Credit to this Photo goes to Artem Beliaikin
Ok; Summer is here and so quickly…..and I’m in a contemplative mood and I just want to sit and think. It’s super hot outside except for when the Summer storms come through and then it does cool off a little.
I was in the Word of God this morning and that does prompt me to want to share what I was reading so I will paste it from the book of Romans, Chapter 8. I often just go through that book just to review where I have come from and in God’s grace where I am now.
There is so much just in these passages and I spent some time reading and meditating on them. These Scriptures are written to the Church in Rome and to some that were unbelievers there that the Apostle Paul preached to and taught. They are loaded with great spiritual truths.
Sons and Daughters Destined for Glory
14 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,”enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own. (This is the Passion translation and I really love this one; it breaks it down to our 21st Century English) It’s easier to understand, but I do believe one has to have the Holy Spirit within to receive the proper understanding of the Word of God or one can certainly misinterpret what you are reading.
Looking back and beginning with the word impulses I wanted to have a better understanding of what that meant so I looked it up. Impulses mean to influence, an inclination, prompting, impelled, inducing motion, impetus given, indicator(s), directive(s) or a flow of current in one direction; this is by the Holy Spirit of course.
He moves this way in my life and He has for years and to see it in definition this way makes sense to me now more than it did when I started to walk with God; in all earnestness and not in a sloppy way…anyway…it is how I hear Him. I have only heard Him twice audibly. Most of the time and through the years it’s by one or more of those impulses mentioned above.
Walking with God is progressive learning like a child learning to walk and I have experienced my heavenly Father’s great patience, understanding and gentleness in this process…..so; getting back to the word impulses and what that means to me.
I “hear” His voice. I’m often moved then by an indicator like in a sense or feel of something in my spirit, it’s not in my head because I wouldn’t know this naturally on my own and I’m not even thinking along those lines. In other words, I’m not even initiating this….are you with me so far? As an example; when I knew that I was moving, I heard “warm and balmy” and it came with a sense of going somewhere and I would call that my directive and with an impetus given and it induced motion. I was not in a place of warm and balmy physically so I was thinking; “where could that be?” In the natural I thought of Hawaii; how nice! But I didn’t settle on that because I didn’t “know” what He was indicating exactly so I asked. In this particular instance He showed me GA; that is a State that is warm and balmy, and He confirmed it more than once; like I would be hearing someone talk and they would mention the State of GA or I would be reading something and the State of GA would pop up or I would just see it in my spirit like an outline or something and one way or another I would just “know” that I heard correctly. To me it’s like the Holy Spirit “high-lights” something and in peace I just follow it.
It’s fascinating how He does this to bring one to the correct conclusion because it’s not figuring it out in the natural or in my mind. Once I know something though my mind just kind of locks unto it. Once I’m in that place I am then given steps…one by one and I call it impelled and I start to flow like in a current in one direction and that is my destination point. I know where I’m going. It’s really an adventure with the Lord and how He moves; with me anyway. He is so personal and I also would say that I get “signs” along the way like “road signs” and I can relate to this the most because I grew up taking lots of road trips-short and long ones, and I “get it” for the most part. I learned how to read those “Rand McNally” maps!
I would share also that when He shows me something it’s so important to just believe Him! He gives so much in the process and that’s very personal because He doesn’t see us like we are pressed out cookies all looking the same. We are each individuals and He works that in with the “dough” so to speak…LOL! We are uniquely made in His image and likeness and I think we need to be asking Him…well….”How does that truth look to Him in our individual person-hood?” And how can we cooperative with that? Does that make sense?
The most important factor is having that personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to enter into a glory with Him without the Son in this equation. God is not a force, a power in the collective universe, a feeling of well-being, an image to bow down to, or an emptiness one has to fill with “something.” God is a Person who is a Spirit but He can only be known through His Son alone; no other way…..nobody went to the cross and shed His blood but His Son and nobody rose again from the dead but His Son Jesus!!! Glory to His Name!!! Jesus and Jesus alone is the One who made this personal relationship possible. I will never apologize for this, for this is the “Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He offers this relationship to “whosoever” will come! Whomever receives Him will be in the family of God! This is the truth and this is exciting…I will leave you my fellow travelers with this; read the Book of Romans if you have not done so. The Apostle Paul gives it straight right from the beginning and he wrote this book by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I hope also that you were blessed and encouraged by this little study, till next time….and I may expound a little more….