"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world." Hebrews 1:1-2
There are many voices in the world, but only one is truly authoritative: Jesus'. In past times, God spoke through many prophets in many ways, but now He has spoken to us in His Son. That is past tense. The last word belonged to Jesus. Before, men and women had the privelege of being God’s mouthpiece, without proxy. Those days are all over. Now, all who would be God’s mouthpiece are only permitted to speak what the Son is saying. God has spoken through His Son, but His ministry on Earth was only the beginning of “all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1). His voice continues through us. But it must be His voice - not ours. His message - not ours.
It seems that every man seeks a message to carry. That’s all well and good. But whose message will you carry? Yours, or Jesus’? The choice (at best) is between polluting your hearers and saving them. At worst, between being cursed or saved yourself (Galatians 1:8).
Jesus had the last word. In a charismatic culture of “spiritual authority”, and “fresh revelation”, many are speaking over Jesus. They are not speaking for God, they are speaking for themselves. Men (and many women) grab for power and recognition that only belongs to Him.
The only way that we will ever get to speak for God is if we stop speaking for ourselves. Enough with your revelations! Enough with your dreams and visions! They are good if they are Jesus' way of speaking, but otherwise they are just devilish distractions. What has Jesus said? What is He saying?
Lord, give us ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.