The importance of listening
Wow. I just realized that nearly two months have passed since my last post. For that I am sorry, I should try to keep up a little better. So here's a start!
I just recently finished a book that I ordered for a friend of mine. Yes I read it first, he was out of town when I came in, and he said I could. The book was Demons and Doctors by Dewayne Bricker. My friend had me order this book after we've been dealing with another friend with a strong demonic influence in his life, and we're seeking to learn what we can to be better able to help our friend. Anyway, that's not the important part.
The main premise of this book was to ALWAYS follow the direction of the Spirit of God, He's never wrong. You see God has a plan working in everyone's lives (Jeremiah 29:11 for an example of God's known plans toward Israel), and because of this plan He directs the paths of individuals to accomplish this plan (Proverbs 16:9). Since God is willing and able to direct our paths we should be willing and able to allow Him to direct. God's plan is always the best option and as such we should be seeking in our daily walk to stay in His plan, and that He would use us in that plan. A great example of this is our friend with the demonic influence in his life. Let me tell you a story.
I was eating lunch on Wednesday as usual when the Spirit of God said "Ok, you're done, let's go". Now when I say "The Spirit said" don't take that as I was hearing an audible heavenly voice just the still small voice of the Spirit (1 Kings 19:11-13 for more info). I had just finished this book on Sunday, and since I have been constantly thinking and praying for guidance in my daily walk so I was ready and willing to go when He called. I was pulling out of the parking lot when the Spirit simply said "Go left". Not a big deal I usually wind up going left anyway as I can avoid the lights on the way back to work. This road also happens to be the road that passes our friend's road. Many days I will turn through and simply drive by praying for him and his family on the way back to work so when the Spirit led me to do just that I didn't think anything of it. Only this time as I turned around to come back out the dead end road my friend was pulling into his driveway. I rolled the window down and shouted to him. He made his way over to the car and we visited a moment. He asked "why are you driving down my road?" my response was from the Spirit that "I drive by from time to time to pray for you and your family". The look in his eyes to know that someone cares enough to take a moment out of their day to pray for him was worth every moment of me driving by. You see God didn't use my to save his soul (at least not yet) but he did use my to bring a blessing and proof that someone is praying for him which is what he really needs. Sometimes God's plan can be for you to be a blessing to someone else, sometimes it may be for you to pray over someone and heal them, or it may be for you to lead someone to a true saving knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord. The Spirit will lead you when and where He needs you, but you have to be willing to follow unquestioningly.
James said it pretty good in 1:22-27 that we are to be doers of the word and not just hearers. I talked with the youth this morning about what that word is, and we agreed this morning that the direction of the Spirit could be part of that "word". You see many people, my past self included, are bad about hearing the Spirit give them direction whether at church on Sunday or driving down the road and hearing that word, but then when it comes time to respond and follow they ignore it. These are the people who look at themselves knowing what they look like (or should look like) and turn around and immediately forget who they are/should be.
Take this week to seek God's guidance in your life and strive to obey every step of the way. If God can use some of the people throughout the Bible to do His work (think Lazarus, remember he was DEAD) then I'm pretty sure He can use us!
Have a great week!!