Hi, dear family!!! Today I want to continue to reflect upon ways that we know our Father’s will. He speaks to us thru His Holy Spirit and thru His written Word. Another way He speaks to us is thru our thoughts. Thoughts are very interesting!!! They stem from our beliefs that lead to thoughts that lead to emotions that lead to actions. Lots of different thoughts can pass thru our minds and here are some things to consider about our thought life:
Thoughts may come to us such as call this person, pray for that person, do it this way, share this verse, don’t say anything right now or now is the time!!! A particular Scripture may come to our mind as we are praying or asking our Father for His guidance. It is a good thing for us to ponder our thoughts and “test everything (to see how it lines up with God’s Word). Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil” it tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22. It is important to examine our motives – what is our belief behind why we are doing or not doing. This is important because thoughts can come to us from God’s Holy Spirit, but also from our sinful nature (Mark 7:21) and Satan as well (Luke 22:3, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Mark 4:15). Yikes!!! Let us watch out, dear ones!!! Let us take the time to ponder before we act!!! God will persist in pursuing our hearts to do His will (1 Samuel 3).
We certainly don’t want to be too hasty in making our decisions and miss the way (Proverbs 19:2), but, if we sense God’s voice calling us to action and we wait too long in stepping forward in obedience, we might miss opportunities or experience other consequences of not listening to God’s voice when He speaks to us, too. Oh the story of Jonah is an interesting one and thru all of Jonah’s story, God kept hold of him!!! Whew!!! He certainly had some interesting experiences because of His hard heart, though!!! When the Israelites failed to act in obedience to God’s desire for them, they missed the opportunity to enter the land God wanted to give to them (Hebrews 3:15-19) and another example is Saul who lost his status as the King of Israel because he rejected the Word of God (1 Samuel 15:23). Ouch!!! Procrastination or ignoring divine thoughts can have its price tag for us in life for sure!!! Prisons are full of folks that choose not to go with divine thoughts!!! In most of those cases, they have lots of time to ponder it!!!
In application, what thoughts is our Father asking us to take action on today as we ponder??? Is there a thought that keeps speaking to us alot??? Is there a reason why we shouldn’t take that action now??? If not, He will show it to us and give us the right sense of timing!!! If now is the time, we can step out and trust our Father will be our sufficiency and provision to carry out what it is He calls us to do. Oh how exciting to join our Father in the divine adventures in life!!! I’m a gal seeking to test and hold on to the good and avoid evil too!!! I am thankful we have our Father to prod us or spur us on to love and good deeds in life and work in us to will and act according to His purpose!!! I have found when He is moving our hearts, it is hard to say no to Him!!! He has a way of making us brave in life and to have strength that accompanies the thoughts He gives to us as this song says here!!! I’m proud of ya’s for being brave to follow as Jesus leads us!!! I’m a gal seeking to be so also and trusting Jesus to bless us in going for Him!!! He is faithful and always works all things for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. YAY!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!
I found it interesting the other day when I was looking at a weather vane on my table that has the four directions on it N for north, E for east, S for south, and W for west. As I thought about that in regards to direction, Father showed me this way to look at N, E, S and W. N for never, E for eat, S for Satan and W for words. “Never Eat Satan’s Words.” Oh our Father always gives us good directions!!! 🙂 Seeking to follow Him with ya’s!!!