I think we all want to get better and better at responding to the subtle nudges of the Holy Spirit. It is the Lord’s will that we learn to respond to the vibrations of the Holy Spirit. Vibrations of air aren’t seen but felt, and messages from our Lord often come in this way. To get to know what they feel like, you can start with small yes and no questions to the Lord, easy things like, “Should I wear the blue shirt?” If you feel like the answer is “No,” then ask, “Which shirt?” This simple questioning sounds juvenile, but it’s a great way to get to know the Lord’s voice.
In case you didn’t know, Jesus is interested in EVERYTHING about you, and He’s especially willing to help you in any way possible to further His kingdom. Once when I asked Him about what to wear, I got the urging to wear something that was my eye color. I already knew that wearing your eye color makes you more approachable, but I didn’t know what the Lord had in mind with this. It turned out I met an awesome woman who needed some prayer for her family. She told me that she wasn’t the type of person to start a conversation with a stranger, but because I seemed so approachable, she went for it. What a delight.
I put curlers in my hair in the morning, and almost every day I ask the Lord about the order in which I should take them out of their container, which looks kind of like an egg box, and put them in my hair. I know that sounds silly, but it sets me up first thing in the day with practice at listening to His vibrations. With the curlers, it’s become a flow, and I know which one to pick up in which order and it’s fast. I operate in a similar way at work, as far as which path to take to the restroom, what to work on and when, who to talk to and when, and who to leave alone. The more we practice responding to the Holy Spirit’s vibrations, urges, and nudges, the better we get at it.
Philippians 2:13 says: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” But He can’t override our freedom of will, so He can’t work in us if we’re not expecting Him to communicate with us. We know that God doesn’t often speak audibly, but more often in a gentle nudge. He doesn’t badger us, but He does give us ideas and easy instructions like: keep that box instead of tossing it. You never know: taking out the trash at the Lord’s urging could turn into the most amazing event ever!
The Lord is not bored with our lives. He’s excited to be with us, and especially if we are determined to be with Him. He already knows what the day will bring, so He knows how to help us handle every minute of it in the very best way. At first, it’s like training a child, and that child is us. We need continuous reminders to ask questions and then to listen to what we feel are the answers. And we need to act quickly on the vibe we’re getting. It’s way too easy to second guess ourselves and talk ourselves down, saying, “That probably wasn’t God. I was probably making it up.” We’ll never get anywhere with that kind of attitude. We step out – no doubt! If we’re wrong, so what. We start out with the simple stuff, and that’s how we learn and grow.
One of my friends wrote: “God is ever present. Being mindful of this by actively listening for Him, is the key to walking by the Spirit. Even minor changes in schedule—that show of humility—keeps our connection with God strong. We may never see the results of our obedience; like the car accident that doesn’t happen because of your obedience to be elsewhere. You may wonder how to tell if you are on the right track. The only way is to play it through and see what you get. Rejoice in the victories and when it doesn’t go so well, ask God how to do better.”
I think of soldiers, firefighters, undercover agents, 911 operators; they are trained in a classroom and with reading manuals. Our manual is the Bible. Then the first responders practice, practice, practice. When they are in position, they learn to listen to their hunches and respond quickly. People’s lives depend on it.
God gives us holy hunches. He can’t make us listen and can’t force us to obey. We train ourselves on this one. “The only way is to play it through and see what you get. Rejoice in the victories and when it doesn’t go so well, ask God how to do better.”
In Luke 11:11 Jesus says if a child asks his father for bread, the father won’t give him a stone. When we’re asking for a more spiritual walk, He’s not going to give us a stone to trip over, but rather bread to nourish us and make us stronger.
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WINGS: A Journey in Faith from the Earthly to the Heavenly is a compilation of stories—revelations and guidance gathered from my experiences living as a Christian in Las Vegas.