I will never forget the day someone said to me, “We believe the Mind of Christ is found in the Body of Christ.” While the context of our discussion (churches voting on major decisions) did not always bear that out, at least in my mind, I believe my friend was on to something. While we may not see as many examples of it as we should, maybe the Lord’s original intention was that we discern His Mind through a collective inquiring. Fortunately for us, we do have an example of this in Acts 15.
Have you ever had the Lord ask you to do something that seemed to be way out of your league? Or have you ever had to make a life altering decision where all the available options seemed right? Maybe you have felt the Lord showed you an answer that was just too simple to be true. It is during these confusing and uncertain times that we need to be seeking confirmation from the Lord.
Hearing the voice of the Lord is a critical part of living in the Reign of God. To hear His voice, however, means that we have to first inquire of Him. That means seeking to get His mind on whatever we are dealing with. Failing to inquire of the Lord can have devastating consequences. Let’s look at a few examples…
Sometimes I think we forget the Lord is also our Heavenly Father. As such, He is concerned about every aspect of our lives, even the little things. Let’s face it, He is the one that has taken the time to number the hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30). Let me share a couple of recent testimonies of how the Lord has concerned Himself with some of the “little things” in our lives.
Here is a powerful statement by Pastor Peter Lord in his book, Hearing God.
You will be more sensitive to God’s voice in all situations and among all people if you do not predetermine the most likely way of hearing it.*
Pastor Lord is right. Living in the Reign is about allowing the King to choose how and when He will speak to you.
*Lord, Peter, 2011, Hearing God. Bloomington: Chosen Books.
We are all listeners. Each one of our lives are being guided by whatever voice we choose to listen to. The result is that we walk in the wisdom that voice imparts to us. There are only two kinds of wisdom in this world: that which comes from God and that which does not. In part 1 I focused on ungodly wisdom. Now I will take a look at the wisdom that comes from God.
Because we are all listeners we are all walking in some form of wisdom. We are either walking in the wisdom that comes from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or we are walking in the wisdom that comes from the Tree of Life. How can we discern which wisdom we are walking in?