Do not restrain the Holy Spirit, do not despise inspired messages. Put all things to the test; keep what is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:18-21 GNT
Many of us want to hear the still small voice – the voice of God’s Spirit – leading us. After all, He is in us as a gift from God, guiding us from within if we let him.
When discerning and walking in daily dialogue with the Spirit becomes a lifestyle, everything else – your job, friend life, enterprise etc – becomes a delight.
All of a sudden, life becomes full of moments and memories because yours is anchored on the source – God – and that river overflows to everything else.
God speaks in so many ways. He speaks through his word especially, but he also uses dreams and visions. He uses people, draws our attention using signs on the street, as well as other little things to recalibrate our steps. I’m sure many of you have stories you can share.
However, in trying to develop a lifestyle of listening to and discerning the still small voice of God’s Spirit that is deep-deep-deep down within us, I came by two striking thoughts which, frankly, were so mundane it shocked me.
First Striking Thought
Has your mom, father, aunt, grandma, or boss ever called you while you were in the doing something and you frowned, hesitated, or acted like you were not hearing, acted like you were sleeping, and tried to avoid going because it was inconvenient?
I know, it could be annoying sometimes when they call you once, and then twice. Then you do what you are told, and then they call you again in the middle of something. Its annoying especially when those who do cannot decide why they called you or what they want. Sometimes, we even stall so that the person calling will call someone else after they’ve exhausted themselves calling us.
I know I have.
But in wanting to do that lately, I discerned counsel from the Counsel deep within me spring up. The counsel was:
If you cannot answer [whoever called] when they call to you and instead try to hide or make an excuse, what makes you think you will be able to hear the still small voice of God guiding you? What makes you think you will be able to swiftly hear and obey the still small voice leading you in life and also toward the destiny he is preparing you for?
Think about it.
This counsel, in my opinion, could also be seen as another in depth wisdom expression of the following word:
If we say we love God, but hate our brothers and sisters, we are liars. For people cannot love God, whom they have not seen, if they do not love their brothers and sisters, whom they have seen – 1 John 4:19, 20 GNT
In order words,
What makes you think you will hear and obey the still small voice of God whom you if you won’t quickly answer and respond at the first call/shout of your name when its some authority figure (mom, dad, aunt, boss) you see? If you can’t respond with honor and respect when you are requested by your elders and authority figures around you now, what makes you think you’ll hear the still small voice of the Spirit at all?
Do you think you will grow in discerning that voice and do you think God will trust you with more in depth dialogue about secret things He could do with you, through you, for the sake of others?
Second Striking Thoughts
But here’s another epiphany.
When my uncle called me once, I remembered the first lesson above, “Swiftly answer and respond.”
However, I was busy and was hoping he would tell me what he wanted from the dining room while I was in my room. I was hoping he would come to me. Silly right. That’s when I remembered this:
Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them and they will eat with me – Revelations 3:20
Did you catch that?
Key phrase – open the door!
He called, you answered, but he waits for you to go where he is and open the door. This is equivalent to Moses seeing the burning bush then stepping aside to really check it out.
In that moment, I discerned a still small voice deep-deep-deep down within me:
If you answer your uncle but can’t swiftly get up and go to him to hear what he has to say, what makes you think you will hear the still small voice, leave behind what you are doing, swiftly go to where God calls to hear and do what he says?
Listening to and discerning the intuitive leading of the Spirit can become a daily delight in doing life and living a lifestyle of love, life, laughter, ministry, and enterprise with God. It improves our dialogue with our father in heaven. We get the chance to discuss His many thoughts toward us and his thoughts about others. It certainly comes in handy at the implementation phase of His dream for others (whether it be salvation, peace…freedom etc) or ours (the ideas, dreams visions, enterprise He inspired in us).
Simply put, you are Jesus sheep and you hear his voice and the voice of a stranger you will not heed. However, how well you hear that voice is another story.
Apart from other little distractions (you know) it is possible that the strangest, yet, quite possibly the biggest reason why we find it difficult or don’t grow in listening and discerning the still small voice is something as small as
The manner in which we respond to our moms, dads, uncles, aunties, bosses, elders…and other authority figures in our immediate lives and spheres of influence. It seems the speed we respond to them and the attitude with which we approach them influences our ability to discern the still small voice of God’s Spirit and influences how well we grow in our dialogue with God about life and destiny
Paul was right when he wrote, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways – 1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV.”
I guess its time for some of us to grow up!
Happy thinking and happy growing.
I hope this blesses you.
May you be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you can think on a higher plain from the mind of Christ. I wish you nothing short of life, laughter, love, good health, and prosperity this week.
One Love, One Spirit
Please, if you get the chance and you are able, comment. I’d really like to hear your thoughts. Do you agree or disagree? love to know what you think. It would be a blessing reading from y’all.