Sunday after church I went to my school library to get some much needed study time in. Not to my surprise they were closed until 1:00 p.m and at the time it was only 12:30. “Lucky” for me it was absolutely beautiful outside. I was able to sit in my car and read with the windows rolled down. As I’m sitting there I get this revelation on how I should listen out for what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to me right now.
John 10:17 my sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.
Lately I had been feeling this tug in my spirit to listen to what the Spirit of God speaking to me. Sermons or messages, vessels of the Lord and the Word of God help us discern God’s voice, but we also know that God through a still small voice can speak DIRECTLY to our spirit and give us insight, wisdom and a Word to follow.
Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
So I quiet myself and listen with all pretenses behind. After a few seconds I received a revelation (supernatural wisdom and understanding that is absolute in clarity) that I should go to Panera Bread. I said, sure I’ll go, you know I’m hungry anyways J
I didn’t really think of the consequences to going to Panera Bread until I got there, and by consequences I mean paying $9 for a meal that I wasn’t going to get full from. As I’m standing in line thinking of the cheapest thing I could get I had this thought that I should just leave, why would the Lord have me pay $9 for a meal that I’m not even going to get full from. A second later I had another thought, “No, the Lord told me to come here so if nothing else I will stay and enjoy this expensive meal” J
I decided to go with the Asiago bagel with cream cheese and a cherry cream cheese pastry. Mmm mm mm and it was only $5, can I get an amen!
Any who, the nice young lady at the register takes my order then turns around to toast my bagel. As I’m snapping my feet and vibing to the elevator music in Panera she turns back to me with a look of sadness on her face to tell, she tells me “another cashier sold the last asiago bagel”
Me: “its okay it’s not a big deal, I’ll just take the sweet onion”.
Cashier: “Can I give you another free bagel because we didn’t have the one you wanted”.
Me: (pausing so I didn’t say YES too fast) “sure, wow thanks, can I have the cinnamon crunch”
Cashier: “Have you tried our new cherry bagel its really good”
Me: “no that sounds really good but I already have the cherry pastry so I’ll just take the cinnamon crunch”
Cashier: “Okay” (smiling).
The cashier hands me the bag and I head back to the Library. As I’m driving I was totally in shock that I didn’t pay $9 like I normally do and I got a free bagel woooowhooo! As I get to a comfortable seat I pull the food out of my bag and I find THREE bagels, cherry, cinnamon and the sweet onion that I ordered!!! Not to mention the pastry! So after listening to the voice of the Lord and following His leading through FAITH, I was able to get MORE food and spend LESS money than I ever had before at Panera! Isn’t God so good, it’s like He showed me that it really was Him speaking to me and gave me a taste of what it is like to listen to Him through faith. Ahhhhh, He is so lovely J
Some of you might be thinking, well I don’t hear the voice of the Lord you must be special or have an anointing for that. Not true, the Word of God says “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me” John 10:17. If you are not experiencing hearing God’s voice there might be a number of different things going one. Some of which I can name for you know.
1. Sin separates us from God – Even as believers we can be living a life in sin and it totally takes us away from hearing God’s voice. How so?
a. God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from sin. I John 1:5-7.
2. Sin blinds us from seeing the truth.
a. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. II Corinthians 4:4
3. We are too distracted with the things of this world (money, work, religion, goals, aspirations, relationships, kids, marriage, and school) to listen for God’s speaking.
a. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:13-19
Did you notice how the seed (Word of God) was planted on all types of soil! But the soil with thorns among them represented (people who have the worries of this life) choked the Word in their life and it bore no fruit.
You see God is not mad at you. He isn’t refraining His voice from your life or trying to make you struggle. A lot of the times it is our own short coming that separate us from God and stop us from having a deep intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Good News is, we can have forgiveness for our sins by the Blood of Jesus AND the power from His resurrection to keep us on the right path. Everything you need can be found in Jesus.
1 John 1:8-10 says f we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
So you see it is truly amazing, simple and easy to walk in fellowship with God. We just have to stop playing games with Him by benig open and honest about our sin. We have to ask Him to forgive us and truly mean it. To repent means to turn from what you are doing and walk towards God. Since we are ALL sinners saved by grace there is no sin greater than another, but ALL sins need to be cleansed by Jesus blood to make us righteous in His sight! By saying to God you recognize you are a sinner and that His blood is the only thing that can bring you into fellowship with God means you recognize Jesus Christ as your Savior. Not only will He save you from hell, death and the grave but He will also save you from the unnecessary trails of this life. Walking in close fellowship with God is the single most ultimate decision you will ever make in your life. You can do this with a simple prayer to come back to Christ or invite Him in for the first time. Jesus say’s if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God you will be saved.
esus I believe you came from Heaven to this earth as a man 2000 years ago to be a sacrifice for my sins. I believe you who knew no sin because sin so that I might become the righteousness of God. I believe you were crucified on a cross to save me and that you were buried and rose from the grace on the third day. I believe You are seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. I invite you into my heart at my personal Savior and King. I invite you into my heart to be my friend, redeemer and confidant. I ask that you cleanse me from my sins, past present and future and that Your Holy Spirit dwell on the inside of me. All of these things I ask in Your name. Amen.
Now if you said that prayer for the first time or did it to rededicate your life to Christ I want you to know all of Heaven is rejoicing over you right now. The Bible says, even when one soul is saved all of Heaven rejoices. I also want you to know that God’s Holy Spirit lives on the inside of you and will be talking to you from now on!! If you ever feel as disconnect, plead the blood of Jesus over you again and listen. I want to encourage you to read you Word and get into a good Bible teaching and believing church. By doing these things you will strengthen your relationship with Christ and come to know Him for yourself.
am so thankful you were able to read my post. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you. May He give you His children, His peace.
Passionate lover of Jesus Christ,
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John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.