I have been reading a book recommended by a friend after she read my blog post "Dreams of heavenly battles" from this past Sunday. The book, The Sword of the Lord by Kevin Basconi has been one of those books that I read page by page. What I mean by that is, I read a page and then stop and re-read that page. Then think about what was written on that page, then read that page again. If I didn't have this book on Kindle, it would be marked up with highlighter and underlines and folded corners. And I am only 1/3 of the way through the book! I have already gone back to the beginning of the book and re-read entire chapters. Just incredible.
Here's the thing......As I have been reading this book which describes Kevin Basconi's visions, I feel as if I am back in my own dream from Saturday night. And the thing is, it seems like it is causing me to remember in a deeper way, more about my own experience with Jesus. Even though I don't know how this book ends, I am sure that I can recommend it! The first 1/3 is great!
Today the message that was in page after page was EVERY PERSON MUST HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD FOR THEMSELVES! Really, there is nothing else that is as important as this. Over 20 years ago, I was blessed to be in a place that had this concept as a foundation of their ministry. When there was prayer or ministry with a person, the FIRST thing that was said, was "what is Jesus saying to you?" Today I am feeling so thankful for the years and years I have had with this concept. And I am understanding, in a deeper way, why I have felt so compelled to teach this "listening prayer" to children.
I am convinced that this is the season of back to basics. It is a time when Jesus is calling us all back to the foundations of our faith. Worship, the Word (the Bible) and communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And by communion I mean true communication - two way - talking and listening. Taking the time to stop and let the Holy Spirit speak into our spirit. Journaling - writing down the things that we are talking about. Spending time with our God. This is more than just a "daily devotion" - although that can certainly be a great place to start! I am just encouraging you to go one step further......just stop and ask Jesus what he is speaking to you today. And then listen!
And here is the truth-telling part of this blog. Even after I had learned to listen to Jesus, I did not spend enough time just listening. This is another reason why I am so thankful for this blog! I have been spending much more time listening to Jesus as I consider what I am supposed to be sharing.
My challenge to all of you reading this blog today..... "What is Jesus saying to you?"
Jesus, thank you for speaking to us today. I am in awe of your plan and destiny for us. You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. And yet, you care about each of us. Holy Spirit, please encourage us to listen to Jesus as he talks with us. Thank you for drawing us back to the foundations in our walk with you. Amen