Listening to the Presence of God

 

A PrayerSimple Truth| It is the spirit that quickeneth; in other words, it is the spirit that gives life, the flesh profiteth nothing. I know that in me, (that is in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. The first thing that you need, before you do anything, is some kind of confirmation from God that you are on the right track. A lot of people these days suggest that we should all hear from God, but let’s be honest here, can I talk to God and God talk to me as clearly as if I spoke to another person? That’s not to say that you can’t talk to God and God can’t talk to you. So how do we get answers from God? How do we get some kind of genuine confirmation from God that we are on the right track? A lot of us are finding that we really cannot live or do anything without Jesus. Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing.” Experience is a great taskmaster; I think if any true Christian is going to be truly honest, especially when he looks back at his past, he would have to honestly say that he ran into himself time and time again and yet time and time again. What I mean by this is that time and time and time again he has in all honestly found that he didn’t like what he saw when he, in a spiritual sense, ran into himself as if seeing himself in the mirror. A man called James said that sometimes we behold ourselves in the mirror, and further to this, we sometimes straight away forget what manner of man we are. Simply put, it is sometimes like looking in the mirror and seeing a dirty unshaven face and thinking that we can continue throughout our day in such a state as this, forgetting what manner of man we are without a proper wash and shave. Another wise man said that we are like dishes that are in constant need of being washed, morning, day, and night. Jesus demonstrated to His disciples this same principle when He washed His disciples feet. So sometimes it is good that we stay on each other’s cases, so to speak, and that no one assumes that his feet are always clean.

 We all tend to stray off the true path in life and we all are in constant need of our feet being washed, either by ourselves or by others. These others, miraculously so, include Jesus. Jesus through His example has shown us all that He was willing to stoop that low as to wash His disciples feet and Jesus to this day is the very water that we all need to not only wash our feet in but to bath in on a daily basis, and not only this, we should all be willing to wash each other’s feet. None of us are in any way clean without the water of life, without Jesus. We are like dirty plates without Jesus, and should we present a meal on our plate and offer this meal to others then we shouldn’t expect them to eat Dirty dishesfrom our dirty plate-like condition. So the first thing that we all need to do is to get into the Spirit of God. We really are unclean things without Jesus; we are no different than the ten lepers that came to Jesus for healing. Jesus told these lepers to go show themselves to the priest and as these lepers went they were healed. In going God’s way, in going Jesus’ way, they found themselves in God’s miraculous spiritual orbit, in the true way which is Jesus’ way and truly as they went they miraculously changed from sickness into health, from mere flesh-crawling human beings into miraculous showing the power of Jesus human beings. So one sure way of getting a confirmation from God that you are on the right track is through His presence going with you. The presence of God went with those ten lepers in that they were going God’s way, God’s way being the more miraculous way which was Jesus’ way. Jesus’ way is the miraculous way! Everything Jesus does is supernatural, super-miraculous, super-real, super more than mere normal and super-spiritual!

One sure way that we can hear from Jesus is through His presence going with us. His presence going with us will assure us and speak to us, telling us that He, Jesus, is with us and we are therefore on the right track. This is a sure way of, if you like, hearing from Jesus in that His presence goes with us or it does not. If we detect that His presence is not with us, then He is telling us that we are going the wrong way or possibly we are going the right way but with the wrong motivation or possibly we are Moses and the burning bushgoing the right way but with the wrong people. So often, it is a question of balance, being in the right place at the right time with the right people and doing the right thing with the right God and through Jesus being the main factor or the main man in the equation, so to speak. All being said, this is the way Moses of old used to operate and no-doubt still does in the spiritual realm. Moses said, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. For whrein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace (Jesus) in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth” (Exodus 33:15-16). This is what separated Moses from the every day man and woman. Moses didn’t make a move without Jesus; Moses knew that his own arm couldn’t save him. Jesus (I AM) speaking to Moses from the burning bush, had told Moses to put his arm inside his cloak, upon pulling his arm out of his cloak he was shown by Jesus that his own arm was white and leprous without Jesus; that his own arm would not save either himself or God’s people. It had to be the arm of the Spirit, the arm of God and the arm of Jesus.

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