I believe the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, is our final authority. If it’s in the Word, don’t say it isn’t. If it’s not in the Word, don’t say it is.
If you have an extra Biblical or contrary to the Word revelation or "prophecy", do not say the Holy Spirit gave it to you….we are told not to add to or take away from the words of prophecy in the Bible.
Don’t say that a verse or passage of scripture shouldn’t be used unless the Spirit is anointing it right at that time. All scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit…so it’s ALWAYS anointed. We shouldn’t have to wait for the anointing to lead us to a scripture; the scripture should lead us to the anointing.
The Spirit is not more important than the Word. And the Word is not more important than the Spirit. Both are equally important.
The Word says these things about itself:
It will not return void or empty….but will accomplish or achieve what it was sent for. (Isaiah 55:11)
It is powerful and sharper than a two edged sword and discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
There is no “special” anointing required for the above to happen. The anointing is automatically on the Word, because it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” His Word is truth, and it sets us free.
Jesus said, “:It is written…” three times to the devil and defeated him through the power of the WRITTEN Word.
The Spirit does not take precedence over the Word. the Word is still our final authority. The Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth, and it is said He will lead us into all truth. He is not going to disagree with the Bible, which is said to be truth, as in “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and ‘Your word is truth” (John 17:7).
Jesus is the Word (John 1:1,2 & 14 and Revelation 19:10)….and since the Spirit came to testify of Jesus (John 15:26) and glorify Jesus (John 16:14), I believe that He (the Spirit) will uphold the Word in all He says.
So, anything and everything I believe is Biblical. I don’t question the validity of truths in scripture (such as the devinity of Jesus or His virgin birth). Whenever there is a question of what to believe, I come back to the Bible and ask, “What does the Bible say?”
Why so much emphasis on the Word? Because, if you understand that I believe a Biblical explanation of salvation and life, you can discern all else that I believe. Rather than ask what I believe, READ THE BIBLE and find out. I can give you my interpretation of what I think it means…or you can read for yourself, asking the Spirit to lead you into all truth. He will show you what it means.
So many scriptures are taken out of context, that I encourage you to read the Word, just as much as I encourage you to spend quiet time with Jesus. Jesus IS the Word, so time in His Word IS time with Him. Every time I read scripture for myself, truths become plain to me that I don’t get through much of what is preached by the popular preachers of our day. They may take a little part of a passage or scripture and say it means one thing….when in the context of the chapter, it means something else altogether. This is why scripture reading on a regular basis is SO important.
Also, when reading a word like the one I posted here, you will have a witness in your spirit as to whether it lines up with the truth of the Word and the Spirit, since the two are in agreement.