The True Meaning of Strong Meat
When the Apostle Paul spoke of “strong meat,” he meant depth. “For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.” We can grow in grace and knowledge, spiritual discernment too. Growing in discernment is a process.
Not all discernment is the discerning of spirits. Discernment itself is not one of the nine gifts of the holy Ghost however one must practice discerning on a human level before entering into the spiritual use of gifts. One must be aware of false discernment such as discernment from ones soul or “soulical discernment” or discernment from ones emotions, and discernment from ones hurts and a wounded spirit. All of which can produce and incorrect discernment and cause you trouble. One must be able to tell the difference between “soulical discernment” and the “gift of the discerning off Spirits”
The man of God who excels in this gift will seek sound doctrine
To use a spiritual gift one must be “skilled” in the word of righteousness, he must desire strong meat and feed upon it. “Strong meat” that is revelationary teaching that corrects and instructs. If you’re the type that avoids controversial topics you never be able to deal with controversial spirits. Strong meat, takes some digesting its like doctrine. And if the preacher is ever going to be used by God he has to be a man of sound doctrine. Doctrine will teach him right from wrong and give him the know how in discerning the enemy. Paul taught doctrine, thats how he could discern spirits that were lying spirits. His foundation in doctrine gave him that door a way to discern spirits that opposed truth.
The man of God who excels in this gift will allow scripture to first all correct him in order that he might thoroughly be pre prepared fo every good work. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3;16).
The man of God who excels in this gift will establish himself in truth
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth” (2 Peter 1;12) It is folly for one to chase after spirits yet not be established in sound doctrine. It is foolish Mohave a desire to study demons and demonology yet not have a foundation in ones life of sound doctrine. Without knowing the scriptures he will be a target for seducing and spirits himself.
The prophets of old “inquired and searched diligently” concerning the truths of God and His plan of salvation (1 Peter 1;10-11) And so should we.
”Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test [try] the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Why does it link decrying of spirits with false prophets because prophecy thoughts simple gift to operate can be the most seductive and deceptive.
Questions to ask.
Do I know what sound doctrine is?
Am I aware of this gift in my life?
Am I becoming more spiritually aware?
Am I living the life of separation?