His Intimate Touch

Sintimateometimes a well of sadness deep within me opens up with no provocation and spills out through tears from my eyes. I don’t have a reason for why or when, and I can’t stop it. I just run to my Father and let Him touch it. I tell Him of it, not through words, but by my heart cries. He tenderly touches within me a place I cannot see or even fathom, and a healing oil covers me, and causes my fears and sadness to slowly subside a little bit more. He hasn’t told me what it is or why it’s there – we just both know that life has left it’s imprint and wounds take time to heal, whether self-inflicted or not. He is able and mighty, He is the lover of my soul and spirit. Transition and renovation go hand in hand. They are exciting and refreshing and painful.

Cover up and dry up this well, Father. Finish turning my mourning into dancing. Remove my sackcloth and clothe me with joy.



  • How to Make Successful Directional Changes

    detourSome Christians are seeking to find the plan that God has for their life but forget the fundamentals of seeking first the Kingdom of God and then all these things will be added unto you. Learning how to get quiet on the inside and grow your relationship with the Lord will help you begin to hear God impressions upon your spirit in whatever way He chooses to convey them.

    “But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to {the will of} God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose.” Rom. 8: 25-28

    What is happening in your life in the present, whether good or bad, is a result of what you have or have not prayed out in the days past, and what happens in the future will be a result of your present prayer life.

    At times, the Holy Spirit will impress you to pray about certain matters that concern His plan for your life. You’ll have an anointing or unction of the Holy Spirit to pray but if you ignore Holy Spirit’s promptings that unction will lift. If you keep ignoring the Holy Spirit leading He will stop dealing with you about this issue because you’ve become callous and insensitive to His promptings.

    Why would God give more revelation to an individual who is ignoring what He has already revealed to them.

    Directional Changes (Transition)

    Directional changes in our walk are necessary if we are going to walk in God’s will for our life. Some examples of directional changes are geographical relocation, employment, church affiliation, education, relationships, stepping down or into ministry, etc.

    Directional changes also present the greatest challenge in the Christian walk because it requires so many aspects of our spiritual being to walk in the perfect will of God. The Bible is full of the wisdom of God but it doesn’t contain detailed information involving directional changes for your personal life. Those things come from the leading of the Holy Spirit.

    In order to make a successful directional change in the Christian walk understand that it is made up of five parts.

    1.) Revelation

    The “revelation” is what you heard God say to you however he chose to say it, either in your spirit, hearing His thoughts, His voice, dreams, visions, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, prophecy, etc.

    2.) Interpretation

    What did God say, how did He say it and what is the meaning. Always hold up before God what you receive from Him. Don’t jump to a quick conclusion what He means with out first getting His understanding on the matter. This is critical and if you don’t do it you will certainly fail in successfully following God’s plan for your life.

    3.) Confirmation

    Ask God for to confirm what you understand and remain objective and open trusting Him to show if you have heard him correctly or not.

    4.) Submit It

    Submit what you are hearing to someone who has proven fruit of following God’s plan for their life. This may be your pastor, mentor, elder, or someone who you know exhibits Godly wisdom in their life.

    5.) Application

    Find out from God how to implement what you now understand He wants you to do. This often is the most difficult piece of the following God’s plan for our life.

    How To Hear

    directionalIt is vital to read and study the New Testament and the other books of the Bible in order to gauge what you hear lines up with His word. God will not ever violate what He has already spoken to us in the written text.  There are other voices besides the voice of God so be sure and become a student of the word. 2 Tim. 2:15

    When you hear a word, run it through these filters to see if it passes the following test:

    • 1) Does it align with God’s word?
    • 2) Does it align with His character, His nature?
    • 3) Does it build faith?
    • 4) Does it sound like something God would say?

    If what you heard will pass this test then it’s pretty safe to say you heard God.

    Determine what you’ll do at God’s prompting before hand. Make a decision to respond instantly to Holy Spirit’s leading. As you consistently practice obedience to Holy Spirit, especially in the small things that come up in the Spirit, you will consistently grow in hearing and be able to hear what God has to say about more important matters for your life. You will grow in the wisdom of God.

    If you don’t practice following God in the small, quiet promptings throughout the day you will never be able to following Him confidently in the bigger things. A healthy God relationship is developed over the course of time spent walking with the conscious presence of God throughout each day.

    The scripture below is a “key” verse in following God’s plan for your life. If you don’t adhere to it you will find it difficult if not impossible to follow God’s plan for your life.

