Ever been driving down the road, listening to your favorite radio station and all of a sudden have it drowned out by the next strongest station either below or above it? Maddening is'nt it. Depending on locale, weather, or interference, many things can cause such a thing to happen. Having done nothing wrong, or different this can still happen. The radio is on. The station is pre-selected. Volume set to desired setting. Anxious to listen.
The same can be said of "hearing" from the Lord. It's happened a thousand times before. The approach is routine, with no deviating. I'm tuning in, as I desire to hear from the Lord. Ears and eyes set and waiting. Anxious to listen.
Most of the time, all goes well. But God is not the only one who knows that we are listening. At times there is outside interference from the Father of Lies. So then which station is it that we are then listening to? The one from above, or below?
Whenever having a dream or vision, I believe that there has to be some sort of filtering process, insuring that I have the right station. Firstly, is it from the Lord? And taking the time to honestly wrestle with that until there is an undeniable confirmation. If then it is the Lord, then we must ask, is it prophetic or personal? Some dreams and visions, may not be prophetic in nature. The next question should then be, does the Lord want it shared? Lastly, if so, then we ask of God, when and how shall it be shared.
Given that there is one who so readily immitates and camoflaouges the things of God, and either usurps, alters, denies or adds to what God has said or shown, the ultimate of care must be taken. If not, we then are either dis-obedient to God's will, or have simply been singing someone's else tune. Given the times we live in, when deception is paramount, and when so many have claimed so many things in the name of the Lord. Yet, few seem to have their filters on. Wisdom, caution, and a spiritual desire for an authentic divine encounter seems to be of the greatest importance. For the Word of God cannot be taken, nor treated lightly. We are ultimately held responsible.
Love & blessings...Tender Reed
— John 14:27