This blog explores the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of total health with some children's stories thrown in to break the intensity.

The Road

My view of life is simple ( in theory, if not in practice)–life is a series of choices. Right versus wrong. Good versus evil. Grace versus law. Forgiveness versus holding anger. Our lives consist of moment by moment choices.  We must choose wisely in the small decisions, even in what we allow ourselves to think, because these add together to form our character. These choices mold us in body, mind and spirit.  We bring suffering or blessing by these choices to ourselves, to others and even to our land. Surprisingly, the structure of character which we build in ourselves stick by stick, while extremely important, is not the most important thing in our lives.

In contrast to building up a house of character through a lifetime of choices, we make one solitary decision which sets our eternity. The one decision before each of us is The Road we choose. We must choose wisely in this big decision.  Building a strong house of character is of little benefit if we are moving along the wrong road.

It is in all of our hearts to know that this decision about The Road awaits us, yet it is possible to create a fog of distraction so as not to see the choices available.  We can do things to put a veil over our own eyes: lie to ourselves, focus on the temporary, or make other things seem more important. Yet, each of us has the whispering call in our hearts to a journey on The Road.

Wise men (not merely smart men) seek out The Road.  More specifically, we seek out the destination of that road–that end point is the most rewarding, real, amazing and fulfilling place in the universe. We must not be deterred from our journey there.

The ditch on one side of The Road is legalism. The other ditch is licentiousness.  To veer to the right or the left is to get stuck in these ditches.

I cannot say that I am all that far into my own journey as I have spent much effort and time on things which will not last.  I have also been stuck for various reasons. ( A good portion of my life left me stuck in the ditch of legalism, until Grace pulled me out.)  All of this said, while I mourn the waste in my life, I do not fear.  The Helper is with me.  He will not leave me or throw me away.

The power to move forward on The Road comes from he Helper. It is impossible to go forward without Him. He will bring us to strengthening components as we need them on this journey. They are laid out symbolically in the Israelite tabernacle picture.

It is not enough merely to focus on the goal—we also must focus on each other.  We must help each other, in love, to start on The Road. Encouraging  others around us to keep moving forward on The Road must be paramount in our lives.

The picture of The Road is a schematic which helps us not to get lost in the many time wasters of this world. It serves to keep us focused on the big picture. Let us open the eyes of our spirits and see that The Road has always been present before us.  It is calling us forward. Our goal is to end up in the very heart of God where his desires become more important to us than our own.


Mojito Mocktails

This is a delicious non alcoholic summer drink.

½ peeled cucumber cut into 1 inch slices
2 peeled limes cut in half
3 sprigs of mint
8 ounces of coconut water
½ cup of ice
pinch of salt (optional)
1/4 cup stevia
1 teaspoon xylitol or honey to cover stevia taste

Blend all ingredients until it is smoothie consistency. Makes 2 servings.

This is delicious. It can be changed up by switching the berries–blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries.

½ cup berries, fresh or frozen
½ banana in 1 inch pieces, fresh or frozen
8 ounces coconut water
½ lemon peeled
1 heaping tablespoon milled flaxseed
1 heaping tablespoon Great Lakes gelatin collagen hydrosolate
4 large leaves of greens like romaine lettuce, kale, or swiss chard


Blend until smooth and enjoy. Serves 2.

  1. Place bananas, eggs, vanilla, stevia, butter , salt and baking soda in a food processor
  2. Pulse ingredients together
  3. Pulse in almond flour
  4. Scoop batter into 2 greased 7.5 x 3.5 magic line loaf pan
  5. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool

Serves 20


Because of some technical issues, I have not been able to access my blog for a while.  Some positive comments on living a healthy lifestyle were awaiting me.

So, to be honest here, I have fallen off the wagon.  A Trader Joe’s moved in 2 blocks away.  My husband and I have renamed it as Trader Temptations.  High cacao chocolate bars, organic corn chips etc.–junk food by any other name is still junk food.

