We’ve been talking about praying constantly, in the little things. As you continue do this on a consistent basis, you become more and more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
As you ask for His guidance in choosing what clothes to wear or what to fix for dinner or what route to take to work, it becomes easier and easier for the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit man. This allows your spirit man to connect to your mind and give you the advice the Holy Spirit is providing. In turn, your mind becomes more accustomed to following the directions – actually making the decision, to follow the Holy Spirit. Amen!
As you continue to practice and implement this process on a daily basis, several times per day and then, ultimately, continually all day long – your FAITH will begin to increase.
Because you KNOW God is talking to you when you ask Him a question. You become sensitive to His voice through the Holy Spirit. Think of it like this. You take your children to the mall and, while distracted for just a moment, you six year old wanders off. It was only two minutes, maybe – but where are they?
You start to scan, quickly. You don’t see them. You call their name. But there are hundreds of people and their kids near you. But you HEAR one voice. One voice stands out from all of the rest. It’s your child! You call again and zero in on their location and find them just twenty or thirty feet from you around the corner in another aisle. RELIEF! Praise God!
But, how did you recognize your child’s voice from all of the others that were talking in your immediate area? How did your child recognize YOUR voice from among all of the others in the area?
You have been communicating with one another on a daily basis for, in this example, six years. You both have become accustomed to the others voice. So when you called out, your child picked up on your voice. When they responded, you picked up on their voice. Despite all the noise of other voices speaking at the same time, you were able to distinguish each others voices and connect quickly. Amen!
Now, it works the same exact way with the Holy Spirit and you.
If you become accustomed to listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in the little things, it gets easier and easier for you to “hear” God’s promptings in the serious situations (such as you child that was lost in the mall).
Then, when you truly NEED God’s guidance in a major decision, such as changing careers or moving to a new town or a huge financial investment, like a new home or car, etc. – you will hear HIM and pay attention to HIM and not all of the noise of other voices speaking at the same time.
Think of it like being in mall. What is the purpose of the mall? Basically, to separate YOU from your money, right? Do you really need that $300 jacket or $250 pair of shoes? Do you really need that 84” flat panel HDTV? Your 64” at home is working just fine…
If you pray in situations like that, you will hear God’s voice telling you what to do. It may just be a “peace” that comes over you or it could be a prompting of “NO.”
Some of the best advice I ever received concerning this method of making a decision came from my mentor in the Faith, Dr. Jerry Savelle. I was talking with him one time and asked him that direction. “How do I know I’m making the right decision.”
His response was, “Peace. If I pray about something and I have complete peace on the inside of me, I know I’m in the Will of God. But if there is “something” on the inside of me that is causing an unsettling, anything at all, I do not move forward. I may move forward later, perhaps the timing wasn’t right. But I will not move unless the Peace of God is on the inside of me concerning the decision.”
Folks, I’ll leave you with that. BUT, you will only be able to sense the “Peace of God” if you have become accustomed to hearing His voice. And you can only do that, through continuous, constant prayer. Amen!
Until next time, this is Pastor Bob Thibodeau reminding you from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in the Living Bible to “Always Keep on Praying!” Be blessed in all that you do!
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