Locked: Do You Still Have The Message?

In high school, not very long ago mind you, there weren’t many smart phones out. In the area I grew up in, your parents were doing pretty well if you had one. Instead, the bulk of us had those cheap, prepaid flip phones. You know the ones you got at Walmart. They were blue, the more expensive ones were silver. About 96% of us, who had phones, had one of these.

What I remember most about these phones is something that I don’t even think my iPhone 8 has the ability to do. In the text messages of these flip phones, there was the capability to “lock” a text. Locking a text ensured that that text couldn’t be easily deleted, and it would stay on your phone until you decided you wanted to unlock, and delete it. This was probably the equivalent to what we call today a “screenshot”. Locking the text enabled you to always have that text for your records.

When you’re in troubled, struggling, depressed, mad, exhausted, do you have records? In the text thread of your own understanding have you locked away valuable verses that you can read or say?

For me, text messages can do a lot. I try to use this positively. I like to savor things. Especially those sweet, caring text that my boyfriend sends. Or those meaningful conversations I have with him, a friend, or a family member. Being realistic, when I am discouraged, or confused, I can easily look at a screenshot of a message my boyfriend has sent that encourages me, or makes me feel better about what I’m doing. Maybe its a girl thing. Maybe its a me thing. I’m not sure, but ¬†hopefully you get my point.

So when you need that something extra, and God’s voice isn’t becoming apparent quick enough, or you don’t have that experience of feeling of His presence quickly enough, what do you do? Keeping a mental note of scriptures that pertain to the thing you go through is important. In those times, that’s where you find your encouragement. That’s where you pull your arsenal from to fight the enemy when he thinks he is catching you off guard. Write things down as God speaks to you. I keep a notebook that I use when I pray, so when God speaks, I’m ready to write it down. So when the enemy throws something my way I remember “no, God you said this was going to happen and I know Your Word won’t return to you void.”

Take the time as you begin to form the habit of reading and praying more, try to retain as much as possible. Be aware of the voice of God, and “lock in” those revelations He shares with you, this is how you will be able to encourage yourself when it “feels” like God is far away.

Obeying Your Spiritual Ear

So now that you’ve learned how to hear with your spiritual, what do you do with the information from the other end of the conversation?

God is a gentleman. He’s not demanding like some people, but actually takes the time to let you know HE appreciates YOU. Sounds crazy I know, but one of the first things you want to do after you decipher the voice of God in your life is Listen, and Enjoy.

Hearing the voice of God will begin to be an everyday occurrence for you that will be extremely refreshing! Hearing and feeling the love of God for you yourself allows you an opportunity to become a part of the great experience the Bible is themed after, Love. You get to have those moments when it is just a relief to know that He is working something out on your behalf, not just because you read it and you have hope in what you read, but that you heard it straight from the Source, concerning your situation specifically. Enjoying the presence and voice of God is a must. It counteracts the time the enemy has spent at the playing field of your mind. It counteracts the thoughts your own mind has brought in by the luggage load, and it provides a breath of fresh air towards whatever situation or emotion you may be facing at that time. Personally, I enjoy it so much when my boyfriend just talks. Especially when I am having a rough day, just to listen to him talk, be it an encouraging word or just random nonsense, it makes me feel a little better because for a moment, it take my mind off of those things that are boggling down my mind. The awesome thing about having a relationship with God is, that moment doesn’t have to end when God stops speaking. Because God is God and He’s essence has a way of lingering around long after the encounter is over.

So you’re listening and enjoying what God has to say to you. He is giving you visions and dreams and even a glimpse into your future. Suddenly, He asks you to do something that seems a little out there. It’s nor really your area of expertise (like starting a blog). He wants you to do something, but you don’t know how it’s going to be possible. Now what?

  1. Let Go of the “Facts”. When it comes to faith, facts aren’t looked at the same in the faith sense as they are in the world sense. The “fact” is that you aren’t two months behind on your rent, your bank account is diminishing quickly, and you know the money you expect to come in is not enough to cover costs to do anything extra. The act of tithe requires faith, which is based on the “fact” that it is a command from God, God has blessed others in reference to their finances after they tithed, and the God you serve (because you KNOW Him and His character) is not going to leave you to perish. Now take it from someone who has been there time and time again, across multiple areas of my life, not focusing on the facts that are hitting you in the face on a daily basis is HARD! But, what I have come to learn is that the bigger the sacrifice on my end, the more ridiculous the situation looks, and the more faith it requires, the BIGGER the blessing that is on the other end! Don’t focus on what your situation looks like, continually remind yourself that the One who told you to do something, holds the situation in His hands. Those hands are more gigantic than yours will ever be.
  2. Ask For Clarification.¬†God is not a one way God. We have discussed this before. It’s a relationship, between you and Him. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I’ve encountered a number of people over the years that believe that God is so much bigger, and they are nothing in reference to His power and ability, so who are they to challenge something He has said. This is true, but incomplete. God knows we are human, and we fall extremely short on the expectation train of what He had in mind when He created mankind. But that’s why He sent Jesus, to redeem us. Don’t be afraid to stand boldly before God and ask questions, especially when you aren’t sure of what He is saying, telling, or asking you to do. In Exodus, God asked Moses to go to Pharaoh to demand he let the Egyptians go. Moses asked for sign after sign after sign from God, why? Clarification. Moses wanted to be for certain, this is what God wanted HIM to do. You see it throughout the Old Testament, there are constantly people of God asking God questions. What do I do next?Why is this happening? Are you going to be there with us? and the list goes on. Don’t be afraid to ask God to say something again (though I have always been taught He is not obligated to repeat himself), don’t move on something because you weren’t sure if it was God speaking to you about an idea and you didn’t take the time to ask Him.
  3. Just Do It.¬†Nike pinned the statement, but its so pertinent to the discussion here. God asked you to do something, you should be confident in your relationship with God so much so that you don’t have to hesitate. Even if you do, you do it anyway because it’s for God. He’s not going to ask you for something, or to do something that you can’t handle. When He asks (or tells), it’s because He knows every hair on your head, and He is confident in you with the task at hand. Starting this blog, I have no idea what I’m doing, other than writing, but what’s the worst that can happen? I waste a few dollars investing in myself and don’t become successful? Oh well. Now at least I’ve written a few things to include in my portfolio for the next task. Don’t be afraid to get out there and do what God asked, or told, or gave you the provision to do. Research how to be successful at the business you want to open, then open it. Speak to that person He told you to speak to but you have no idea who they are. Do that unexpected, seemingly outrageous thing God asked you to do, there’s a reason for it.

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