When we know God hears us, our communication and communion with Him increases. As we seek to hear God’s voice, other voices will try to hinder the clarity with which we hear. It could be our own voice, the voice of others, or the voice of our enemy. We must turn up the volume of the spiritual realm to turn down interferences to our hearing.
Whenever a lie gets too loud, we must tune in our mind to the truth. Whenever the sound of the world increases, the sound of Heaven gets even louder. When hurtful words come at us, we must quickly hear God’s reassuring Word. We learn to recognize God’s voice and tune out any hindering voices. God’s voice should speak louder than all others.
God loves us so much! He longs to hear from us. We can come boldly to the throne of grace for whatever need, bringing only ourselves, just the way we are. Here we surrender all, love Him, and delight in listening to Him. Our fellowship is without ceasing. Amid all we do, we know He is here. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us. Let us silence all to hear God, from glory to glory!
John 5:14-15 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
The more we humble ourselves, the more grace the Lord gives us. Humility helps us confront ourselves and others. It’s not something we can do ourselves; it comes from a surrendered heart. As we humbly submit to God, we resist the devil, and he flees!
Grace is receiving what we do not deserve. Not only are we saved by grace through faith; but the more we grow in the Lord, the more we grow in His divine ability. As we behold Him, we can look at ourselves. When we can face our weaknesses, forgive ourselves, and realize we constantly need improvement, we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us.
Humility brings clarity in our decision making. If we realize we have made choices in our past outside of God’s will, we repent and receive forgiveness. With a grateful heart, we daily seek the Lord for His leading. When we asked for God’s will to be done in our lives, we removed the pride that hinders our hearing. We honestly desire His ways above our own. We walk from grace to grace, from faith to faith, from glory to glory!
James 4:6-7 “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
In the same hospital, some are passing away while others are birthing babies. In an airport, some are weeping seeing their loved ones leave while others are celebrating their loved ones coming home. At every crossroads, we can look for the intervention of the Lord. He causes U-turns, taking us in the opposite direction. He turns our despair into hope. Hallelujah!
When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another group going the opposite direction. A widow was leaving the city, mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.
Jesus breaks through, touches, and heals us. Even when we cannot call upon His name amid our tears, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain, and moves with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise out of our conditions. When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed of them and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!
Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’”
We abide in the Word not by just reading it, but also by communicating with the Living Word, Jesus Christ. We long to hear His voice, learn truths, and grow in discipleship. We commune with Him, and worship Him throughout our daily walk. The Spirit gives life to the written word and gives us our daily bread. Hallelujah!
As we see a truth in the word manifested in our lives, we become free from listening to the lies that oppose it. For example, we read the scripture that says God will meet our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus. Then, when God provides, that truth becomes experiential knowledge, not just head knowledge. We stand in it in future battles.
When needed, we look for scriptures relating to what we are going through, meditate upon it, talk to the Lord about it, pray that scripture, and stand on its truth until we walk in its manifestation. Faith in the living word frees us from fear. We praise the Lord, rest in Him, and with joy expect the word to come alive in and through our lives, from glory to glory!
John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
The presence of Christ within us not only removes the darkness from within, but also the darkness we encounter. The light dispels the darkness; the darkness cannot dispel the light. The battles we go through often pertain to light coming against the darkness. We are not only carriers of the glory of God but also couriers. We are earthen vessels, and yet we have the glory of God within us.
It is a war between the flesh and the spirit. The key to releasing the anointing is to trust the treasure, not the earthen vessel. It’s not about me, myself, and I; but it’s all about the Lord Jesus moving in and through us! It’s the excellency of His power, not ours. We just yield ourselves to Him. It’s not based on how great we are, but on how great He is. Hallelujah!
We come to God surrendering our own knowledge, understanding, and reasoning. As we step into His purpose, our hearts cry out, “Oh God! Manifest your presence so that everyone will know who you are. Oh God! Let the world know that You are on the throne.” He dispels the darkness, His light shines through us, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
To recognize means to identify someone or something from a previous encounter; to know again. It also means to identify from knowledge of appearance or character. The anointing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the more we know the Holy Spirit, the easier it is to identify what is anointed: what comes from the Holy Spirit.
We develop our relationship with the Holy Spirit by spending time in fellowship, prayer and worship. We learn to know His voice through our reading and hearing of the word of God. As born-again believers, we have the Holy Spirit in us; therefore, the anointing is in us, and bears witness from within. We become acquainted with the peace that accompanies His guidance.
Many times, we will find ourselves in a situation when some people are doing things of the flesh… and others by the spirit. As we identify what is of the flesh, we recognize we are being led by the Holy Spirit and could not have known without the presence of both the truth and the lies. We learn to pay attention to His leading and trust Him, keeping our eyes on Him, and Him alone, from glory to glory!
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”