Yesterday I set aside 10 minutes to listen to the Holy Spirit. I believe that the Lord speaks to us and we can hear Him. I pray for eyes to see and ears to hear, (from Mark 4:9) and then I sit quietly and wait for Him to speak. He speaks in different ways, but a lot of the time I hear Him speak Scripture to me. This time I felt Him saying:
“You bring Me glory. Every time you struggle to say no to sin and choose the right. When you speak with patience even though you want to scream. When you’re at the end of your rope and you ask Me for help, I say better late than never.”
That last part made me giggle. Sometimes I wait for far too long before I breathe a little, “God, what do I do now?!” But what an amazing thing that we can bring Him glory through our actions. The struggle [against sin] is real! But when you “walk by the Spirit… you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Instead we bring Him glory by walking in obedience. Boy oh boy does it ever gratify the desires of my flesh when I yell at the kids instead of choosing to speak with patience! It’s wonderful to know that these little things that I yield to Him can make such a difference in my life. I definitely have not become like Jesus and “resisted to the point of shedding blood in [my] striving against sin” (Hebrews 12:4) but I can recognize the Spirit’s work in my life. Hallelujah.
Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
1 Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink, whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”