Falling of the wagon was a gradual thing.  I told myself that I was making compromises to be more social.  The truth is that there was always a very thin veneer dividing me from unhealthy living.  When I choose rightly in the small choices (with prayer and God’s help)  the veneer stays in place.  I liken my eating to the alcoholic who thinks just one drink will not hurt.  Pretty soon he is back to full blown disease.

There are some who are not like this–they can make compromises and keep on the right path of healthy living.  I think the key to this is to know yourself with brutal honesty and then do what you need to do.

Interestingly, I have been completely delivered from some diseases and sins and know that the deliverance is solid.  I am sure that God healed me from breast cancer, lupus and Dupruytrens Contracture.  Ongoing struggles with Follicular Lymphoma and High Blood Sugar may  be ongoing means to developing continuing self control.

Perhaps this is like Paul’s thorn in the side which was ongoing.  Some things are done, done, and done.  Some are left, like the thorn, to help us grow and to lean on God.  The thin veneer is a blessing if we know how very weak and needy of God we continue to be.


Definition of Christian faith: 

Belief and trust in Jesus.  Having such confidence and trust in Jesus that we base our actions upon that trust and belief, without physical evidence as a basis.  A spiritual knowing that the thing you hope for is established even before there is material evidence of that knowledge.

Definition from the Bible:  

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Heb 11:1

What do we hope for?

We hope for the things that God desires.  From study of the Bible and from hanging out with God (prayer, active listening), we learn his heart.  We let our spiritual eyes, ears, and hearts be trained to understand God’s desires and to seek the same things.

Earth is not our permanent home, but it is our temporary dwelling place just as our bodies are. Yet, this earth will become the New Jerusalem and our bodies will be glorified, therefore neither is to be trivialized.

We are called to bring heaven on earth to this place. (Mt 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.)   We are called through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring the kingdom of God (God’s sovereign rule) here and now.  (Rom 5:17 TEV All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.)  (Rom 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.)

What does faith do? 

Faith brings God’s provision from the spiritual realm into the physical realm. (Mat 6:10

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven)

Faith brings salvation (Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.), answers to prayer (Mt 21:22  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer), and effective ministry  (Mat 17:20b  … For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.)

Faith causes us to know in our hearts before we can see with our eyes.  (2 Cor. 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.”)   Faith brings the victory that enables us to overcome the world. (1 Jn 5:4  for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.)  Faith allows us to please God. (Heb 11:6  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.)

The Relationship Between Grace and Faith

(Eph 2:8  For it is by grace you are saved through faith–and that not of yourselves.  It is the gift of God.)  It is God’s grace that saves us–God gives us the grace that we need to be saved. However, that grace comes through faith.  Grace is the empowerment, gifting and resources from God for us to accomplish his purposes.  Faith is the pipeline through which grace flows to us.

2 Categories of Faith.

Human faith–This faith is based upon the 5 senses.  Based upon what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel, we decide whether something or someone is trustworthy.  For instance, we decide if it is safe to fly on a plane or ride in a car based upon our physical senses.

Supernatural faith–This faith is a gift from God to every Christian.  (Eph 2:8 printed above, Rom 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.)

Extraordinary faith is one of the gifts of the Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 12:9  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit).  This is an amazing trust of God to do as he has promised.  It exceeds the faith found in most Christians.

Saving faith versus functional faith  

We are each given a measure of faith when we become Christians as seen in Romans 12:3 (For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you),

When Jesus speaks of great faith,  (Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith), he is speaking of functional faith.   Also, when he mentions little faith (Mat 8:26  “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”), he once again speaks of functional faith.

We are all given faith that is the same stuff as Peter and Paul’s faith.  It is a matter of how we exercise our faith that makes it more or less functional–greater or smaller.

How do we get saving faith? 

(Rom 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.)  People need to hear the gospel to believe.  We hear the Word.  The Holy Spirit empowers the words.  God’s supernatural faith enters us.

