One of the things that we must understand about damage control is that when too much information is shared, there is a greater chance the truth will be told. And when the truth is told, somebody will look bad.
To prevent an exodus of people from lies to truth, leaders use coercion, secrecy and silence.
The power of truth is so that we understand the face value of a situation for what it really is.
The Spirit of God, in 1 Corinthians 12 is the One that bestows upon all the children of God the ability to have access into the very heart of things through the gifts of the Spirit. As a note, a person must initially be filled with the Spirit, with the evidence of speaking with “other tongues“ as the Spirit gives utterance, to qualify to be used by the Spirit of God with the rest of the gifts of the Spirit.
Thank God that the Holy Spirit doesn’t exposé stuff unless it is absolutely necessary.
The gift of the Spirit called “The Word of Wisdom,” is a very powerful gift.
According to Howard Carter, from his book on the gifts of the Spirit, there are three categories of the gifts of the Spirit.
Gifts of Revelation. Gifts of Power. Gifts of Utterance.
The revelation gifts or gifts that show something are…
The Word of Wisdom. The Word of Knowledge. Discerning of Spirits.
The power gifts or gifts that do something are…
The working of miracles, the gift of faith, gifts of healing or healings.
The utterance gifts or gifts that say something are…
Prophesy, gift of tongues, interpretation (not translation) of the gift of tongues.
Now when it comes to the Word of wisdom, it has a lot to do with what is shown or revealed of events that have yet to come to pass.
The Word wisdom actually means “to have understanding or to become wise.”
When there is a revelation about something that must come to pass, you are better able to handle what is to come. If you knew that famine was coming, wouldn’t you prepare for it? It shows that you’ve wised up.
Agabus the prophet received a Word of Wisdom that prepared the people to help those that would be caught in this famine in Judea.
This advanced warning helped them to handle what was to come (see Acts 11:28-29).
The famine was revealed to him before the famine hit.
They wised up and made provision so they would be sustained throughout the famine.
The saints lives were probably spared.
Then there is the Word of knowledge.
This gift reveals things about past or present things concerning people, places, or things.
Then there is the discerning of spirits.
Discerning people is not discerning of spirits. In fact when you hear people say these things, they think that they are spiritual when that are spiritually immature.
This gift is sometimes used in conjunction with visions and dreams but primarily it is the uncovering of the eyes to see into the realm of the spirit the activities and interactions of people and demons. Some of you may remember when Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the Syrian army and his servant feared. Elisha asked the Lord to open his eyes. Remember, the OT prophets were called “seers.” The Lord honored Elisha’s request and the servant was able to see that the hosts of heaven outnumbered the Syrian army.
This is discerning of spirits in operation where you, by the gracing of the Spirit of God, can see into the realm of the spirit.
When the gifts of the Spirit are in operation, it should be a clear signal of intent that God is among you and He is letting you know that something supernatural is taking place. It is a deliberate, intentional act to get your attention. Just like when Jesus was at Jacob’s well speaking prophetically to the Samaritan living in adultery and she was lovingly exposed.
Too often, we get used to the utterance gifts that we forget the other gifts of the Spirit are available when the Spirit of God chooses to release these gifts to the Body to profit. And when these gifts operate and we fail to properly recognize, and identify the operation, we haphazardly think that God is not moving. That God cannot see what men do. And like The Preacher said, “Men’s hearts are set to do evil because punishment is not issued to them swiftly.”
We plan, scheme, and do things wickedly, thinking that we could get away with it. Such depraved thinking reminds me of when Gehazi, after Naaman, the Syrian was healed of leprosy, chased after Naaman to receive riches and clothing that Naaman offered to Elisha. Gehazi brought the stuff back and hid it in his tent, all supposedly out of the physical eye sight of the prophet of God.
Gehazi took a chance that the gifts of the Spirit would not operate. That’s what covetousness would drive you to do sometimes. You believe that God would not catch on to what you were doing. Sometimes, we need to quit before we get started when it comes to sinning against God.
Elisha confronted Gehazi and Gehazi lied about the situation. Elisha said….
“Did not my heart went with you?”
You do not know when and you do not know where but remember the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth…
Whatever is said in secret and in silence, the Lord already knew about it. Whatever plans you may have that is against the will of God, it will never come to pass. It was already brought to nothing in eternity pass. It failed before conception and manifestation. You do not want to be found fighting against God.
In the heart of the Father, the Lord already dropped a dime on you. It’s just that people insist on a perverted course to intersect with the destiny of destruction for all those that insist on running the red light.
Plainly. You are advised to stop, cease, and desist in your maneuvers against the known will of God. The fear of God must always be greater than the fear of man.
My point is simple.
No matter how many secrets and no matter how many people become silent, the Holy Spirit knew already and when necessary, He will reveal the truth. And if it takes the gifts of the Spirit to get the desired results of revealing the truth, so be it.
The purpose of the revelation gifts is to uncover that which is hidden. To release what is concealed. To expose what is intentionally obscured.
Now we cannot control the Holy Spirit and we cannot tell the Holy Spirit to reveal anything. The Bible tells us that…“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all…But the one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
The Holy Spirit may or may not reveal anything but knowing that He is “the Spirit of truth” (see John14:17), we should never leave anything to chance.
When truth comes, not everyone will like it.
This is where loyalties are challenged. When the truth comes, will you side in with that which is true or will you side in with the liars?
This is nothing new.
The Garden of Eden was the second place where the lie and character assassination was born. Evidently, it was in heaven that the devil set out to dethrone God. The devil had to lie to himself to deceptively believe he could take God down, but he knew that he needed some help.
Having served in the Navy, the term of war comes to mind.
According to Von Clausewitz, war is the deliberate use of force to compel your enemy to submit to your will. When diplomacy and negotiations result in irreconcilable differences, to settle the issue, force is used to make the point.
Hence, a word of warning is issued to all who read this.
“The Spirit speaks expressly that the intent of silence and secrecy is well known to Me and think not that you will be able to conceal it from Me. Your lips have moved and your heart is known. Yes, it was known before I formed the dry ground and before I blew into the nostrils of Adam, the secrets of men’s hearts were already known.”
So before proceeding any further, it is highly recommended that there would be great caution before the next move is made. Once you commit and enter into the point of no return, the implications and ramification that will result of a failure to take heed will be too much for many to bear.