Friday, June 20, 2014

Packer: test the impressions

Friday, June 20, 2014
    For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
    —Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
    Mere confidence that one’s impressions are God-given is no guarantee at all that this is really so, even when, as sometimes happens when they are bound up with noble purposes, they persist and grow stronger through long seasons of prayer. To follow impressions, however much they are bound up with the holy concerns of evangelism, intercession, piety, and revival, is not the way to be Spirit-led. Bible-based wisdom must judge them.
    ... James I. Packer (b. 1926), Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Vine Books, 1995, p. 64 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 4:12; Matt. 4:1; Luke 11:28; 24:45; John 12:48; Acts 5:32; 15:28; 17:11; Rom. 2:13-16; 15:4; Col. 3:16; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:14-15; Jas. 1:22; 2 Pet. 3:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let Your word speak to me.
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