52 Walking with the ShepherdPosted: February 26, 2013
We spoke of hearing Jesus as the Shepherd last blog. We hear Him in His word. We also hear Him through nature and people. What is more, He informs our hearts and minds.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4
Jesus speaks. He speaks in nature. A thunderclap proclaims His power and majesty. Warm summer breezes tell of His gentleness. The brilliance of the Sun depicts Jesus. He is the light of the world. Black nights demonstrate the darkness of evil. The air about us reminds us of the Lord’s constant presence. The wind reminds us of the flowing of His Spirit into our hearts, bringing refreshment.
We can speak Jesus’ words, not only when we quote scriptures but as we live life. Obviously, Jesus will not contradict the Bible, His word to us. In addition, the Spirit gives wisdom and knowledge ‘for [our] common good’, so that we can strengthen, encourage, and correct one another. (I Cor. 12:7-8) He brings wisdom, knowledge and His refreshing and cleansing truth to our hearts. God created us in His image and snatches of His light appear through us, tarnished though His image may be. He utilizes us to speak His Word to one another. We need to listen to Jesus and what He may be speaking through each other. Therefore, we need to share ourselves with safe people and be safe people for others. As those struggling with perfectionism we, more often than not, try to do our relationship with God alone. We need input from others. I need and invite your feedback!
I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws. Ezekiel 36:27
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by My Father in heaven.” Matthew 16:17
[N]o one can say “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 12:3
God speaks directly to our hearts and minds. This isn’t just some mystical falderal. Our Western scientific mindset tends to discount God’s work in our lives. God can intersect our thoughts with His thoughts. As I Corinthians 12:3 shows, we come to faith through the Spirit’s intervention. We need to consider what God may be speaking to our spiritual ears.
We test what we hear by the Word and apply discernment as we walk with the Shepherd.
Getting my work out with the Shepherd,
WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement
Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received. We have a dream & need support and prayers.
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