I’ve been having some difficulties hearing from the Holy Spirit in recent days. Specifically in regards to a camp I’m preaching at in NM. Let’s revisit the verse in John:
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.
Doesn’t seem that difficult or even really that complicated. But – it’s in wanting to hear from the Lord that we’re I am confronted with my own sin. Mark says it this way:
“if you cannot hear the voice of God maybe it’s because you aren’t willing to hear everything He has to say?”
So, for the sake of being honest, here are three things I’ve been dealing with lately in my personal life that I think are preventing me from hearing the Holy Spirit.
- Complaining: It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the job I have… but the complaining (to a select few) reveals my ungrateful heat & spirit. Complaining usually comes out from a heart that thinks it deserves something in reality doesn’t. What do I deserve? is a question I’m constantly asking myself. I have been given so much (loving wife, wonderful job, great friends, etc)… so, I should must be grateful. Complaining in my life really brings out the fact that I’ve forgotten the Gospel… for it’s remembering the Gospel that we remember what we deserve and also what Christ has so graciously done for us. I don’t want to assume you know the Gospel – READ THIS.
- Inattention: This is specifically in regards to my wife, Abigail. It never is intentionally not paying attention… it simply creeps up expectantly. I must remind myself that how I love her affects everything about us. Seriously. How I treat Abby affects E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. So, on my way home, I picked up some flowers as a simple reminder to her that I love her. For evidence, you can see them HERE.
- Productivity (lack thereof): This could be substituted as laziness, but I’ll keep it to lack of productivity. I’ve actually gotten a ton of things done, but many of the things I’ve done have been all the wrong things. I don’t need to design sermon logos. I’ll leave that up to someone else. I must do what is most important: prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). There is a great blog on Biblical Productivity and you can find it HERE. Or, you can download the pdf file of the same online resource HERE.
May by God’s grace we strive to be honest enough with ourselves and others that we can share openly about our struggles.
[H/T: Mark Batterson]