How sensitive are you to the Holy Spirit?
I mean, how clearly do you hear the voice of God giving you instruction, leading you day to day and helping you make the correct decisions based on His will for your life?
Instead of a New Year’s resolution, my husband and I have determined that we are going to listen to the voice the Holy Spirit. Not only are we going to listen for His voice, but we are also going to obey.
Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not.
The flesh screams when it wants something. I mean really screams. Have you heard those little kids in the grocery store? They scream like their fingers and their toes have been cut off, you know the ones. Well, think louder.
We’re talking loud. And if I’m not listening, carefully considering, and waiting for the voice of the Holy Spirit, I’ll miss it. Because most of the time, my flesh is having a temper tantrum and it’s hard to hear anything else.
Here is what I have noticed since the Holy Spirit has started leading me.
1. My flesh doesn’t like it. My flesh is at battle with the Holy Spirit but my mind and my soul have determined that the flesh is no longer in control here. This temple is the dwelling place of the almighty God and this body is going to become the five star hotel it was meant to be.
2. My decision to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit has already impacted my life for the better. I am eating better yet I do not feel oppressed. I have lost weight. I have a better relationship with my husband and my children. I am getting more and giving more from/to my church body. The Word is alive to me. I weep at the sound of his voice. I feel loved and cherished. I am secure knowing I am in the safety of His arms. I am justified knowing His grace has covered all of my sins. I am confident that His plans for me are much better, greater and more fulfilling than anything I can think up on my own, therefore I will trust His leading.
3. Others have benefited from my decision. I have been more sensitive to His voice, therefore I am more aware of others and their situations.
God has used me several times, through a simple whisper, to touch the lives of those around me. I know beyond a shadow of doubt that had I not been listening, carefully considering and waiting for His whisper, I would not have had the opportunity to bless those around me.
I am full of joy because I know the Lover of my soul takes delight in spending time with me. Wow.
You know what? He loves you that much too. Make time to listen to Him today. He is waiting patiently for those he loves to curl up on His lap and cuddle in.
John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Thanks for taking the time to grow with me this Wednesday!
Darlene Shortridge, Christian Author
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