Growing in the Father daily means that our spirit man is increasing in its capacity. Inwardly, we possess a resolve and a strength that is invisible, while outwardly our posture changes as we display the nature and character of the Father more and more each day. His voice is a prerequisite to our spiritual growth and provides all the sustenance we will ever need. As we grow daily in Him, continuous changes take place within our framework. It is vital that we don’t become stuck with what we know (or think we know) and assume that the Father cannot speak in other ways. There is absolute Truth, which is Christ, who is our foundation, and in Him are fundamentals of TRUTH that never change. For example, He is the WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. Outside of Christ, there is no life. At the same time, however, we must guard against being moved by every wind of doctrine that comes from people who have been deceived. They may profess to know God, but have no internal spiritual capacity for the life of God.
In every season the Father raises up men and women to proclaim what He is saying. With joy, excitement, and undeniable and contagious energy, these are the ones who set out on a course to be the “good news givers/heralders,” of this truth. What we need to know is that every time we hear the Father say something specific to us, and when we are commissioned to proclaim what He is saying, those very words also test our own hearts. Remember, His words are holy, righteous, and just. Whatever is not worked out in our hearts becomes revealed as time progresses. It is sad to say, but there are leaders within the body of Christ who once heard the Father with crystal clarity but allowed weaknesses in their hearts to overtake the purity of what they heard. As a result, the carnality of their old nature within them manifests, causing their lives to display the ways of the world more than the ways of the Spirit of the Father. In so doing, they have led many people astray! These leaders hold onto what they once heard and transform it into a tradition as sacrosanct (in their minds) as the Word of God itself. Their allegiance to their tradition blinds them from recognizing that the Father gives us “daily bread.” This bread is spiritual; it is His voice sharing something new. However, anything new that He shares never contradicts either His written Word or His nature and character.
When stubbornness to change becomes evident in the hearts of many, the Father will speak to those who are willing to listen to and obey what He says. Ironically, it is the leaders who once heard, and have become traditionalists, who will mount the greatest opposition today to His voice and to those who are listening and are willing to be agents of change. This stubbornness stems from a spirit of religion, when so-called “believers follow their own vain imaginations and become stuck in the traditions of what they have learned”—and hold this to be the truth. They turn a deaf ear to the Father’s truth in the mouths of others because they believe that the Father can speak only to them. Jealousy mounts up and eventually manifests outwardly as they strike out at the innocent ones with accusations, bad-mouthing, and bursts of anger.
Let us not be naive to the fact that it was this very “spirit of religion,” that crucified Christ. The very ones who prayed for the Messiah to come, who fasted, gave alms, and led in temples, became the very ones who opposed the ultimate TRUTH—Christ—with a passion and struck Him with stripes, nails, and a crown of thorns. We must continually examine our hearts to ensure that we don’t become a people who hear the Father in one season but are inflexible to change in the next when He speaks to others.