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Not Always a Help


"...the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." (John 14:26)

Some of you may be as confused as I was not long ago. I 📷had some terrific work to do that was going to help others - turning them to the Lord and now because someone else came along to "help" everything got turned upside down. It was a disaster.

You may feel that as I did that there's a strong possibility of Satan having sent in a "helper" or "counselor" dressed up as an "angel of light.: One of the enemy's major tactics to throw the Lord's work off course can be sending you a "helper" who isn't guided by God.

This strategy was dramatically illustrated in the book of Ezra. There the enemy actually had the nerve to come to the supervisors of God's temple-building project and say, "Let us help you build because, like you, we seek your God..." (Ezra 4:5, NIV). When that tactic didn't work, they "hired counselors to work against them and frustrate their plans..." (Ezra 4:5, NIV).

If you think this has happened to you, ask your Father for a double anointing of His gift of discernment to flush out who was and who wasn't sent by Him! As King Solomon prayed, "Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this thy great people?" (1 Kings 3:9. RSV).

God wants you to be a good friend of people, knowing what's help and what isn't. But a large part of this job of following Jesus is learning to discern good counsel from bad! Always pray first and listen before taking off on any task. He gives discernment!

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