Happy Friday! Check out our Fruitfulfab flashback originally posted on October 3, 2016.
A GPS gives you directions, and even helps you to reroute and get back on course when you make the wrong turn. Moreover, your body gives you signs when something is wrong or when it is experiencing changes, harmful or beneficial. Your five senses give you details that keeps you alert, aware, and responsive. With each—the GPS, our bodies and our senses—we have to pay attention to them and act accordingly. When Jesus ascended to the Father, God sent down His next best gift. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (Acts 1:4 NIV)
The Holy Spirit, He, serves not only as our comforter, but as the inner guide of every believer. He is our very own spiritual GPS. He is the one who gives us warnings, wisdom, discernment, and understanding of the things of God. Moreover, the Holy Spirit continually connects us with the Father and the Son as we seek God daily, pray without ceasing, saturate in God’s Word, and depend on Him.
But what happens when you don’t understand the GPS system? You get frustrated and you lose direction. What happens when you continue to ignore your body’s signs that you need rest or to make some healthy changes? You may get sick or fatigued; you may have to spend lots of time and/or medicine or take on a new health regimen just to get your body back on track. What happens when one or more of your senses are not working? You are unable to function at capacity, maybe even hindered at living a quality life, and you may have a hard time communicating with others.
I said all of this to say that it is essential to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He will bring revelations and understanding of God’s mysteries to us. He will direct us along our destined journeys. He will guide and assist us in fulfilling the assignments God gives us, in ministering to the lost, and in making the right decisions. He will keep us alert to the enemy’s tactics, give us discernment, and connect us to the things of God as we connect to Him. Sensitivity towards the Holy Spirit is so crucial when the devil lurks consistently to try to steal, kill and destroy our impact, destinies, witness, patience, our ability to trust and depend on the Lord, our love walk, our influence on the world, our families and more. We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s directives, exhortations, and warnings.
What if the Holy Spirit gave you an opening and told you to share your testimony with a stranger at the bus stop, or to smile at the young lady walking into the store, or to give that mom walking with her child a ride to the bus stop on a cold, snowy day, or to minister to the young man on the corner? What if He told you to not go that way home, or to go straight to work, or go to Bible study anyway although you are tired, or don’t date that young woman? What if He told you to get out of bed and travail in prayer for your friend’s son or make a meal for the homeless, old couple you pass on the way to work? And what if you failed to obey, heed His warning or execute His orders?
Someone’s very life/future could be at stake and needs your intercession. Deciphering God’s voice from any other and yielding to God is crucial for interceding on someone else’s behalf. That person could be in danger or perhaps in a coma and definitely could and would benefit from your prayers. And who could better help you to intercede and pray for that person you may not even know? The Holy Spirit! Moreover, you could put your own safety at risk, not being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s warnings and directives. Just read below about a man of God who failed to heed God’s warning and to obey.
Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before. The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.” But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’” So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel. Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken. So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “I am,” he replied. So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.” The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’” The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house. While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’” When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him. As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived. When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.” (1 Kings 13:6-26 NIV) Tragic right, but unfortunately we have all failed to heed God’s warning here and there! Thank God, however, for His mercy.
Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit could also bless someone and encourage another that He prompts you to minister to, showing and confirming to them that God loves them and He is real and ever so present. You ever had someone you felt led to minister to or show kindness to and they express how they were having a bad day or a lot on their mind and knew that your brief encounter was of God because it blessed them so. We are living in the last days, crucial times, pivotal seasons, and God wants willing and yielded vessels connected with His Gift every second of the day so He can use such vessels to impact nations and fulfill the purposes He placed in them.
The M.I.A (Most Important Accessory) that a Christian should have in their possession is sensitivity towards the Holy Spirit. It is something we don’t hang up or sport from time to time, but something we must wear daily, second by second, minute by minute. Now is the time to allow the Holy Spirit to sensitize you towards Him and to help you be alert and responsive to His promptings.