Oh my goodness, we GOT THE POWER to multiply the BLOSSOMS on the Vine, to magnify the BEAUTY of GOD's PRESENCE with a single Word of truth! "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 ~ and then to be reassured that all concern about what to say will be masterfully handled! "But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict." Luke 21:14-15 As appointed Ambassadors of Christ we are equipped with the full authority of the indwelt Holy Spirit! We do not need to blend in, we are set apart, to stand out, and to speak up as it is our blessed privilege to use our voice on behalf of Jesus. "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20"Calling the twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits." Mark 6:7 "With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith." 2 Thessalonians 1:11 "Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest whom we confess." Hebrews 3:1 "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:3 - "Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall" 2 Peter 1:10 "A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God." Isaiah 40:3 Thank You Lord Jesus for calling us by name. We hear our Shepherd's call and we willingly and gladly follow. AMEN "But I tell you the truth: It is good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you but if I go, I will send Him to you." John 16:7 ---The summary of what John 16:8-11 means to me: "The Counselor comes to comfort, convict and guide us as He glorifies Jesus." As we pray for the Holy Spirit to teach us before we read our Bibles ---and as AMBASSADORS sent out to make His appeal --- when we utilize the exercise of listing the FACTS / LESSONS / ASKING QUESTIONS and RESPONDING to what God spoke to us ---
this exercise enables us to discover the eternal truths revealed by the Holy Spirit. We can then share the method with others of how they too can personally hear God's voice speak to them. The method that Anne Graham Lotz teaches is like a recipe that boils down the Word in order to hear the voice of God speaking directly to your heart. We allow the Scriptures to simmer in our spirit, and it becomes more rich in flavor, more satisfying, more edifying as it feeds our hungry souls. We trust that whenever we ASK the Holy Spirit --- We receive. When we boldly ask for a personal message from God, we can then listen and expect to hear God speak to us personally through the Holy Scriptures. With this exercise we experience a fresh encounter with our first Love, Jesus, the Lover of our souls. We ASK for the Holy Spirit to give us UNDERSTANDING, we pick out the FACTS, God gives us a personal LESSON in the TRUTH, we formulate a QUESTION, and the Holy Spirit convicts us to RESPOND, thus equipping us in our vocation to be His authentic voice in the wilderness. Halleluiah ~ AOC = Ambassadors for Christ. In Stockton they work at the Homeless Shelter feeding the hungry and doing acts of kindness while equipping those that ask "Where does your hope come from?" The Holy Spirit compels us to speak words. As Jill Briscoe says FAITH is just "doing it scared" while trusting the Holy Spirit to do His work. Loving Jesus with all our Heart, Mind and the Soul, requires us to mobilize our feet with acts of kindness.