I’ve been praying for years…and years, that I would be able to discern God’s voice, that I would be able to hear “this is the way, walk ye in it.” I never felt able to do that until these last few months, when I have learned to cling to God. Those that seek, find. Earnestly seek, not just a mental assent, sort of “yeah that would be nice.” But a total, all-out hunger for His voice. I’m finding that I hear His voice in the strangest times and strangest ways. Rarely when I’m actually praying about a problem, but later when I’m going thru something maybe completely unrelated, I have that a-ha moment. This is the answer to that prayer.
You have to tune your ears, just like finding the right radio station. You have to have your spiritual antenna up, scanning the stations by looking for the answers. How many times have I thought God didn’t answer my prayers, when really I just wasn’t looking in the right places, I wasn’t expecting to hear a reply. I’ve had to spend more time in the Word, more time in prayer, lots more time in meditating on the Word. Less time complaining, less time in entertainment, and waaaaay more time doing. We can’t fool ourselves by being hearers of the Word only, we must do what we know to do. God doesn’t need to give us light for the next step until we take the first one.
In a recent sermon I heard, the pastor talked about how Jesus died to save us from the penalty of death. Most of us have heard that part frequently, His blood covers our sins and we go to heaven not hell. Praise the Lord. But he reminded us it’s so much more than that. He came to break the power of sin over us, to set us free from the bondage of slavery to sin. He came so that we don’t have to say “Well that’s just me. I can’t help it.” Oh glory! I can change! I don’t have to be bound by bad habits or responses, bad attitudes, addictions, poor personality traits. I can be full of joy, patience, gentleness, and self-control by the power of the Holy Spirit! When you really grab a hold of that it will change your life. No temptation has overtaken you that you can not overcome with the power that Jesus death and resurrection bought for you. You can be free!
Thank you Lord Jesus, that you bought for me not just salvation, though that is a magnificent gift. Your grace is so much more. It’s the power to have abundant, victorious life, if I will abide in you. Help me take hold of that truth and that power and use it to transform my life and the lives of those around me. Make me more like you every day. Help me tune my ears to your voice and not listen to any other. I am longing for your return, when I shall no longer see through a glass darkly, but instead see you face to face. Maranatha! Amen.