Hold On to His Promises
The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears and I have not been rebellious, I have not drawn back. (Isaiah 50:4-5)
Early in our walk in the Spirit we heard the teacher of a Bible study group say, “The gifts of the Spirit are for the church – at home as well as in the church!” This spoke to me and so I opened my heart to actually hear from God. When our children were teenagers, we were concerned about some of their activities and the direction we thought that they might take. We began to seek the Lord about them and He gave us a “faith vision” for each of them. He told us how He saw them and gave us a scripture to declare over them and we saw those words coming true in their lives. We then applied that discernment to our pastoral ministry and often when we were going through a conflict we would ask the Lord to give us a word and He would.
God is eager to speak to us and to bring peace. One church where we served gave us a difficult time about receiving the Holy Spirit so we asked the Lord what was going on. He said, “You are stemming the tide.” We saw ourselves in a boat moving forward against the oncoming flow. Later He told us, “The tide has changed.” What insight to receive and what peace. This happened so often we learned to keep our ears tuned in to Him.
Now we teach classes on hearing His voice. We talk about passion for His Presence, which means we are saying, “I want to hear Him and live in the word He gives to me.” It can happen daily or even hourly as we draw close to Him in the Holy of Holies. God with us, Emmanuel, makes his promises our own.