Monday, 9 April 2018
What are your thoughts when you read this verse?
“I’m not pure enough…” (Self-condemnation) or “I am pure in heart. Surely, I will see God!” (Pride)
Our thoughts are generated from our inner spirit man. They reveal the condition of our inner being. Thoughts can also be an invasion by the enemy. The moment you allow him to enter through a tiny crack (in the wall of God’s protection), your thoughts become ungodly (e.g. self-condemnation). Lastly and most critically, if we capture all our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ, we hear God. Hallelujah!
So generally speaking, thoughts come from 3 sources: flesh (self-concerned), devil (who comes to kill, steal and destroy) and God (transformative). Normally, we don’t have time to go through a checklist to classify where each thought comes from.
Recently, I attended a talk on ‘Hearing God’s Voice’ and was much enlightened. The speaker was Kenny Tan. Two days ago, I shared (without prior preparation) with a small group attending the Alpha Course. Our leader asked me, “So, what have you learned?” Without hesitation, I replied, “Courage – boldness to speak – no longer afraid to make mistakes.”
I confess that I had critical thoughts about prophecies. I don’t trust what the person (the one prophesying) is saying. I analyze and rationalize. I had felt that there is great responsibility when you release a word or a vision. I do not want to mislead anyone. I forgot that God is the One giving the word. He is the One who will make the word come to pass. I am just His mouthpiece.
In the past when I have a word, I test it first to make sure it is from God. Often, I would be too slow... Someone else would have released the same word. There had been many opportunities when He urges me to go to a particular person, release a word and pray for him or her. God is amazing! He is very patient. He is very kind.
To answer our group leader’s question, I quoted Habakkuk 2: 1-2.
Habakkuk: I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
The LORD’s Answer: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald (whoever reads it) may run with it.
I also quoted Revelation 1: 10-11
On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said, “Write on a scroll what you see and send it… ”
When I retrieved my notes this morning, I saw the 3 simple steps to hearing God’s voice:
1. Still - still your heart
2. See – see with the eyes of your heart
3. Scribble – write
David says it so beautifully:
Dear Father God,
No word can describe how much you love us – individually and corporately. You have a plan – a good and wonderful plan – to prosper us and to proclaim that YOU ARE LORD. Let us not run around in circles any more. We are not trapped in cages. We are not running like hamsters on wheels… We want to run into Your Arms instead. Hallelujah!
Give us Jesus. We want to see Jesus. We want to hear what He has to say… Give us ears to hear. Jesus says, “He who has an ear, let him hear… To him who overcomes…” We want to hear. We want to overcome.
Speak Lord. Your servant is listening.
A Journaling Exercise (some questions you can ask Jesus):
Jesus, what do you think of me?
Jesus, what do you love about me?
Jesus, is there anything you like to say to me?
Dear reader of this devotional,
Jesus is waiting for you to ask Him questions. When He speaks, be like Mary who sits quietly at His feet, listening to every word Jesus says (giving him full attention, absolutely without distraction).
Lam Yee Ling