Do you know:
Who is controlling your life?
Who’s voice are you listening to?
Who’s guidance are you following?
Are you sure about that?
There are many voices out there…in the darkness. So many paths to follow…
We first learn how to trust from our parents, right? But, honestly, GOD is our true parent.
Do what GOD says
When I was in my twenties, GOD told me I would be working for HIM. I sensed it too. I knew what was coming but I was young and I wanted to party instead. Essentially, I told HIM no. Sad, right? YES! We all do it, I guess. At the time, I told my partner…my future husband that I wanted to go on missions and help people. He looked at me like I was crazy. Obviously, I didn’t do it.
Do it how GOD says
Doing something for GOD is not your everyday calling. We want to answer to the flesh first. I guess it’s in our nature.
Do it when GOD says
This is the one I have been struggling with. I’ve been doing this kind of work for some time now, several years at the very least. In the last two years, GOD told me that I would be doing spiritual warfare. I didn’t even know what that meant a few years ago! I was spiritually immature. HE moved my spirit and I knew it was time to begin my training. I felt a sense of urgency. Since that time, I have ‘connections’ with GOD…and no I can’t explain it except to say that The Holy Spirit walks me through a path, and while on this journey I am given steps to take. These steps lead to the truth which I am to tell. From time to time, I don’t follow The Holy Spirit’s lead. I can’t answer why. I’ve learned to be able to tell when it’s The Holy Spirit calling, but I don’t follow 100% of the time. I take another direction but ALWAYS end up doing what The Holy Spirit revealed to me initially. I ALWAYS tell The Holy Spirit that I am sorry and that I should have listened in the first place, and I feel ashamed that I didn’t.
You see, GOD places us all on a path. A calling, if you will. Do we always answer when HE calls. NO! But, we should.
Obedience is the key to the personal relationship that our heart and soul/spirit tells us we need with GOD.
There is a verse in Psalm 105 that really stands out to me!
Psalm 105 (KJV)
4 Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
We are to continually seek HIM! We do this is several ways…we can make a space which we can use to worship HIM, and when we do this we can also seek HIM by staying in The Word. HIS Word.
The world is a mighty dark place. Cold and dark. It’s easy to step off into the abyss into places we have no right to be, going astray from the path. Truth is, we need obedience to keep The Word of GOD near us in this dark world.
Psalm 119 (KJV)
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
We must remain sensitive to the voice! The Voice of The Holy Spirit. LEARN it. Listen to it! Respond to it.
John 16 (KJV)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
In times of trouble…HE is there. And if we listen…He gives us the answer we seek, the answer we need.
In time of trouble…bad moods…The Holy Spirit is there to keep us in check!
Are you sensitive enough to hear HIM? Do you listen? Do you respond?
Isaiah 64 (KJV)
4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Being sensitive to HIS timing, not ours.
Being sensitive to The Word is also key to obedience.
HE makes NO mistakes.
We must learn to be sensitive to HIS timing. We must learn to listen to HIM.
Proverbs 3 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
You know, sometimes the path may not be defined…it may not be clear…but we must trust in HIM.
When I began this journey…the path was so scary for me. I knew it was my destiny. I knew it was something GOD wanted from me. I knew I had to do it…but boy, oh boy…was I ever scared. It was the feeling of the carpet being pulled from under your feet at any time…kind of feeling!
I guess you could say…I didn’t trust GOD! I am ashamed to admit it but I was unsure. The direction was foggy but I took it step by step until I began to feel more sure of my next step before me. Now? It’s crystal clear to me.
Joshua 1 (KJV)
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
This is a perfect Scripture. Put on your Armor of GOD!
This was a benchmark in my life! I’ve never been the same since that…
Now, I know I am a soldier in GOD’S ARMY! And I’m proud of it.
Take GOD out of the box. We can’t put GOD in a box!
With all these things comes confidence.