|Thanks Leonie for the photo!|
Sometimes it can be tricky to understand or be sure of what God is saying to us. For some of us we can't make out what the 'voice' in our head is saying, but I've come to realise it isn't always a voice. This article that I found in our church newsletter has helped me tremendously, and the lady who wrote it Roslyn Hartwig, has graciously given me permission to use it. I will be building on it in a few weeks time with a few of my own experiences, and if you are wondering about the difference between body, soul and spirit, have a little read here.
"If we live by the spirit, let us then walk in the Spirit" Galatians 5:25
One of the most recognised ways to do this is to hear what God says and then to obey and do it. To hear in this way implies words, but is hearing of words (either in your spirit, through the Bible or audibly) the only the way?
I have often wondered why I don't 'hear' God very often. It has only been recently that I have realised that being led by the Spirit is now always about words heard in your head. Sometimes, it is action with conscious thought.
An article I read recently explains it quite well.
"The better you get at something eg. golf, painting, driving a car, (being led by the spirit,) the less you consciously think. Talking is too slow! It is an inefficient method for guiding our actions. Nevertheless, this does not mean no thought at all. When people are skilled, they have internalised their thinking. What happens is their thinking has become non-verbal. This is faster and more efficient than language thinking."
The saying 'actions speak louder than words' is, I think, just as true in this context. When we allow the Spirit to flow through our minds and bodies without explanation or reasoning it with our minds first, God can use us to do His will without hindrance. So often when we think it over, we allow fear to come to the fore and then we hesitate to do what we know to do.
As for sin within us, this where we must listen to our consciences. We know when what we do (consciously or unconsciously) is good or bad. We still need to strive to overcome negative impulses and increase instances of being God inspired instead.
Allow God to touch your spirit first, body second. Do not try to explain and reason these actions away with your mind. This is not necessary and can be counter productive to the way of God and the Holy Spirit. Listen with your spirit only and answer Him with actions; not explanations.
"Do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
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