    “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need. 1 Thes. 4:11-12

    If you find yourself in need examine your own life to see if you are following each aspect of 1 Thes. 4:11-12. It is vital to do! Are you having trouble hearing God, then examine your life to see if you’re living a quiet life? Is your behavior toward outsiders of the faith appropriate? Then perhaps you need to attend your own business, get busy with your duties and be quiet. Do these things and your needs will come easily when you ask God for them, exactly right on time.

    • Asking God for your needs and the needs of others and seeing Him faithfully supply them right before your eyes is God’s plan to establish trust so you will follow Him into a greater and more intimate relationship. LK. 11: 9-13 (Ask, Seek, Knock)
    • Knowing the will of God and walking in the will of God is contingent upon your prayer life and upon being established in the word.
    • The more time you spend waiting before the Lord in the word and in prayer, the more sure you will be of the next step to take.
    • In God’s presence, what is not of God in your life will gradually fall away. (Weights, strongholds, sins will fall off your life)
    • As you practice out the mystery of God’s plan for your life according to the word, the Lord will take you deeper in the realm of prayer than you’ve ever been before. (not mystical or floating, but an intimate level of communion with Him)
    • It should be as natural for the believer to be led by the Spirit and to walk by faith as it is for a fish to swim in water and a bird to fly in the air.

    Reference Scriptures: Prov. 3:5-6, Prov. 4:20-22, Lk 11: 9-13, 1 Thes. 4:11-12

    More Keys to Hearing

    First believe that you can hear His voice. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;” JN 10:27

    • Make a decision to always stay sensitive to those gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit.
    • Set aside daily time to wait upon the Lord in prayer and in the Word to discover His guidance and direction for your life. You can’t just come to God when you want to and expect to grow in hearing God.
    • Wait long enough in prayer for all your physical senses and emotions to be brought into captivity so they no longer dominate you. The more you practice this the easier it becomes to become still in your thoughts and body.
    • Spend time in God’s presence, ministering to the Lord in praise and worship. This will quiet your mind and strengthen your spirit. (worship means to bow down, prostrate oneself)
    • Praying in your prayer language (tongues) will build you up (edify) your spirit man and fine tune your spiritual senses. Pray in the Spirit long enough and you will get deeper over into the Spirit and you will be able to differentiate between your soul and your spirit man.
    • Praying in the spirit is like when an astronaut fires the retro rockets on the spacecraft to adjust the speed, direction or orientation of the spacecraft. When we pray in the spirit the speed (timing), direction (transitions) and orientation are adjusted so we arrive at our destination per God’s plan.. If NASA wants to place a spacecraft on the Mars they have to aim where Mars will be not where it is currently at for a successful landing.
    • Journaling – Record the dreams, visions, impressions, prophecies, flow of thoughts, rhema word in a journal on a consistent basis over a long period of time. It’s like putting a puzzle together one piece at a time. Over a long enough period of time the puzzle begins to take shape and it’ picture is displayed.By writing down what you see in dreams, visions, prophecies, etc you’re showing God that you’re honoring His voice and that you place value upon what He is telling you. It is a fact that within a few minutes or even before waking up from a dream that many details have already faded from our memory. Rehearse what you heard or saw in the dream when you wake during the night and record it in your journal as soon as possible. Do you remember all the dreams you had last week, last month, last years? The greater the revelation you receive, the greater the challenge which lies ahead. You’ll need everything God conveyed to you in your journal to strengthen your faith when things aren’t going like you thought they would. That is one of the greatest reasons to record the revelation.  Hab. 2:1-2
    • Waiting in silence before him and actively listening (being attune) to Him at all times even during your busy day.
    • Not reasoning trying to figure it out in your natural understanding.
    • Be steadfast in faith and trust.
    • Quiet Time – Get still long enough on the inside. Set a table next to where you have quiet time and when your busy body wants to think about your busy day take the time to write down the events of your busy day and tell your flesh that you don’t have to think about that now it’s covered. Tell your flesh and your soul to be quiet that you’re having quiet time with God now, so it doesn’t interrupt. Tell your body that after quiet time you’ll take care of your body’s needs.Once your body & mind are quiet, listen way down deep in your innermost being to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. “Don’t be lazy here and stop short of hearing what the Lord is saying to you in your spirit. “If you become spiritually lethargic, you could end up following your own soulful desires all the time thinking you’re following God’s plan for your life.

    wrongwaySearch around to find Holy Spirit’s leading during your quiet time when you don’t sense the anointing. You may read the word awhile waiting, then pray for a bit still waiting, pick up a book reading and waiting, try praying in the spirit and usually somewhere in the process you will begin to sense the leading of the Holy Spirit. Practice this often and even if during your entire quiet time you never sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit don’t be discourage, return again and again until you do. It will happen and more often as you continue to practice the presence of the Lord. It is a very holy pursuit and it pleases God. He will show up, that is His promise.