How do we increase our functional faith? 

Know that these steps are not to move us back from grace into works (achieving by our effort).  These are privileges and not duties–sources of joy not burdens. They put us in the position to receive God’s help.   

  1. Increase your understanding of the Word, and pray the Word.  (2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture   is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.)
  2. Feed your spirit godly food, not the junk food of the world. (Jn 4:34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.)
  3. Privately pray in tongues, if you have received that gift.  It builds you up.  (1 Cor 14:4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.)   If you have not been given this gift yet, then  ask the Holy Spirit for it as well as the other spiritual gifts.  (1 Cor 14:1  Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.)  (1 Cor 14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.)
  4. Obey Holy Spirit promptings– put your faith into action. (Rom 2:13  For it is not those who hear the law that are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.)  Give thanks.  (1 Thes 5:18  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.)
  5. Develop a worshipful life.  (Ps 100:1  Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.)
  6.  Speak the Word.  (Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.)
  7.  Seek purity.  (Tim1:5  The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.)
  8.  Move constantly deeper towards love. (1 Cor 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.)
  9. Tame your tongue with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Our words build or destroy.  They show what is in our hearts.  (Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.)

A picture of faith and grace. 

We have blood pumping through our physical body.  Grace is like the blood to our spiritual body.  The life is in the blood.  Nutrients, oxygen, cleansing, and much more come through the spiritual life-giving blood which flows from God’s Holy Spirit to our spirit.  This blood brings power and all that we need to accomplish God’s purposes for us.

Faith is like the circulatory system through which the blood of grace is pumped to our spirit.  It is the pipeline that allows the grace to bring life, growth, healing, nutrition and every resource to the spirit, soul and body to enable us to accomplish God’s purposes.

Our circulatory system gets stronger as we exercise it. As we put more demands on it,  it becomes more able to meet those demands.

As we use our faith, in good times and in trials, we grow it functionally.  We have the measure originally given to us, but we increase its functional ability by constantly and deliberately pushing it to new levels.

More on Grace

Grace is also the sheep-gate that we enter into the kingdom through.  It is the narrow road that we travel to God’s heart.  Grace is all of God’s gifting and bounty which he pours out upon us in love.  It is our relationship with the Spirit of Christ (the Holy Spirit) through the blood of Jesus which empowers us.  It is the spiritual ground that we stand upon, food and drink for our spirits, and the spiritual air that we breathe.

Examples of Great Faith. 

Study Hebrews 11 to see what great functional faith looks like.  Notice that great faith is grown through suffering, trials and battles.

Faith, Grace, and Suffering  

It is true that suffering can speed our maturation by growing our faith through exercise thereby bringing more grace (God’s empowerment and resources).  While we need to embrace all that God has for us in times of trial and suffering, we must remember that much of our suffering comes from the evil one.  (Some we bring on ourselves.)

While we embrace all that God has for us in the midst of the trials, we remember that we are in a war with the evil one who wants to kill, maim and destroy.  Therefore, while joyfully accepting God’s blessings, love, and teachings in the midst of the trial, we fight back with all the weapons that God has given us against the enemy.  This simultaneous embrace of all that God has for us and fighting Satan’s plans is possible through the Holy Spirit.

Many times God wants us to be released from the trial, but he has told us to use our authority to accomplish that release.  It is crucial that we do not let our trial and suffering become our new identity.  We can let the trial redefine who we are.  That gives the victory in the battle to the evil one.

The Faith Walk–Exercising to Increase Our Functional Faith

As non-Christians, we start out bouncing around in the world, looking for love in all the wrong places. Finally, all Christians by faith enter through the sheep gate which is Jesus.  This faith walk can be pictured as taking place in the tabernacle of the Israelites, through the progression of courts.

