Prepared for Battle! 4
In this grand and joyful battle that we are engaged in remember what you are protecting! You are protecting the Word or the Voice of the Lord within you. Everything you experience with your physical senses is designed to draw your consciousness away from the Lord – whether good or evil.
Jesus said that the kingdom of God is not observed through that which is visible. His kingdom is within you, in the realm of your spirit and soul. When you sit down and think about it there is far more life within you than outside of you. It is in this inner realm, referred to as the heart or most central place within you, that you engage with life in all its forms and aspects.
Now, since our battle is not physical but internal, it becomes necessary to know what this armour looks like within you so that you know how to put it on. Paul uses the armour of a roman soldier as a point of reference but it in no way looks like Roman armour! To somehow imagine putting on Roman armour is going to leave you high and dry and very defenceless.
God encourages us to put on the armour that He uses when He goes into battle. I don’t know about you but I find it very hard to imagine the Lord dressed up like a Roman soldier! 😊 Jesus is clothed in light and in Romans 12:3 our armour is identified as the armour of light. Jesus said He is the light of the world and He also said YOU are the light of the world. We are often told to, “Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” The question then is, “What is this light?”
Remember in this battle you are stepping out of the realm of the visible and into the invisible realm/s within you. As you close your eyes and shut out physical light you become conscious of your thoughts and imagination. Physically it may seem that there is nothing but darkness behind your eyeballs. Don’t focus on the darkness but listen for the “voices” and “conversations” within. You are looking to hear the Voice of the Lord which manifests itself in Words. He is the Word of Life and Light and Love. In this place you are wanting to “see” and “hear” Jesus.
Also, know that Jesus no longer looks like He did when He was on earth so don’t go looking for a “physical” Jesus. Revelation 1 describes what He looks like. Words paint pictures and the more familiar you become with hearing the VOICE of the Lord the easier it is to see Him. When you hear or see the Lord move your thoughts and intentions towards Him. Focus on Him and what you are hearing.
When you begin ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you through a Scripture. Trust the Holy Spirit in this process. Remember the Holy Spirit loves you and He will lead you and guide you into all truth, which is the KNOWLEDGE of Jesus Christ. Trust and enjoy the process. As you hear the Scripture listen to the sound and tone of voice. Is the voice soft and gentle or harsh and hard? If it is harsh or makes you feel inferior or guilty then you are hearing a foreign voice. If it is soft and gentle and draws you closer to Jesus, then you are hearing His voice. Over time you will become more familiar with His voice. It is this voice and the instruction in it that you are looking to guard with all your heart.
Because this is an invisible process natural circumstances will come to challenge it. All sorts of contradictions, accusations, doubts and unbelief will try to assail your thoughts and emotions. These are the weapons Satan uses to attack the VOICE of the Lord and to silence it within you. However, once you are aware of His voice it becomes easier to walk by faith – by that which is unseen. Over time you will follow the Lord in all His ways.
Take some time to listen to what is going on inside you. What conversation is dominating your thoughts? What do you “see” and “hear”? Would you classify it as light or as darkness? How would you change it?
I pray your day is filled with love and light and love.
Dankie vir die wonderlike geseënde woord wat ek so gereeld ontvang. Dit is baie leersaam.