John 16:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
It is worth tuning our ears into God, to hear what he has to say for the day, any day, and every day. Sometimes I get so busy operating to doing what I think he wants me to do that many things I contrive are of my own imaginations or desires, and not from what he said. For example, sometimes I spend a lot of time thinking about others in my life, and about what they care about, what they think I should be doing in my life, and often I make my decisions based off of what I think others think is best for me… and I don’t even consciously realize that I am doing this. The truth is that everyone is going to have an opinion about our life, even good God fearing people, but they are not God. The truth is that not even the most well and gifted people know the future of our lives, but only God. God still remains God, and there will only ever be one true God. Even Jesus who we also love of worship told us that he didn’t speak or act on his own accord. I imagine that Jesus made this known to us because even in his reverence of God, he didn’t have faith in his human side/the flesh enough to express his personal opinions about what was right for us and what was not. If even Jesus expresses to us that he isn’t even good, but only God (Mark 10:18), then we can gain some wisdom from this. Thank you God for today as I have sought to make this a day of rest, that you have been there teaching me about how you are God, and no other person in my life knows what it best for my life. God even corrects me about my praise of men. I have a tendency to praise people who I respect and admire because as a prophet, I am also an edifier, and when I see the opportunity to build up another I jump on it, but right now he has told me to stop. Although edification is a gift to the church and can be very appropriate at times, no one is to get the glory except for God. Jesus said, “only God is good”
Mark 10:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Today, I give praise to God. All the insights I get, the knowledge, wisdom, understanding, revelation, inspirations, promptings, and the times I am lead to teach, preach, or correct, and also yes, to edify.. is all from him. The times I am able to be patient, forbearing, loving, compassionate, merciful and helpful.. the times when I have the faith to move mountains, that is all bestowed upon me from God, because within myself I am not good. In my flesh I am impatient, irritable, angry, wrathful, at times quick tempered and I can cut someone down just as fast as I can build someone up with my words. Also, in my flesh I need to be in control meaning I have a need to understand and know everything, yet God has used this tendency within me for his purposes and has taught me to stop trying to be anxious and having in control, but rather to yield the control to him, and seek him with everything I want to know. Relying on God means being patient and waiting. It is only possible to lay down our own tools and works and rest in peace with joy when we trust. It is honestly a relief when we understand that he is God, and I am not. What Jenifer can do and understand is nothing, not even my greatest efforts can make a mud pie that stands, but through him I can build the most marvelous castle that stands. He is God, and I am not. As I have learned (by his grace, and am still learning) to only speak what he says, only listen to what he says… so much stress departs from my life. Other’s problems are not my problems. The opinions of others are not my dictates. I do not have to listen to anyone but God. No one is in a superior place to me in my life. Oh sure, many think they are in a superior place in my life and the lives of others, but they are not. No one can tell me what to do but God. Having a revelation of this liberates me to not concern myself with the approval or opinions of others, but only with what God says, and as I really stop just automatically doing what I think God wants, or what other people says he wants, and I truly turn my ear to hear him, only accepting what he says, then my faith on getting an answer soars. Today as I’ve been seeking him on a topic I’ve had confusion about, really desiring an answer, not my answer but his… he has enlightened this particular verse to me. He says, “ask me … come to me.. and I will show you things that you do not yet know…”… ooh this actually gets me excited.. this means so many good things on so many different levels. For one, it means that he will show me things that are beyond my understanding. It is when we try to figure things out with our own understanding that we become confused. The fact that things bother us or confuse us means that there is higher or simpler thinking about the topic to be had. For now it is in God’s hands and I am waiting for him to show me things to come, and to show me all of the truth. When it doesn’t come automatically it means that it is time to focus on something else while we wait.. because we just are not going to be able to figure this thing out. I am grateful today that as I have sought him in my day he has used this time of what feels like sitting and doing nothing (which is so hard) as a time to remind me that he is God and I am not. Glory to you God. Amen.