We come into the outer court through the sheep gate as an acquaintance of Jesus.  At any point in our walk, we may wander around, get stuck or move forward. There is a narrow path which is grace, which leads towards the Holy of Holies. This path of grace is our relationship with Jesus, through which we are empowered for his purposes. In the outer court is the bronze altar–there we learn to bring ourselves as a living sacrifice to God and to die daily.  Also in the outer court is the laver.  This is where we get into the habit of washing daily in the Word and seeiing ourselves through God’s eyes in the reflection.

To the left and right of the path are ditches of legalism and licentiousness.  We can fall into these and require help in moving into forward momentum again.

As we grow and learn, we can progress into the inner court.  Here we become friends with God.  God becomes less of a sugar daddy to us–we become more concerned about him as opposed to ourselves.  The show bread is is made available to us–we begin to hear and see with our spiritual eyes.  We become aware of who God is–we obey more quickly and completely.

The final destination is the Holy of Holies.  This represents the heart of God–in the Holy of Holies we move to the relationship of lover.  When we move to this point, we are feeling God’s pain, his desires, and his purposes.  What he wants becomes more important than our temporary pleasures.  This is the point where we begin acting to bring God’s kingdom to earth by our prayers, our words, and our actions.  We use our authority to do what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do.  This is where we start our reign with God, not for glory to ourselves but fully for his glory.

At any point on this path, there is freedom.  We may go back through the sheep-gate for the purpose of ministering to wounded or lost sheep.  We may go into the green pastures for rest or nurturing.  This is not a regimented path.  It is a living, relating path–the path of grace.

Holy Spirit Led Prayer

1.  What is Holy Spirit led prayer?

  • It is personal time with the Ruler of the Universe.

Prayer is more than just conversation.  It is conversation with the one who created and controls the universe.  Yet God allows his followers be so personal that we can know him as Daddy (“Abba”).  While we have a reverent fear and awe of God (the knowledge that God is the ultimate power and authority), he in a sense allows us to snuggle into his lap and join our hearts with his to pray.

Rom 8:15  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba”, Father.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Heb 4:16  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Ezek 22:30  I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

  • It is conversation with the Father through the Holy Spirit who resides inside of us.

Prayer differs from regular conversation in another way:  our interactions actually take place with the help of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of God helps us in our weaknesses to know what to pray as we talk to God.

Jn 4:16   And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.

Romans 8:26  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

  • It is 2 way conversation.

Spirit led prayer involves 2 way conversation.  Just as we would quickly weary of a friend who talked nonstop and never listened, prayer is meant to be talking plus listening.  As we move higher and deeper into Spirit led prayer, it grows constantly in the listening component.

Jn 14:16   But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

  • It is more than bringing our plans and asking God to bless them.

Although we can dump every concern, need, heartache, and even our hopes on the lap of God, he is still actually God.  We do not direct him by telling him what to do, rather, we ask him to align our hearts with his heart so that we become part of his plans.  We ask him to put his plans upon our hearts.  We may move ahead in faith as we follow Biblical principles without a clear answer from God, but never should we make important decisions without asking for God’s heart on an issue.

The principle of seeking God’s heart is modeled in the Lord’s prayer.  The focus is first on God and the needs of his heart.  Only then do we present our needs to God.  Indeed the acronym of ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication) is based on the model of the Lord’s prayer, with us placing our needs at the very end.

Mt 6:10  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Rom 8:7    For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.

Rom 8:27    And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

2.  What is the scriptural basis for Spirit led prayer?

There are many scriptures about this.  The Bible as a whole seems to be about individuals gaining spiritual eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to absorb and obey the will of God.  Here are a few scriptures:

1 Jn 5: 14-15  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God.

James 4:2b-3  You do not have, because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

3.  How do I move into Holy Spirit led prayer?

  • It is a process.

As with many things in our walk towards God, this becomes better with practice.  It is wonderful to practice this in community.  God usually gives two or three witnesses to confirm his nudges, so Spirit led prayer is especially safe in that context.

