever listened to the Spirit of God and spoke to a friend about what He told you to say and they are shocked that you were able to give them a Word that resonated so perfectly? I have this happen ALL the time. I’ve been told I am in touch with the supernatural, that I have perfect timing, that I have great intuition, so on and so on. When all of these things are great compliments, they’re not the true reason as to why I was able to deliver that message. Just like the voice that came from heaven was not from Angels. Jesus says in verse 30 “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.” Jesus knew who was speaking, just as I have known who spoke to me for this other person. It wasn’t for MY sake that He gave me a Word for them, but so that they would believe God in me.
Friends, in John 17 Jesus prayed for those of us who would believe in Him because of the message they (the disciples) would speak. He prayed that WE would be ONE with HIM AND THE FATHER. That we would be as Jesus was, One with the FATHER. Revelation 12:10 says that the accuser is cast down by the blood of the lamb (Jesus) AND the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Jesus tells us if we love our lives we will lose it, but if we lose our life we will live. In John 6:63 He says that HIS WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE.
When you speak are you speaking as man, or as God? Are you one with God? God is speaking through His children, but many of you refuse to see God in man. You SAY yes we are one with Christ, yet live as mere men. Believe as mere men. When God speaks, do you hear thunder, think it’s an Angel, or do you KNOW the Father’s voice? Do you get caught up in the flesh that God is using to speak to you, thinking that there is NO WAY SHE IS ONE WITH THE FATHER AS JESUS WAS. Do you even think that it is possible for man to live as one as the Father?
Friends, until we live the testimony as Christ in us no one will ever believe that Jesus’s prayer is answered.