“Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”
“Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?”
“But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And he got up and came forward.”
“And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”
Jesus was entirely God in the flesh. He knew the thoughts of the people around Him. Do you think that’s possible for you to do what Jesus did in this capacity? Do you think it’s possible to know the thoughts of the people around you?
Do you monitor the thoughts that go through your mind regularly or not so much? Did you know that every thought you think isn’t necessarily yours? In the spirit realm there’s so much activity taking place on a continual basis. It would blow our minds if we could physically see it.
For those baptized in the Holy Ghost, it’s possible to walk as Jesus walked, to be perfect as He is perfect, to do greater things than He did – if, you only believe. That’s what the Bible says anyway, regarding those who believe. The Holy Ghost is everywhere all the time in and around each of us. As we go deeper into a relationship with the Holy Spirit, it is possible to have a continual conversation with Him and know the things He knows. He talks on a regular basis to those who have ears to hear. Do you have ears to hear?
It’s kind of like a spiritual cell phone. The Apostle Paul instructs us to “pray” without ceasing. We can have a conversation going 24 hours a day. He’s continually talking; if we’re listening and paying attention, we won’t miss Him. When we read the Bible, we get to know God, how He talks and how He thinks. This builds our discernment to filter better the thoughts and ideas going through our heads.
How do I know someone can hear or know the thoughts of others like Jesus did? I can and do hear the thoughts of others at times. About ten years ago now, I was on an extended fast. Some friends wanted to receive some inner healing. I was there to listen merely, pray and share anything that the Lord might be prompted with. He showed me how the session would go instance by instance. At the end of it, a question was asked of the recipient being ministered to. I began to write down what I heard the Lord saying, only moments after I started to write the sentence, the recipient being ministered to spoke the exact words I was in the process of writing out. I dropped the pen mid-sentence. It freaked me out a little, to be honest. This was the first time I’d encountered hearing the thoughts of another in such a profound and verifiable way.
Another time playing a game with friends, we were going around the room sharing on a particular topic. I realized what the person next to me was going to say so I switched places because I was going to say the same thing. As I began to share the person I switched places with friendly hit me and exclaimed that’s what they were going to say. I then revealed that’s exactly why I moved places because I knew we were going to say the same thing. It was funny for everyone.
As I’ve continually monitored my thoughts, discernment has grown and understanding what people are thinking has become a strength. Don’t get me wrong, if you came up to me and asked, “what am I thinking? or “I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 100, what is it?” It’s a work in progress and I’m not on that level yet.
What’s even more fascinating is hearing the prayers of others about you. It’s an intimate thing to have the Lord let you see/hear what people are praying for you. It’s such a blessing to know people are praying for you and sometimes it can be a little painful or hurtful. People don’t always pray warm fluffy prayers about you or think nice warm thoughts towards you for one reason or another. People will even pray for you to leave a situation, in a “clever” way, but go against the assignment of God. They’ll pray against His will, which is a little amusing. At times I’ve accommodated such requests (then they think God answered their prayer – no He didn’t, I just provided the situation a little time out), but it only prolongs the assignment that God wants to accomplish. Timelines are a funny thing with God, but that’s another story.
Another name for prayers which oppose God’s plans and purposes are also known as “charismatic witchcraft.” which go against the assignment of God. Charismatic witchcraft is way too common in the Church. Whether it’s immaturity or intentional, the result is still the same. It’s a work of the flesh and sin. Repentance is the proper course of action.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery (also known as witchcraft – brackets added), hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth,[a] before whose eyes Jesus Christ was portrayed among you[b] as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?”
As we walk in the Spirit we are not manipulated or controlled, by those, for whatever reason may be toying with witchcraft for such purposes. We all have a choice. Are we going to seek God’s way and objectives or are we going to attempt our way and our own purposes? An excellent book to read on this subject is “Seductions Exposed” by Dr. Gary L. Greenwald, quite informative.
It’s much more fun and exciting to follow Jesus. He’s the real hero we want to copy and emulate – to do what He did and say what He said.
God bless you in the best and most worthy pursuit – the Man Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful time with family and friends celebrating the birth of the KING of kings.