We have entered into a time when it is critical that we see and know what the Spirit perceives.
Many things are not what they appear to be; and we have become more dependent on our earthly vision.
Having an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, is no longer an old time expression; it is an absolute necessity.
Some things have become more simple in a complicated world in this hour. If we are not listening, we will not receive how the Spirit acts.
It does not matter what other people are doing, what things they seek. Many of us have been on this journey for a long time now.
How much more do we know of God, than when we first started?
Have we become more in-depth in knowing His ways and how He acts among his people?
The old ways are not dead; how could they be. What was instituted from the onset of our experience, never truly faded; maybe only we did.
God’s ways are still His ways; we must know them now.
It’s been mentioned, that perhaps the waitress that appears a bit distant, or the cashier person at the grocery store that is unfriendly, may actually be going through something else.
Perhaps a teenager did not come home last night, a child is ill or there is trouble at home.
Just maybe, we fail to realize what a meaningless job they might have; how standing for long hours takes its toll on the body and even the mind.
We might never stop to put ourselves in their place; or even care.
Much encouragement today, will be given on a personal level. In the Spirit, I can discern what the needs of people we meet are everyday.
How do we even recognize a hungry soul any more; to intervene when only a word fitly spoken could make all the difference in the world?
And what about our brothers and sisters in the LORD?
Many are struggling and suffering in all sorts of ways. Who will be in the Spirit enough, to speak a word of knowledge or word of wisdom to them; to impart it?
We are living far below our spiritual ability; failing to exercise the things God placed in the church for ministry to others.
Much of this so-called ministry we see going on today, is only man’s elevated image of himself, a simple work of the flesh.
If you listen with the ear of the Spirit, it is easy to perceive that it is much about self, and promoting self. It’s often idle talk; some kind of well meaning word that has no true depth to it.
God is going to use anyone who makes themselves available to Him in this hour.
We might need to discover that He has grown tired of waiting for many of us to do the work He has called us to do. He has decided to use someone else.
What have we done with what we were taught; what we actually saw demonstrated among us.
When we stand before God, He will not ask us what leadership or anyone else did. He will ask us personally, what did we do with our own gifts and calling.
God is going to make a way for the working of the Spirit in our lives; that is a fact.
In years past, God literally removed people and things that got in His way.
Through the leadership of the Holy Ghost, we will know instinctively how to work around those who put up roadblocks to suppress the ministry that is so desperately needed here.
Let form, remain form. The leading of the Spirit, is the only way to obtain the riches and revelation of what is needed and intended for us now.
There will be no substitutes. What does God see in us?
~ Robert Blackburn