Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let Him Hear What The Spirit Is Saying

"He That Hath An Ear."  We find this verse all through the scriptures, from Jeremiah and Ezekiel to the gospels to Revelation.  I have often prayed that God would give me a hearing ear.  One day as I was praying this the Lord spoke very clearly to me and said, "I have already given you a hearing ear.  Now it is up to you to choose whether or not to listen to what the Spirit is saying to you." 

Recently I sat in a congregation listening to the word of the Lord.  The minister was teaching that the word "name" really means "nature."  Our name says something about us.  There are many examples of this in the bible.  Jacob meaning "surplanter or deciever", Abraham meaning "father of nations", Emannuel meaning "God with us."  As the minister was talking about this I reached for my bible and it fell open to Luke 8.  My eyes immediately landed on verse 30.  Jesus said, "What is your name?"  I knew the Lord was asking me this question, "What is your nature?"  I also knew that this was a question that I needed to spend some time in reflection about to be able to answer honestly. 

Once more during the minister's sermon, as I proceeded to flip to a particular verse, my bible automatically fell open, this time to the third chapter of Genesis.  These words met my eyes:  "Adam, where art thou?"  I didn't need a PHD to know what the Lord was asking me that day.  Two questions, What is your nature and where are you?

He then brought to my mind Revelation 14.  "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."  I knew the Lord was saying to me, "I want you to be there with me, a part of the hundred and forty four thousand, and I want you to have my Father's nature written in your forehead." 

Our forehead speaks of our thoughts; our government.  I have had to examine myself since this time and ask myself, "Am I being governed by HIS thoughts and ways or my own?  What IS my nature?  Is it His nature?  Do I have the mind of Christ?  Where am I?  Am I in Him or am I wrapped up in my own self and desires? 

There are seven women in Isaiah chapter 4 that, "shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach."  In essence what they are saying is this: "we want to do our own thing, feast on what we want to feast on, wear our own clothing instead of Christs' robes of righteousness, but let us have your name Jesus.  Let us be called christians." 

Could this be why in Luke 12:22 Jesus tells us, "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on."?  We are to let him feed us what he wants us to eat (spiritually speaking) and let him clothe us with his righteous robes. 

King David said, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me."  (Psalm 139)  We should not always be looking inward, but we must always have the attitude of allowing God to search our hearts and put his finger on those things he wants to bring to our attention. 

We were taught as youngsters what to do just before crossing a road.  STOP.  LOOK.  and LISTEN.  I urge you brethren, to find a quiet place and cross that road with the Lord.  Let him speak to your heart.  If there are any areas in our lives that are still under our own government may we willingly offer those places over to him.  We know from reading Psalm 24 that "the ones who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD or who shall stand in his holy place is He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

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