James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
EVERY TRIAL IN OUR LIVES IS ALLOWED FOR TWO PURPOSES:
THE FIRST IS TO CONFORM US TO THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
THE SECOND IS TO BRING US TO A PLACE OF MATURITY WHERE HE CAN TRUST US WITH MORE AUTHORITY TO DO THE WORKS THAT HE DID, WHICH ARE THROUGH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
THEREFORE, WE MUST SEIZE OUR TRIALS AS JAMES ENCOURAGES, COUNTING THEM AS JOY, BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS LEAD TO THE DAWN’S LIGHT.
Zechariah 12:1 – “Thus says the Lord, Who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him.”
God is Spirit, and Zechariah 12 tells us that God formed the spirit of man within him. The human spirit is what makes relationship and fellowship with God possible at all. Through his spirit, man can walk in step with God. In the Spirit he is one with God.
Through his spirit he knows of God and receives everything God wants to communicate to Him. It is in Man’s spirit that Christ takes up residence.
He who puts on Christ is one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 – “But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.”
Psalm 5:3 — ‘In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.’
Hearing from God is living with expectation toward Him because expectation places a demand on the Holy Spirit. We should live with expectation toward God twenty-four hours a day, for He abides within us at all times.
God does talk. He is speaking continually. Christians need to develop their receivers (their human spirits) which will enable them to tune in to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
If we start our day by thinking of all that needs to be done, our minds will attempt to figure things out, and we’ll shut God out of our thoughts. If we focus on Him, He will talk to us and direct our day.
I live with expectation, I pray with expectation, I listen with expectation — I hear HIS VOICE.
I take time to listen to the Lord to hear strategies for myself, my family, and the needs of the Kingdom.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY