Open Heavens Devotional 2020, Aug 09: LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT

 Open Heavens Devotional 2020, Aug 09: LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT

MEMORISE:
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” – (Galatians 5:25)

READ: 1 Samuel 15:22-23 (KJV)

  1. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
  2. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

MESSAGE:
Many times, the Spirit is speaking to us, but only those who are sensitive hear and obey. If the Holy Spirit dwells within you, He would keep communicating with you through whispers. You may feel it was just your mind, but believe me, it is the Holy Spirit, so listen. As a Christian, you need to get accustomed to the voice of God and recognise when He is nudging you in a particular direction. Knowing this can save you a lot of trouble. Job 32:8 says:
“But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

If the Spirit of God is urging you to pray, do so immediately. You don’t know what He wants you to command in the Spirit or how urgent it may be. It may also be that He is bringing something your way and you have to be in the mood of prayers to receive it. Imagine if Peter had gone to the restroom when the Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost. The cloven fire fell on those present in the room.

God could ask you to take a particular route to your destination. He could ask you to wear a particular garment or shoe. Listen and obey immediately. A former cultist gave his life to Christ on campus. One day, returning to his room in the middle of the night after studying, he prepared to sleep, but the Spirit kept nudging him to pray, so tired as he was, he got up from his bed and began to pray. After only a few minutes of prayer, a huge demon walked through the wall into the room. Immediately he saw the demon, his eyes opened wide and he began to cast it out. The demon started going backwards, brushing against the leg of the brother’s roomate who was sleeping on his own bed.

When he told me the story, I asked if he was sure it wasn’t a dream. He said he would have thought so, except that, in the morning, his roommate’s leg had swollen to almost five times its normal size. Thank God he listened to the Holy Spirit; imagine what would have happened if that demon had met him sleeping and touched his head.

ACTION POINT:
Learn to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit and obey it immediately.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Jeremiah 10-13

HYMNAL:
HYMN 20 – NEARER, MY GOD TO THEE

  1. Nearer, my God to Thee,
    Nearer to Thee;
    E’en though it be a cross
    That raiseth me,
    Still all my song shall be,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, (2ce)
    Nearer to Thee!
  2. Though, like the wanderer,
    The sun gone down,
    Darkness be over me,
    My rest a stone,
    Yet in my dreams I’d be
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, (2ce)
    Nearer to Thee!
  3. There let the way appear
    Steps unto heaven;
    All that Thou send’st to me
    In mercy given;
    Angels to beckon me
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, (2ce)
    Nearer to Thee!
  4. Then with my waking thoughts
    Bright with Thy praise,
    Out of my stony griefs
    Bethel I’ll raise;
    So by my woes to be
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, (2ce)
    Nearer to Thee!
  5. Or if on joyful wing
    Cleaving the sky,
    Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
    Upward I fly,
    Still all my song shall be,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee, (2ce)
    Nearer to Thee!

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