    • Meditate on God’s word continually especially when you lay down to sleep or wake up in the night. “My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.” Ps. 119:48

    Ministering to the Lord means: Linger in His presence, loving and worshiping Him for all that He is and for all He has done for you. “It means to drink in His Glory and power and to let Him saturate every part of your being.” Acts 13:2 – “As they ministered to the Lord & fasted” Ministering to the Lord you create the kind of atmosphere in which the Holy Spirit can speak to your heart.)

    Over the course of time you’ll understand between your own wants and desires and what God wants for you. Then we capture the heart of God in a certain matter and know how and when to make the directional change.

    Be still and know I AM God! Ps. 46:10

    Learn to Distinguish Between Your Spirit and Soul

    You have to learn to distinguish between your soulful thoughts and desires and the Lord’s leading in your spirit. How do I do that?

    “Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and {then} comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in the matter in view of the multitude of his idols,” Ezk.14:4

    “For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

    • Being well grounded in the Word is essential to distinguishing between soul and spirit.
    • Being established in the Word will also help you learn recognize the voice of satan as well. The devil will try and speak subtle lies to deceive you.

    “You are of [your] father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own [resources], for he is a liar and the father of it.”  JN 8:44

    • “This great dragon–the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world–was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Rev.12:9
    • God speaks to your spirit. What the Holy Spirit says will always line up with His word. God will never lead your steps beyond the principles of His word.
    • Examine your motives for taking the step you’re considering. Why do I want to do this? (Do I want to do this for my own selfish benefit or because someone else is doing this?) “For all who are led by the Spirit, these are the sons of God.” Rom. 8:14
    • Is this something my soulful nature wants to do or something God wants me to do?

    (Sometimes it takes a considerable amount of time staying in the presence of God to settle those questions)

    Misleading Comes From:  The truth of God is ministering to your own spirit, constantly feeding your spirit by meditating on the word of God and building a relationship by fellowshipping with the Lord is the most important thing you can do to develop your spirit, so you can ascertain God’s will for you life. (Only then can you live in the abundance God has provided for you.)
    • My own emotions (HALT, hurt, angry, lonely, tired)
    • My own personality
    • Failure to study God word. 2 Tim. 2:15
    • Disobedience – (If I am unwilling to follow God in the small things I will never be able to follow Him in the bigger things in life).
    • Remaining in the mental realm (reasoning will take you out of the plan of God if you continue in it long enough. You will miss His will for your life when you stay in your natural thinking.
    • Remaining in the physical realm
    • Preconceived concepts of God are futile and an impediment to your walk with Him.
    • Forgetting that the spiritual realm is the root, the stem and the ground of which all else grows
    • Not following your conscious (gut) or peace.

    Now That I’ve Heard God Then What?

    Timing

    stop“My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.” JN. 7:6 Jesus was speaking about His ministry when the disciples implored Him to reveal His ministry at the Feast of Tabernacles.

    Sometimes it takes long seasons of waiting before the Lord in prayer in order to get your motives pure and your priorities sorted according to the word and distinguish between the clamoring of your soul and the voice of the spirit. Just because God tells you to do something it doesn’t necessarily mean immediately. Hold up what He has told you before Him and seek His guidance in the matter.

    If God tells you He wants you to start a new church don’t immediately get your shovel and begin to break ground. Or if He tells you to quit your job find out how he wants you to do that. Hold everything He reveals to you in His words, dreams, visions and prophecies before Him to get His understanding in each matter. It is essential in following God’s plan for your life.

    Not all delays are due to you. In order for you to fulfill what God has for you requires other individuals to align with God’s plan as well in order for you to step into yours. These are circumstances in which you may never be made aware, however when the circumstance changes, doors begin to open.

    There are so many contributing factors to list. A good example can be your destiny is awaiting an inventions or technology deployment to become main stream before you can begin what you have been given by God to perform. The Internet has allowed many to step into a new kind of ministry which wasn’t possible only a few years ago. Before TV became main stream no one could become a TV evangelist or build a world wide broadcast ministry. And even that required the development of rockets that could deliver satellites to space.  

    What if I’ve been doing that and I still haven’t heard anything?

    Keep doing it; don’t place a time limit on God! Keep on seeking the Lord in the word and prayer.

    If you want to be led by the Spirit always be willing to respond to His leading, even if it doesn’t’ agree with your own human reasoning, expectations or desires.

    Don’t hinder your ability to discern His guidance through wrong thinking or selfish ambitions.

    Stay teachable and open your heart to anything the Lord may tell you. He will teach you His own ways and direct into His plan for My life.

    Remember, We’re seeking Him and His Kingdom first and then all these things will be added unto us.