God is our ONLY covering!

“If we opt for man’s covering, then we will receive no covering at all. The Holy Spirit will simply step aside and allow us to trust the ways of Egypt.”-Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart I for one have heard enough about “spiritual mentors” to last a lifetime. I have met too many pastors and ministers who go on and on about a man or a woman, people who are created by God just like the rest of us, and who try so hard to use them as “spiritual coverings.” No human can give counsel to another human and expect the counsel to be perfect, for only God is perfect; therefore our counsel must come from Him. Now, I am NOT against mentoring and spiritual guidance, for we are called to encourage and keep our brothers and sisters in the Lord accountable, lining everything up with the Word of God, not the meek, lowly, imperfect word of man; for every man errs and is accountable to the Word and Judging of God. Isaiah 30:1-2 “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the LORD, “who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! Having other ministers, pastors, and wise counsel from man is one thing when you are new in Christ, needing someone to guide you in the ways of the Lord; however, one must take extreme caution not to allow another human to replace the counsel of God; sadly, this is more common than than the latter... I once knew a young man who had been recently saved, coming to know Christ in his home church. However, week after week, I noticed a lack of spiritual maturing; instead he consistently sought after the counsel, prayer, guidance, and words of wisdom from the pastor of his church. It was no long after he had been saved, that the pastor retired and moved out of state, leaving this young man wondering how he was going to live a life pleasing to God in his own. This is such a tragic, but all too common story, where a Christian who is young in the Lord seeks too much counsel and leadership from one who is mature in Christ. Results more often lead to a lifetime of inability to draw closer to God, and even a loss of salvation, because they are unable to seek Christ for themselves, and grow in the counsel of the Lord. The reality is there are way too many stories like this young man, who are vulnerable to fall for any false indoctrination one may bestow in such a delicate spirit. 2 Corinthians 10:18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. Where one seeks to please man, he rejects acceptance of God; for many times, one may be fully rejected by man, but wholly accepted by God! Then, what other acceptance might one need? If we accept God as the only counsel we need, who can stop us from a close, intimate relationship with Him? Who can we desire to gain approval of more than when we are approved by the One who created us?! Romans 8:31 ...If God is for us, who can be against us? Melanie Herren Ministries

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