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Avoid being Pigeon Holed

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Sometimes we get so hung up with what the Devil is promoting; death, disease, error, confusion we become defensive and then go on the defense. When really love is on the offense. Love moves forward, love takes the lead, love is constantly planting in new ground. We should always be asking God, “What’s next?” What can I do to bless this person or that person? What can I do to love without hypocrisy? What kindness can I bestow? How can I give when the pressure is on? Where do I go next on this path God? God might just tell you to smile at a total stranger.

God honors conditions.

What would you do if you had an employee who was always asking you those kind of questions about your company?  Here are some examples in the Word of that kind of heart.

“Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshing floors. Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2

David asked, what do I do God? In that situation, David succeeded in battle. In fact, he did that over and over again. David did what it says in Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

But, you may say, I can’t hear God’s voice.

“For I am the LORD, I change not;” Malachi 3:6a

If He spoke to them then He still speaks today. He still moves today, and He’s still in the miracle business. But we must trust and let Him direct our steps, otherwise the conditions are not fulfilled and we will not see results.

We must become like Abraham became…fully persuaded.

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:20-21

How do we become persuaded like that? We start with little things. Ask God what route to take to work today. Use short, “yes” or “no” questions, “left” or “right” questions. Start practicing with the baby steps. You are going to miss it more than you get it in the beginning. But then, when big situations come up, you will be tuned in. God wants you to treat every time like the first time. It’s easy to assume God wants you to do the same thing in each scenario, but resist the urge. That’s how Christians get pigeon-holed as kooks.

When He works within you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure as it says in Philippians 2:13 it is in the quiet of your mind. Let the answers drop into your thoughts. Its your will, your actions. You decide to do them. He never takes away your free will choice.

I’ve heard it said that you need to practice doing this at least 2,000 times before you will be sure you are hearing God over your own mind. Do you know what that means? Our society is so geared towards distraction that you have to really focus. In David’s day and time, he didn’t have internet, cell phones, traffic jams or television, a few bleating sheep were his constant companions when he got started.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

By the time he was in the midst of the roar of battle, he had practiced enough to hear God clearly working in his own spirit and mind. God does not change. He did it for David and He will do it for you too. It takes patience, perseverance and practice, but like anything worth doing, its work and worth getting it right. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t hear God right away. It will take time.

Practice, Practice, Practice

This is real and it takes time, but it will also get you out of the defense and onto the offense with God. God wants us to hone our spiritual abilities. He gave them to us after all. Hearing Him speak to you is a biggie. When you are so busy seeing God’s direction in your life you will be a hard one to pigeon-hole.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Ephesians 1:3

God bless you today!

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