Lord is saying: Great is your future as you walk with me. Whatever
you leave behind to follow me pales into insignificance. Wherever
I am is the place to be. In the world there are fashions and in-crowds,
the in- place to go, the in- people to be with. People cling to
this and that to find importance and worth. But I say that the
place to be is to be with me. This may seem so insignificant to
the world, but in the royal courts of heaven you are in the most
important place, the place of safety, the place where it is all
happening, the place where I can use you as a conduit to change
the desperate state of the world. Be diligent to walk with me.
Listening to God - Part 4
way of solving differences in the Body of Christ
takes a group of people who will say "I haven't got it all"
and silently lay down their opinions, and listen to the Holy Spirit
on issues arising in the church, so they can see conflicts in
the light of the Spirit. Yes we have the mind of Christ, not in
our flesh, but in our spirit. It is imperative then that we learn
to listen to our spirit man. What God will do with such a group
who will lay down everything to listen to Him is wonderful.
55: 6- 9 Seek the LORD while he may be found;call on him while
he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his
thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on
him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
think that your thoughts are not wicked or evil, but in our flesh
we are always in conflict with what God is thinking.
my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.
As the heavens
are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Step 1: Praise and Worship
When very hurtful and
sensitive differences arise in the body of Christ, there is a
beautiful way of solving differences. It is a good time, after
a session of praise and worship to the Lord, when our hearts are
open and soft unto Him and to each other, to lay the matter before
Step 2: Ask the Holy
Spirit to come, take his Lordship and bring the group to the light
of His truth
The leader of the session
asks the Holy Spirit to come, in the Name of Jesus and for Him
to give the group one mind on the, sometimes, very delicate issue.
Step 3: Absolute silence
crucial - lay down own opinions
It is very important
not to speak an opinion at this stage as it is usually people's
opinions that have hurt and caused divisions in the group. Because
of the openness of the people, the enemy can use this time to
hurt and wound if someone speaks their opinion before listening
to God. No, absolute, uttermost silence is required for God to
speak and be Lord of the situation. Usually people come entrenched
in their own views and find it difficult to lay down their opinions
so it takes some humility and courage to say, "I haven't
got the full picture here", and to be very quiet.
Step 4: Be
assured that God will speak
God wants to speak more
than we want to hear him. He has promised that He will give His
wisdom to any of you who asks... that means any so it means you.
Many Christians say they can't hear God. Never say that you can't
hear God, but be open, God is able. If He can show geese how to
fly in a V, He can speak to you, despite
all you think could block Him.
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Just relax and be open.
Do not worry about "not getting anything" If you don't,
or think you haven't or may have got it wrong or don't feel confident
to share. It won't matter. We are all on a learning curve. This
is the place to make your mistakes, where you are loved.
Step 5: When everyone
is ready the leader asks who has something to share
A space of time is given
until each person is ready. Many will have 'heard' from the Lord
and have a piece of the 'jigsaw' God wants to bring to the group.
The understanding we have received is usually something felt in
the 'belly', the mid region just below the ribs, an awareness
of God's will in the matter. What happens next is quite incredible.
People relate bible scriptures, visions, words, whatever, it can
just be a feeling of peace or love. God isn't limited to how he
will show the person his will on the matter. And a picture begins
to emerge, minds are changed and God does a healing in the group.
Step 6:Write down the
will of God on the matter.
This truth that has been
revealed is a very precious jewel that will stand everyone in
good stead in times of shaking. Write it down and make sure it
is kept safe. When the enemy tries to bring division.... tell
him.... it is written.