A myriad of helpful hints and strong suggestions often flood the airways on social media. If someone posts an issue, many will stop scrolling long enough to contribute what they think best. I have been on both the receiving and the giving end of this process, though I am more cautious with what I post now.
Praying, checking my heart, listening to heaven, opening His Word. I don’t do these things 100% of the time before I post, but I am practicing making it a habit to do at least one if not more before I respond.
I have good things to add to others’ lives, but nothing is as good for others as His will, His wisdom, His love.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent and discerning if they hold their tongues (Proverbs 17:28).
This post comes now because I am convicted by the Holy Spirit. I must pause before I allow others to speak to that secret place in my soul. Even the best-intentioned sisters and brothers in the faith can seductively sway you away from His will for your life.
I have made the mistake of assuming because someone has been in the faith longer than I that they are more intimately tied to His robe, to His Word. I have accepted their words as authority. God showed me this is error.
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What about you? Whom do you allow to speak into your God-given life?
We know not everyone will agree with us. That’s not what this is about.
Only God designed you, gifted you. Only God knows where He is leading you next.
We need to rely on Holy Spirit who has the power to know what is to come when listening to others. True, God will use others to speak His will over you. Be ever-discerning. I can share two different ways I could have been misled by good-hearted children of God:
- Soon after I began Christian speaking, someone questioned my identity, sort of double-backed on my words when I said I will speak to men and women. There are many in the faith who believe I shall not preach or teach men because I am a woman. God has put me in front of many congregations where men and women attend to preach His Word. God has called me to be a pastor, not just for women … for His sheep, for whatever flock He will entrust to me. Whom shall I allow to speak into my life besides the Lord?
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? (Romans 11:33-34).
- I have spoken to several people about my first book, the memoir of my given salvation. Some scoff at the working title, some have strongly suggested I write a Bible study instead. I sense Spirit is flexible on the title, but He is clear. This is my first book, words He continues to flow through me for His people. I cannot listen to anyone on earth, no matter how genuine and caring, that will deter me from the writing track He has set before me, the track I trust He will use to graft others in, those who need restored with the living hope of Christ.
“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming’, declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I have their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord. (Jeremiah 30: 2-3).
Plant two feet beside me on the Rock of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Lean towards heaven, let’s bend our ears to hear His whispers.
Yes! Let’s meditate on His knowledge imparted to the secret spaces in us.
My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth (Psalm 139:15).
It is not that we have to refuse any and all suggestive help.
We need to slow our roll.
Listen with our hearts, minds and souls to what is being physically said and to how Spirit is working.
Discernment is defined in Webster as “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure”. The best news is we do not have to discern alone, in our own strength. If we have received Jesus as Lord and Savior, then Holy Spirit resides within us. Our bodies are His temporary residence while we are on this earth.
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He (Holy Spirit) will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to You” (John 16:13-14).
Just like with anything, the more you listen/read Bible/pray, the closer you will become to Jesus, the more tuned your ears will be to His voice of Truth.
My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27).
The less you listen/read Bible/pray and the more you listen to the myriad of voices competing with God, your heart will become confused, your confidence in being His child will decrease, and your direction in life will be unclear.
Let my cry come right into Your presence, God; provide me with the insight that comes only from Your Word. Give my request Your personal attention, rescue me on the terms of Your promise. Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, You’ve taught me the truth about life! And let Your promises ring from my tongue; every order You’ve given is right. Put Your hand out and steady me since I’ve chosen to live by Your counsel. I’m homesick, God, for Your salvation; I love it when You show Yourself! Invigorate my soul so I can praise You well, use Your decrees to put iron in my soul. And should I wander off like a lost sheep-seek me! I’ll recognize the sound of Your voice (Psalm 118:169-176 MSG).
I do not lay blame to anyone who has offered me help or guidance along the way. Goodness, I even have Google offering me assistance, beckoning me to ask this virtual thing for help.
It is my responsibility to filter all incoming through my Father, my Jesus, my Holy Spirit and the Bible to arrive at His ways for my life. The more I abide in Him, the closer I get so that I may inhale Him, the more I remember Him.
His ways for my life are attainable on earth. I believe by faith that He will continue to guide me as I continue to seek Him.
There is a short list of humans who get a say in my life.
I trust Jason, my beloved, completely, without falter.
Then, I have some “safe sisters” who can know anything about me and speak into me. Each of these sisters and I know it is God first, so often our human do-good stuff gets pushed aside for prayer. When we pray, the world stops.
We need to honor others in their desire to help, but we also need to double-Dibble check if their wisdom matches God’s for our given life.
Even the apostle Paul encouraged his disciple Timothy to not take all his words at face value:
Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this (2 Timothy 2:7).
When we offer advice to another, walking perhaps where we have walked before, search Scripture and point them to the Lord above all. He is their safety, their comfort, their wisdom. He is waiting to bless the ones in heart-trouble. His love surpasses all of our earthly offerings.
I pray God met you here in this post. I pray your ears are tuned to hear His voice not only here but throughout this given life.
If you have questions about anything written here, please do not hesitate to ask me, or a trusted friend.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All prayer requests/questions are kept confidential.
All photos are from Pixabay.com. The last meme with the door is from the Holy Bible app.
In His Love,