“When the enemy shall come in like a flood ,the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19b). When the enemy tries to condemn you and remind you of your past mistakes and sins. Just say, “thank you Jesus for forgiving me for that one. “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from landing and making a nest in your hair! So don’t listen to the lies of the devil, but fill your heart and mind with positive faith building thoughts from His Word. “Finally my brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”(Philippians 4:11).The most important thing to learn is how to hear from the Lord, fresh everyday, and get your directions from him. You have got to spend some time alone with Jesus if you don’t want to stumble through the day.” I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.’ (Proverbs 8: 17). Begin with a clean heart. Ask the Lord to forgive you for all your sins and give you a clean heart before him “Create in me a clean heart ,0 God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (Psalm 51: 10-12 ). “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4). Take time to thank and praise him. It’s like priming the pump. Take time to listen to the Lord. How would you feel if someone came to visit you, and they did all the talking and wouldn’t even let you get in one word, and just turned around and left after asking you to do a bunch of things for them? “Be still and know that I am God”. (Psalm 46:10). Show some respect and reverence. You wouldn’t come into the presence of a king and just start spouting off a bunch of stuff. God speaks in a still small voice. “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (I Kings 19 :11,12). ” And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21). If you really want to hear from the Lord, and you have faith, and are in the spirit when you ask the Lord for an answer, and are sincerely seeking him, you can take the first thing that comes to you.The first thing that you hear in the ears of your spirit (after you have poured out your heart to him) that will come to you will be from the Lord. He will also speak to you from his Word, or a vision or a thought, or through others, (Consider the source). Always confirm everything by the Word. God uses many different ways to speak to us. It seems like a lot of the time he speaks through a still small voice. Take time to listen to the Lord when you pray, and hear what he wants to say to you. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found ,call ye upon him while he is near:” (Isaiah 55:6). “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me ,when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12,13). Jesus said to get alone with God and Pray. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter in to thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6). Sometimes the Lord will speak to you with a dream or a vision. “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit,and his life from perishing by the sword.” (Job 33:14-18). You have to check everything out by the Word. True revelations from God will not contradict the Bible! “If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” ( Isaiah 8:20) “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8,9). The Lord is always trying to speak to us and show us new things we have to just tune into his broadcasting station. He even speaks to us through his creation, but don’t worship the creation more than the Creator. ” For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20). The Lord even had to create a t.v. show one time for me to watch to speak to me. When I was working as an armored car operator. I came home and watched this show (Starsky and Hutch) about a guy with my same name who was an armored car driver and had a wife and two kids and was living in apartment (My exact same situation at the time). When he got home from work there was some bad guys in his apartment holding his wife and kids at gunpoint arranging a robbery, for him to turn over the money to them for release of his family. I quit the next day and a few days later the truck I was driving was held up and a gun battle took place and one of the Armored car guys was shot and one killed. Thank God I listened, and you will be too. Jesus Loves You, and wants you to be in close communication with him.There needs to be special times when we have desperate prayer to the Lord,when you cry out to him with your whole heart,and on your face alone with God,and not just on your knees,but with tears and sincere desperation,and even prostrate yourself before him. One time God even made a donkey to speak. “And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the Lord stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the Lord stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: and the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive. And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. And the angel of the Lord said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.”(Numbers 22:20-35). So be on the look out, and be alert and tuned into God, He wants to speak to you today.Will you make time to listen?
Are you trying to make a decision about something in your life? Would you like to know God’s will about it before you make your decision? The Bible says in Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.God gives the very best to those that leave the choices up to him.Jesus said “But seek ye first the kingdom of God,and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”(Matthew 6:33).Sometimes the Lord will let us make different choices in his will.”According to your faith be it done unto you.”(Matthew 9:29).Sometimes the Lord will allow us to make wrong choices to hopefully teach us lessons from our mistakes so we can learn from them and grow spiritually and help others not to make the same type of mistakes.In fact everyone of us effects others around us. Even Judas was an example of what not to do.The absolutely first and most important test is the Word of God. If it is not according to the scriptures in the Bible don’t do it.”To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20).” This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night,that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”(Joshua 1:8).This is the formula to be prosperous, and successful.”But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”(Galatians 1:8).The next way to know if something is God’s will for you, if you are not 100% sure, is to seek Godly counsel from people who you know, who love the Lord and are living for him.”By their fruits ye shall know them.”(Matthew 7:20). Another way to know Gods will about something is by dreams, and visions, and prophecys.”For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man precieveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.” (Job 33:14-18). Another way to know God’s will is by open and closed doors, and circumstances, and conditions.”I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:”(Revelation 3:8a). Many times the Lord will give you a strong desire to do something, this can be a way that God has of getting you to do his will. Just make sure it goes according to his Word. Sometimes you can ask the Lord for a sign or a fleece, like in the book of Judges when Gideon asked the Lord for a sign. (Judges 6:1-40) Just remember if it is already in the Word, don’t expect the Lord to give you a sign to confirm something because he may not. This should be the last way to determine Gods will in a matter. Remember all of these ways to find Gods will need to be backed up by the WORD which is our guide, our measuring stick, our compass and map, whereby we determine all things.