Whose Idea Is It?

Have you ever thought, “How do I know that idea was from God? It could have been my flesh. Maybe I just thought it up. Maybe it was the devil!” Well, there is an easy test to determine whether or not what you are sensing is from the Lord or from your carnal nature. Ask yourself how much self-gratification is involved. If the desire or the idea is intended to benefit principally you, then it is not from the Lord. If, on the other hand, it has a wider impact that reaches out to touch others and change them, taking the gospel to the world, then it is the Lord. It’s that simple.

I am not suggesting that God will never lead you in a direction that benefits you personally. For example, God wants you to be well and has provided His promise of healing in His Word. That is something that benefits you personally, but why do you want to be healed? The Bible says, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). Once you have asked in faith, you still might not receive what you have asked for if your motive is purely self-concern.

If the only reason you want to be healed is to be a comfortable couch potato with no pain, or so you can go out and do a little partying, then you are asking with the wrong motive. God wants you to be healed so you can testify to others of His goodness and His love, influencing them for the cause of Christ.

Why are you asking the Lord to prosper you? Is it so you can retire early and buy what you want? Or is it so you can truly have a greater impact for the Lord, supporting missionaries or feeding the poor? What are your underlying motives? If you really want to know whether the things that come to you in your quiet time are truly of the Holy Ghost or not, ask yourself, “Who does it primarily benefit? Does it bring glory to me or to God? How will it affect souls?” Be honest with yourself, because God knows your heart. If the honest answer is, “Lord, this is something I see bringing increase to your Kingdom,” then it’s of Him.

About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

3 responses to “Whose Idea Is It?”

  1. Tracy C says :

    Oh, Pastor Mac. God is so good. I have had a thought that I have never had before and it is strong. I am unable to shkae it

    • Tracy C says :

      Ok, could not figure out how to edit my comment as it has errors. My apologies. Anyway, I was trying to say I have recently had a profound thought I have never had up until this point. I asked God to show me if it was from God, myself or the devil. I needed some clarity. I believe I have received it. Thank you Pastor Mac.

  2. Shirley Tuttle says :

    Good message to all of us Pastor Mac Thank you! God does not want selfish, he is not selfish, look at all he has done for all of us and he gave his son to us. He bared every mark that could be. I like that test!! Wisdom from the Lord!!

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