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"I study my Bible like I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf. I search the Bible as a whole like shaking the whole tree. Then I shake every limb -- study book after book. Then I shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters. Then I shake every twig, or a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences and words and their meanings." -- Martin Luther (1483-1546)
"If you are looking for politeness in the Reformers, then you are going to have to buy a microscope. Courtesy in polemic was a rare commodity, as even the woodcuts frequently demonstrate. True, there is some evidence that the French editions of Calvin’s Institutes were a little more polite than the Latin but that was less to do with Calvin having second thoughts about his style of attack and more to do with his elitism. After all, we would not want the Great Unwashed thinking that they can talk about our educated opponents in quite the ways we do…. The Reformation was remarkable for two things in this connection: It engaged in powerfully worded polemic; And it generally played that polemic out in public, eschewing elitism, as Luther did in 1525 when he rudely rebutted Erasmus’s view that the bondage of the will was too tricky and confusing a doctrine to preach from the pulpit.
"Those of us who claim to be heirs of the Reformation should take heed. Style and substance are not so easily separated as we might like to think. And the people in the pew have the right—and the need—to hear about the whole counsel of God, from his being in eternity to the consummation of all things at the end of time. For the Reformers, nothing in God’s Word was to be the monopoly of a priesthood or a scholarly guild." --Dr. Carl Truman (2016)
"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. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4)"
Sheep cannot help but hear their Shepherds voice! When you hear Him you will never be confused. As He Himself promised:
"Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand'" (John 10:25-28)
Stand on God's Word, rather than too much pepperoni pizza!
John 10:1-5 (NKJV)
1 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."
Read the above passage, pay particular attention to verse 4. We must know our Shepherd’s voice!
You started out by saying you didn’t know if you were a Christian or not.
That is the first thing you need to settle before you try to decide whether a thought you had was of the Lord or not.
You say you are questioning the Lord, why?
Are you attending a church? Have you talked to your Pastor? If you say no to any of these you need to be in church and you need to be in fellowship with your pastor and talking these things over with him.
As far as the message if I understand correctly you got two numbers 26 and 12 and you said you were going to read those verses. In which book? In which chapter?
Many will tell you that Holy Spirit no longer talks to us, but that is simply untrue. Flee from those that say such things they are false teachers. The Holy Spirit does not change, His ministry is not limited.
But beware Satan’s lying spirits also talks to us. Therefore we must know our Shepherds voice. Until you do, do not listen to any voice!
My advice and I hope you take it is to decide why you question Jesus, until that issue is settled in your spirit you CAN NOT move forward.
Once you get it settled in your heart, mind and spirit that Jesus is Lord then if you have questions come back here and ask. Until then attend church and talk to your pastor.
The Scriptures themselves are a far more personal message to you than anything you might experience. Peter expresses this very clearly in his second epistle, at the end of chapter 1.
Since we can stand on this solid rock of the Word, I generally suggest the following: If you have a vision or mystical experience and it is contrary to the Word, throw that thing out pronto! If you have a vision or mystical experience and it is affirmed by the Word, throw that thing out pronto... and hang onto the Word! Our Lord will judge us by how we have incorporated His Word into our lives, not how we have incorporated the hocus pocus that is so popular in the world and from the prince of this world.