This comes on the tail end of a conversation Brian and I had yesterday afternoon about a time of ministry I received from the Spirit. God was talking to me about hearing and obeying His voice. Frequently I hear people say they want to hear from God. Sometimes people ask “Why doesn’t God speak to me?’ or “How can I hear from God?”
Life lesson: God speaks
Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) Other versions say “my sheep know my voice.” As a child of God we should know his voice. We should listen for it. We must place ourselves under the hearing of his word so we can follow him.
Several years ago I learned the practice of taking thoughts captive. “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5). This passage of scripture teaches us that thoughts will come into our minds as tools of the enemy. It is our job to destroy those thoughts and opinions which are raised against the word of God. We must be vigilant as thoughts shoot like darts into our minds. The more we study God’s word, the more we become protectors of our minds and guards against the enemy’s schemes. We hold those thoughts up to the standard of the word, if they are proven against the word, then we must quickly reject the thought.
Likewise, we must listen for the voice of God and obey His admonitions. When we have a thought that holds up to the standard of the word, we should receive that message as a word from God. Not long ago, I heard someone talking about a difficult situation she was in. As she spoke, a thought flew through my mind, “Give her money.” I instantly rejected the thought, thinking rapidly of reasons to excuse the idea. “I don’t even know her that well, she will think I am crazy, she will be offended.” So, I quickly pushed the idea aside. Yesterday, God brought that word back to my mind. He gently reminded me how we are called to be cheerful gives, we are called to be his hands and feet, we are called to esteem others better than ourselves. So, as I got the money together, I made one last attempt at my excuses, saying “God, I don’t even really like her.” The gracious spirit of God gently said, “Yes, and that is why you must wash her feet.”
Aaah, how refreshing to hear the voice of God. A life of faith, is a life listening for his voice and being obedient. He is speaking, sometimes I think we just don’t like what we hear. It is important to know He has plans to use us in great ways! He is calling us to be his hands and his feet. He impresses upon our hearts how to minister to and meet the needs of others. Shh, listen…do you hear what I hear? It is time to obey!