What Did You Just Say?
Is it just me, or does anyone else automatically get a negative attitude when the Pharisees and priests are mentioned in Scripture? It makes me angry to read of their hypocrisy and the ways they attempted to make Jesus say something wrong. So, it kind of boggles my mind to read of the high priest prophesying that Jesus would die for the nation of Israel:
"Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, 'You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one Man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.' He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one."
He was speaking what the Lord put in his mouth, but his heart's intention in what he was saying was that they needed to have Jesus killed to protect themselves. So, he could prophesy with the wrong intentions?? Yes! He could be speaking what God said without finding out God's heart in the matter? Yes!
This reminds me of the story of Balaam...for a couple of reasons. First of all, it's the situation in which the Lord chose a donkey as a vessel through which to speak. Secondly, Balaam himself was the portrait of speaking what the Lord gave him while his heart was beating on an entirely different rhythm than the Lord's. Over and over again Balaam spoke the words the Lord put into his mouth, blessing Israel rather than cursing them on Balak's behalf. However, we find out later that he really wanted the reward Balak had promised him, so he used a different method to bring Israel down...as the Lord wouldn't allow him to speak curses.
I have personally witnessed someone speaking what I knew in my spirit to be words from the Lord. All they were saying was right (as far as I knew according to Scripture), yet something in my spirit was telling me that something was wrong. I felt the Lord letting me know to listen to their words, but not to them personally. As time played out, the heart was revealed.
Not only must we be careful to guard our hearts and minds against any who would misuse the Word of the Lord and His anointing, but we must be extremely conscious of the condition of our own hearts. I don't ever want to simply operate in the anointing and speak what the Lord gives me without making sure my heart lines up with His. He can speak through anything and anyone, but I want Him to find delight as His Words flow through me. I want Him to see His heart in me, as well.
Father, I don't ever want to just speak what You give me. I want to know Your heart, and have Your heart beating within me. It's more than just speaking Your Words...it's about loving You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.