Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Do You Hear The Spirit Speaking?

Too many of us Christians don't know what we are talking about. We live by word of mouth, not bothering to go to the source directly. We may read the Scriptures and perhaps attend Bible study where we enjoy great discussion but how much time do we spend in meditating on the Word; allowing it to sink in deep, to shape our perspective, thinking and actions? In such a crowded society, with so much to "do", I don't we do it at all.

To love Jesus is to love his Word and to love his Word is to desire to be shaped by it. I like the progression of Psalm 19:

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;"

It is so profound that it changes our soul.

"The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;"

It impacts our thinking,making us wise.

"The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;"

It frees us from from the ugliness of self, bringing joy to out heart.

"The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;"

It clears away the fog of the sin of this world and allows us to see.

"The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;"

In a world in constant flux, it never changes.

"The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

In a world that continues to redefine right and wrong, good and bad, the Word of God remains the correct revelation of Yahweh's holiness.

How can we say that we love Jesus and then ignore our only source of revelation? The Word of God is a book unlike any other and is understood through the direct revelation of the Holy Spirit. In other Words, when Jesus possesses you, he teaches you as you meditate on his Word. So as the psalmist indicates, it should be precious to us:

More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)

Let's not forget accountability. The Spirit uses the Word to guide us, speak to us and correct us. If we are not hiding the Word in our heart, what does the Spirit have with which to speak to us?

Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward. (v. 11)

If you seriously want to follow and serve Jesus then learn to be in love with his Word. If you want to hear clearly from the Spirit, meditate on it, memorize it, allow it to be hidden in your heart so you can hear him speaking to you.

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