Sensitivity of Spirit

SEPTEMBER 2014

Sensitivity of Spirit

“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not…” (Job 33:14)

Early this morning, I had glanced down at my phone and noticed that the screen was lit. I had turned off the auto-lock the night before and had forgotten to reset it, and when I picked up the phone it was opened to a ministry app that I often listen to. I John 5:4 was on the screen… “For whosever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” I thought, “Well, praise God…,” and then went on about my morning routine.

About an hour later I was driving my truck, praying, and the out of my spirit I began to declare I John 5:4“This is the victory…” And I thought, “Well that’s interesting; that’s the very scripture that I read this morning,” but then I just continued to pray. Suddenly the Holy Spirit said to me, “I want to TALK TO YOU about I John 5:4!” Ok… I suddenly I got it!

God speaks in a still, small voice, and there are many times that He’s talking that we kind of just walk on by. We can think, “Well, that’s real nice,” or “That was a sweet song,” or “What a powerful message,” but we miss what He’s actually trying to say. God always has a purpose for everything that He says and does, and when He speaks, He normally doesn’t send lightning bolts, a company of angels, or twenty confirmations from all of our favorite preachers. Instead, He speaks in a still, small voice (I Kings 19:12).

When the prophet Samuel was a child, He hadn’t yet learned the voice of God, and though he heard it, he didn’t recognize it. In fact, he thought that the voice he was hearing was the voice of Eli the priest, who was his mentor (I Samuel 3:1-10). God had to call Samuel four times before he finally got it (God will continue to try to reach us if we miss it the first time). Samuel kept running back to Eli, and the third time Eli perceived that it was the Lord who had been calling him, and he gave Samuel instructions on what he was to do when God called him again. I’ve had believers say to me… “I wish God would speak to me…” But God speaks to every born-again believer, however, just like young Samuel, we may need to learn to discern His voice. Sometimes we may think it was our own thoughts (or even the devil), but as we grow in our relationship with the Lord, we can learn how to accurately discern the voice of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 5:14).

When God speaks to us, one of the most common mistakes that we can make is to add our own interpretations and assumptions before getting the full picture of what He is trying to say, or we act on the written Word without the breath of the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:6). King David had just been anointed king over Israel when the devil stirred up opposition against the new king (Satan will attack that which is young and unproven in order to challenge it). David’s predecessor (King Saul) had trusted in his own strength and ability, and in his intellectual prowess and military might, and it had destroyed him. But David trusted in the Lord. As the Philistines gathered in the valley of Rephaim, instead of immediately gathering his armies together for battle, David inquired of the Lord (II Samuel 5:19). God spoke to him and gave him a strategy, and David defeated his enemies. However, the Philistines came back (possibly it was the very next day) in the very same way, and in the very same spot. David could have thought to himself, “I know what to do!” “I’ve done this before!” But instead, he again inquired of the Lord. God spoke to him and gave him a completely different strategy. He obeyed, and again defeated his enemies (II Samuel 5:22-25).

God’s Kingdom operates according to precise principles and timing. When Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick, He stayed right where He was for two more days (John 11:6). Why did He do this? He told them… “Walk in the day while you have the light” (John 11:9-10). What was He saying? He was telling them that they needed to walk in the timing of the Spirit. In other words, they needed the wisdom, not only regarding what to do, but they also needed to know how and when to do it.

When we do the right thing at the right time, powerful things happen, but it takes faith to walk this way. Sometimes God will ask us to do things that go contrary to reasonable and rational thought and circumstances. Jesus knew exactly when He needed to show up on the scene with Lazarus, and when He obeyed the Spirit, a man was raised from the dead. When it was time for the children of Israel to cross Jordan and enter in the Promised Land, it was the worst possible time of year when the river overflowed its banks. But Joshua obeyed, and God worked a miracle and parted the waters (Joshua 3:7-17).

There are wonderful testimonies from the morning of 9/11. Before the planes hit the towers, God was speaking to people, and telling them not to go to work that morning, or to take a different route. Some obeyed, not knowing why, and their lives were spared. There are times when we may not have all the answers, and we may not know why God is asking us to take a particular course of action (Proverbs 3:5-6). But if we stop and listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will be able to lead our lives to a greater degree.

As God desires to do unusual and notable things in the earth in the last days, He needs people that will hear His voice, believe it, and then act on it in faith (Daniel 11:32).

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