We are entering into the 2nd half of 2017. My grandmother was correct, “The older you get, the faster time moves!” I pray that as you have been journeying through this year, you have taken a closer look at who YOU are in God and have MADE steps to take whole of the promises that are yours in your pursuit TO BE WELL.
This is our 3rd blog in the series M.A.D.E. Dr. Aqua and I are providing some biblical to practical principles that we have learned throughout our journey of becoming MADE.
M.A.D.E. = Manifest. Activate. Discern. Evolve.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6 NKJV
Simply defined discern means to distinguish. Spiritual discernment is distinguishing the voice of God or better yet calling on the Holy Spirit for direction and clarity. So is discernment a spiritual gift such as prophesy or speaking in tongue? In my opinion, it is not. Discernment is a skill that we all possess as Christians, we just have to learn how to develop and refine the skill. Well how do you do that? So glad you asked.
I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected. Habakkuk 2:1 NKJV
I have noticed that I hear God clearly when I am in the shower. I know, pretty odd but the reason for this phenomenon is I am physically relaxed, my mind is clear and I am actually expecting to hear from God. Discernment begins when you approach your relationship with God with anticipation, expecting Him to speak.
Now I didn’t always expect to hear God in the shower. Around 2007 the expectation developed after I was minding my business in the shower and I clearly heard God say, “Go back to school.” I knew it was God because I vowed to anyone that would listen to me that I would never go back to school. I got out of the shower crying because I knew that I had just received unequivocal instruction from My Lord and Savior. That began my journey of expecting to hear from God in the shower. Now please don’t think that every time I take a shower I hear from God because I don’t BUT that is where I expect to hear from Him.
Since I am not in the shower all day, my challenge is to recreate that same posture throughout my day: relaxed, clear mind and expecting to hear from God. It is my belief that God is always speaking, even in His silence. We must posture ourselves to listen but not only listen; we must be ready to move when we hear God’s message. Wouldn’t it be a sad tale, if I heard from God about school but didn’t go back to school? In 2010 I graduated with a MBA Healthcare Management concentration and it has positioned me for higher heights. Ok, so back to recreating my shower posture; I pray daily to be in a constant state of listening. It is not easy because life comes and life comes fast but I continue to refocus throughout the day and slowly I gain my SHOWER POSTURE.
So your turn! Think of a time in your life that unequivocally you heard God’s voice. Remember the posture you were in; was it during your meditation time, was it while you were driving, was it when you first woke up? Whatever the case, when you think of the posture, connect your state of mind while in that particular posture and you will be well on your way to recreating it throughout the day. Remember, our goal is to be expect to hear from God so he can direct our path, give us clarity and direction.
If you are uncertain that you have ever heard God’s voice then create an atmosphere where you are relaxed, with a clear mind, expecting to hear from God. Pray Psalm 63:1-8, with anticipation to hear from Him. God yearns for a deeper relationship with us and He is waiting for us to listen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart…and He shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Fearfully and Wonderfully MADE,