Rom 12:12  rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer 

Jn 8:17  Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact.

  • Start with the Bible.

God expects us to listen to what he has already said in his Word.  Anything we hear in our listening prayer should match up with the principles of the Bible.  Knowing these principles is necessary for survival. Through our study of the Bible, God may highlight a teaching, a chapter, or even a specific verse that speaks right to us.

Heb 4:12   For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

  • Be humble.

Repent when needed, even on the small stuff. Stick a pin into any pride that starts to puff up self for any reason (Ask God to help with this.). The Holy Spirit loves a humble and contrite heart.

Ps 51:17   The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

  • Constantly seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance; like using the GPS device in your car.

Let him direct your life.  It works much better when we invite the Holy Spirit to give us guidance as we navigate through life.

Prov 19:21   Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

  • Be agenda neutral.

It is a safer mode of operation to go to God in a neutral frame of mind.  If we have an agenda, it is better to pray to ask God to bring us to a place of joy in accepting God’s plans.  There are many examples in the Bible of God giving someone the desires of their hearts, even if it is not the best choice.  (Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20 for one)  We want to pray until we are willing to accept God’s best for us, instead of asking for our natural inclinations.

Jer 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

  • Be thankful.

A thankful spirit in us fans the fire of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.  Ingratitude quenches it,  just as it does with any close relationship.

Col 3:17  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

  • Have times of stillness.

It is difficult to hear when our lives are full of noise or constant activity.  Did Christ have a crazy, frenetic life?  Simplify, simplify!  God expects us to clear space on our plates so that we have time with him.

Ps 46:10  Be still and know that I am God.

  • Hang out with God

How can you get to know someone if you do not spend time with them?  In a marriage, we often know each other so well that we can finish each other’s sentences.  We come to know each other’s hearts.  Relationships like this only come through lots of together time.

May our whole lives become prayer walks. “ What now Lord?”  “Lord, help in this situation.”  “Please help this person.”  “Shine your light here.”  Or, that most holy prayer — “Help!”  Flash prayers invite the Holy Spirit more deeply into your life.

1 Thes 5:17   pray without ceasing

Mt 6:6 (Message) Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.

  • Be absorbed in God.

Time with God is a joy, not a duty.  Spending time communicating with God is a gift.  It is a goal in itself, not a means to get what we want.

Neh 8:10  for the Joy of the Lord is your strength.

  • Expect confirmation of what you hear.

The Bible shows repeatedly that two or three witnesses are expected to corroborate truth.  We should be given a confirmation of Holy Spirit nudges and directions.  This does not mean we should not instantly obey when that is what is necessary.  It means that God can corroborate, when needed,  so there is no doubt.

2 Cor 13:1 In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

  • Be victorious.

God has shown us who the winner is in this life.  He is!  When we seek and then pray the heart of God, we can have confidence.  No matter how it looks in the immediate, the victory is God’s.

4.   What is the goal of Spirit led prayer?

  • To conform to Christ

It is not possible to make ourselves be like Christ by studying and imitating him.  This amazing transformation is the duty of the Holy Spirit.  Our part is to trust, listen to and obey him.

As we do this, the Holy Spirit transforms us to look more like Jesus. This may be a slow and frustrating process, with the fastest growth often taking place in the times of the most pain.

Spirit led prayer is a big part of this transformation process.  Without the Bible and the communication with the Holy Spirit, we are flying blindly.  We do not need to — the map and the navigator are right there for us.

Rom 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

  • To reign with Christ eventually and right now

We all want to make a difference in an eternal way.  All of our projects, efforts, and work may be for nothing if we are not actively listening and getting our direction from the Holy Spirit.

Our efforts, if not in God’s plan, are like the hay and stubble which will burn.  If the Holy Spirit directs our efforts, then we are doing something eternal which will produce jewels for his glory.

2 Tim 2: 11-13  The saying is trustworthy, for:  If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him

5.  Does this mean I should never do anything without a clear directive from the Holy Spirit?

  • No, it does not mean that.

