In my blog post titled How I Heard God’s Voice, I shared about how the Lord led me to attend a Discipleship Training School (DTS) through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). At the end of that blog, I promised to soon write “how God led me to where I am today”. That’s what I will attempt to tell you here, although I cannot promise that a Part 3 won’t be necessary. 😉
We are all led by the Lord in many different ways, as we are all unique beings created in His image and likeness. This means, as momentarily frustrating as it can seem, that you simply may not or cannot experience God EXACTLY as I do. It’s incredible. There are many times that I yearn for another human being to know exactly what I have experienced, in order to share it with someone. But when I come to that place, I am always reminded that I don’t need someone else to experience that, because it is my special place with the Lord. What I CAN do is encourage others to seek out their own special place with Him!
As I began to learn about and experience God as a whole Person – Father, Son & Holy Spirit, a whole new realm of knowing Him and hearing Him opened up to me. I believe that when one part of God is suppressed, it is impossible for true revelation to take place in our lives. We may experience partial revelation and receive tidbits of wisdom, but without all three Persons, there is no way we can hear, understand AND live out the Word of God and His will.
I grew up with the understanding that God (the Father) was the big guy up in Heaven- governing over the world and holding all authority. Jesus (Son) died for my sins and I needed to pray the sinner’s prayer so I could live with Him in Heaven. Holy Spirit was an afterthought (how frightening to me today).
What a mind-blowing relief it was to learn that Jesus actually gave His authority to US! And to hear that the Father also holds characteristics of a mother? And Holy Spirit is alive and active, our guide and teacher as we live our days on the earth.
As these concepts (and more) found their way from my head to my heart, I noticed that other areas of my life were being awakened and that God was speaking to me outside of prayer and worship times. I noticed other people’s expressions and felt led to encourage them. I breathed in the outside air and was filled with hope for the future. My eyes took in scripture and my heart felt full. In my conversations with one person, I was reminded of another friend and thought maybe I should introduce them to each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to communicate with God all day, and He wants to communicate back all day!
There are many reasons, big and small, that we seek God’s word and guidance. It could be for a hard conversation you need to have with a friend or what decision you should make for your future. I’ve recently found myself seeking God about how in the world to be a good helper to my husband.
Throughout my 6.5 years in the movement of Youth With A Mission, I have needed to seek God’s guidance many times regarding what decision to make for my future; whether that be for tomorrow, the next month or the next three years. There are always multiple amazing opportunities and sometimes it is difficult to discern what is God’s best for your life. Many things may be good, exciting and fulfilling, but I want to learn how to hear God and follow Him into what is His BEST for my life.
Yes, as I guessed in the beginning, there will need to be a Part 3 😉
Many blessings to you on your journey of discovering God’s best for your life!