I wanted to write a brief piece mentioning walking with God in everyday life that is two-fold in living life that springs from the spirit of God.
The first part is hearing. I don’t always hear a phrase or words or a song from God unless I’m being intentionally reflective or asking God a direct question in my mind and thoughts. I do often notice inspired thoughts as I am just going through life open to direction. This can come as a reminder to do something I have completed forgotten, or it can be an inspired way to encourage someone or do an act of service or it can be a solution that previously you couldn’t see or something that requires your attention. I notice these thoughts when they come into my head are not my own and they often feel more like an invitation for partnership that has life and glory on the other side of it rather than a command or requirement. These are the types of communication I believe Jesus referred to when he says I do what I see my father doing. These can come as pictures in your head or ideas in your imagination but they truly are powerful and divinely inspired even if they don’t feel revolutionary or earth shattering. Obedience always results in lasting fruit. And sometimes this just looks like your character choices in maintaining or pursuing connection in relationships.
This is the first step of hearing and living a life flowing from the river of God. The second part is where the wisdom of maturity comes in. Just because you’ve received inspiration doesn’t mean to run and execute it immediately. Often there is freedom to when you are inspired to respond at leisure or right away in peace. But there can also be a shelf period when hearing from God. I recognize this in other believers I respect and admire. They receive a thought but then carry it within them until God orchestrates circumstances and timing for its release or execution. For instance, you may feel inspired to say something to a certain individual that would be encouraging to them but perhaps don’t feel peace about writing it through an email or calling them on the phone. Perhaps the Lord has you run into them by chance two days later and God brings that word of encouragement you had for them to mind and you share it in that moment. This often is the best way to pursue obedience. God really often does not need our initiative when taking care of kingdom business, often he just is looking for our response in the midst of his continuous divine orchestration.
One caution in this is when things have sat so long on the shelf or get pushed to the back they fall off and never happen. Keep in mind the world doesn’t end when this happened. There is no condemnation in walking in the spirit with the Lord. Everything, including our learning and failure, carries value. But perhaps there is an act or a word or a communication or a thought or a creative idea that the Lord has invited you into once that maybe is still ripe with glory available for you to bring to earth from the heaven in your mind. The waiting on God to create the opening is a part of the maturing process of hearing from God and walking hand in hand with him. Friends influence each other and what a privilege share life with a living, intimate, kind, forgiving God.
One way you may have to listen beyond your understanding is in regards to your own self worth. God will tell you a million times that you are worthy, lovely, righteous, worth his love, and full of nobility but somehow we continually need to be reminded to believe it! Often we are our own worst critique and rarely cut ourselves some slack. Jesus continually reminds me of his undeserved favor, and his kindness and affection is something you need to be open to hearing, and not only that, but believing it!
Blessings on your adventures is hearing and walking with Jesus!