From: "jbishop" <jbishop@...> "We THREW AWAY the BOOKS and TAPES" -Joan Bishop. I want to thank you for opening my eyes to the state of the prophetic and also to let you know how the Lord led my intercessory prayer partner and me to act upon your emails. In 1997 I came "back to the Lord" after having been away from Him for over seven years as a result of the death of my husband. Counting those years in the wilderness I've been a Christian for about 33 years. Long time. When I returned I wanted everything I could receive from the Lord, so as a result I went to every conference within my reach, some not so near. I bought books, tapes, CDs and Bibles, and more Bibles, so that I must have over 15 or 16 Bibles right now. But I was still not satisfied so I went up to every altar call there was to receive anointings that were passed from prophet to layman, from intercessor to layman, etc. I wanted it ALL so I could "be like them" and didn't really think about being like Jesus! I put these speakers up on a pedestal that was so high it was impossible for them to fall - so I thought. What a sorry state I became. This week, today in fact, I realized that I had to throw out most of my books, some of which I never read that I had bought at conferences in hopes I would some day find time to read them. I threw out many CDs, all tapes, and anything that I didn't know for sure that was of the Lord. My prayer partner and I prayed for a long time last night and renounced participating in different conferences, listening to different speakers who were not of the Lord. Renounced different anointings that may not have been of Him, and asked the Lord to forgive us for accepting anything and everything, just so that it would make us more "spiritual" and we didn't care where it came from as long as somebody we trusted recommended it/them to us we considered that it was okay. - Wrong! So now I have many less books, tapes, CDs and anything else that was not of the Lord. Hopefully, I can be more discerning in the future. Along with asking Him to forgive us we did ask the Lord for His discernment because we definitely do not want to fall into that trap again.