It would be so awesome to have a word from God on everything, but God also expects you to take action and make decisions as he would make them.

We should pray before making important decisions, make sure our choices lines up with the Bible and move forward.  Sometimes the Holy Spirit is decidedly silent.  However, we may have to readjust as God makes his plans more clear.

6.What makes the Holy Spirit be silent?

  • Not being consulted

The Holy Spirit most definitely gets more silent when we do not ask him about things in our lives.  He is a person (of the God type, not the human being type).  He can be grieved and quenched.  If we want the Holy Spirit to give input into our lives, then we must regularly ask him.

1 Thes 5:19  Do not quench the Spirit

  • Not being obeyed

When the Holy Spirit gives a directive which is ignored, he waits patiently until we are ready to listen.   “I will obey right away, all the way with a happy heart” (from “Growing Kids God’s Way”), is the best response to the Holy Spirit.

  • Not being acknowledged or respected

How often do we even say or hear the name of the Holy Spirit?  Do we acknowledge him?  Do we give him credit for what he does?  Jesus made it clear that the Holy Spirit is the one on earth with whom we interact.  He also made it clear that the Holy Spirit is to be respected and honored.  The Holy Spirit is our way to be reminded of what Jesus taught us and how we might love and obey God.

John 14:26: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.


7. How can I be sure that I am hearing from the Holy Spirit?

  • It will conform to the Bible.
  • It will have reliable confirmations from 2 to 3 other sources (the Bible or other reliable wise Christians).
  • The Holy Spirit will develop a track record of truth with us.

We will grow to know the voice of the Holy Spirit better with experience.  We will learn to trust, listen and follow him more.  Obedience makes his voice grow clearer and louder.


8.  Is there a deeper level of Holy Spirit prayer?

  • Becoming a watchman on the wall.

The Holy Spirit may assign us watch times to pray as watchmen on the wall.  He may show us a danger that is coming and tell us to pray about it.  He may have us pray for someone without any knowledge of why.  Later the reason may surface, or it may not.

Ezek 3:17

  • Prayer walking

Putting feet to our prayers (literally) in prayer walking, takes our prayer into the world.

9.  Any other hints?

  • Write it down.

If the King of the Universe speaks to us, we may want to write down what he says.  Keep a journal.

  • Ponder his lessons or answers in our hearts.

There may be more riches that the Holy Spirit will keep uncovering when you have this trusting, listening, and obeying relationship with him.  If we get a word or picture, we may want to ponder it so the Spirit can bring us to a fullness of understanding.

  • Enjoy the amazing time with the Holy Spirit.  The wonder of it only increases.
  • Think of the big picture.

The big picture of our walk with the Holy Spirit is like a journey toward the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle of God’s chosen people.  Before salvation, we wander around looking for love in all the wrong places. Finally, at conversion, we come  into the tabernacle through the sheep gate, which is Jesus himself.  Then we start upon the narrow road towards conforming to Christ and reigning with him.

The road can be called grace (or it can be called abundant relationship with the Holy Spirit).  There are ditches on each side which can stall us.  One ditch is self righteousness, and the gully on the other side is self indulgence.

We travel by the Bronze Altar where we offer ourselves as a daily sacrifice.  We also stop daily at the laver which is the Word of God, giving us cleansing and a true look at who we are.

We start as acquaintances to the Holy Spirit when we enter the outer court.  After time with him and some transformation, we move into the Holy Place where we begin to be friends with the Holy Spirit–we know his voice better and are learning to obey.

The next change takes place when we actually know him so well that we know his heart.  Then we move into the Holy of Holies and into the very heart of the Holy Spirit.  We become lovers of him.  We seek to do his will more than our own.  At this point we can start to reign with Christ making a difference for eternity.  This is the place from which we want to be praying.  (Disclaimer:  I am not in that place yet.)


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