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    How Then Shall We Know One Another

    How does one get to "know" another while on Facebook? What is the criteria? Is there any criteria or is this something that is completely subjective? How much "time" is necessary before one can say that another one can be "known"? All of these, again, are more subjective rather than something that can be quantified through practical and realistic steps. What "guidelines" could be established to "define" the proper steps to getting to "know" someone for qualifications for something "higher" like the sharing of truths one has learned during the course of life, life "sharing the heart of the Father" for all to benefit?

    These are questions I have as I was not accepted "enough" in a group because they needed "time" to get to know me. Since all our interaction is based purely on what we "type" on the screen, then everything anyone CAN know about us is in what we "say" in our type written words and responses. If this is so, then it would be fair to say that if a message is offered, that message consists of words written on the screen and the arrangement of those words are placed in such a way to illustrate the writer's heart, especially since the contents of one's heart is in what that person says.

    So, the message itself can be viewed as a microcosm of the person who wrote the message and the content of what he or she said can and should be viewed as a revelation of who and what that person is. Result: we can then "know" that person according to the content of what they write. Is this correct? This is how we all got to "know" and appreciate Paul the Apostle. It is also how we got to "know" and "love" Jesus for no one today who is alive, has either "known" Him personally as men know one another today unless there is another dynamic working that supercedes all of the natural forms of communication.

    And there is that supernatural dynamic by which we may "know" something according to the Spirit of the Lord who gives us witness as to who that other person is or not. Even though those disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus for who He is, His words spoken to them "burned" within them and once they recognized this, they realized that they walked with the risen Lord.

    Brethren, when are we going to "grow up" and walk as children of the light and know one another accordingly by that Spirit of God who dwells within us? Why do we insist on manmade rules to establish that which can only be understood according to the Spirit of our Lord? Have any of you known another was a believer without seeing them in church or praying in your view or saying words that sound like something coming from a Christian but you “knew” only by that “witness” in the Spirit in your inner man? Do we not trust that Spirit of God who dwells within us to provide us with that most crucial of discernments?

    As a prophet, I have had different people placed in front of me for me to prophecy to them but with a blindfold over my eyes so that I cannot know who was standing in front of me. Prophetic words were released which deeply affected each one, all without me ever knowing to whom I was addressing. This was not an exercise to “show off” but an exercise to illustrate that it is GOD and not MAN who is the author of that prophetic word and as such, cannot be deterred by blindfolds. A prophet in the old testament was blind and yet, when the kings wife was sent in disguise to get the Word of the Lord, this prophet “knew” who she was the moment she darkened his door. God is not limited in His reach as men are.

    This “spirit” of prophecy is none other than the Spirit of Christ. Since we are all born again of God and have received of His Spirit, then the “testimony” of Jesus is within us and we may “all” prophesy. When we are born again, we are all enabled to “see” the kingdom of God, which to all the world, is invisible to the natural man and the natural eye. Since we have all been “gifted” with the ability to “see” into that spiritual world of the kingdom of God, then we should be able to “see” whether the one we are speaking to is a fellow believer, especially when they open their mouths (writing) and give praise to the One who is deserving of our praise. If, in their writing they give glory to God and there is no deception in their writings, shouldn’t we recognize that God is indeed with them, especially when we receive within ourselves that confirmation of the Spirit that the words they are expressing are His words?

    Then, I must ask at this point, how long must this continue to occur “before” we “know” them as brethren in the faith. One hour? One day? Two days? Three? One week? One month? Several months? What time limit should be set BEFORE we agree that this person is a God-fearing man or woman and should include them along with their gifts, into our midst and we should receive from that one the message from the Father’s heart that he or she bears?

    Upon my interactions with this particular group, I met some wonderfully gifted and God-loving brethren whom I knew from the beginning were my true brothers and sisters. It didn’t take but a few responses to see the truth of their convictions and to witness the Holiness of God within them. Those who have had their eyes opened can readily “see” and “understand” by that selfsame Spirit. But those who have either never had their eyes opened or have walked in a way to “shut” their eyes, cannot see. They say they can see but as Jesus stated to the religious leaders of His day, “because you say you can see, you are still blind…”

    Whenever Christians, whether “leaders” or “sheep” set about to establish “policies, rules or guidelines” to determine whether a brother or sister is a true believer, they have immediately strayed from their faith and trust in the “devices” of their own making. This is what God calls the “making” and “worship” of idols. I strongly caution you when you open the doors of your lives to those who have set up these “idols” that take their “rule” over them and their decisions.

    ANYTHING that does not come from the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit DOES NOT BRING LIFE! All devices that come from mankind bring only DEATH! Life comes only from the Spirit of the Lord, death comes from every other source. Some trust in chariots, some in horses but I will remember the name of the Lord my God. They are brought down and fallen but I will rise and stand upright. (Psalm 20:7-8)

    How then SHALL we know one another if not by the Spirit of God who lives within us?

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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