I began to pay attention to the ways the Holy Spirit would communicate to me around the time of middle school; I believe it was. Sometimes it would be through dreams or visions and other times it would be in the repetition of an event or conversation, basically what many call déjà vu. Most of the repetitive situations would take place in threes, meaning I would experience the same type of conversation with three different people or have a similar event happen three separate times.
Now you may be asking yourself, "How did I know it was God speaking to me?" Well, I was certain of this because I learned to recognize His voice by studying the Bible, listening to worship music and communicating to Him through prayer. Also, the guidance and instructions which He would tell me didn't, and I mean Did Not contradict His Holy Word. As I continued to do these things, I began to follow through with the Holy Spirits promptings willingly. Demonstrating my obedience was a great start, and all but God desired for me to grow towards hearing His voice one time rather than needing so many confirmations. So this lesson is what my current journey of faith has been about and here is one of my most recent examples I want to share with you...
Last week, I was in the middle of packing clothes for my children and me to spend time with my mother. Earlier that day, we had spoken about taking them to a new park that had just opened up. While packing last minute and in a rush, I heard the Holy Spirit say "Pack the children's swimsuits!" In my head, my initial reaction was "Why do I want to do that? Isn't this just a park!" So I continued to gather our things when I heard the Holy Spirit saying the same thing again. I quickly realized I was receiving directions that I needed to follow. Although reluctant, I gathered the children's swimsuits, towels, and water shoes. I even told myself that I would secretly pack their things away so that they would not be excited to play in some water only to find out there was none.
Not long after meeting up with my mother, we headed out to the new park to go check it out. Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was the water shooting up from the splash pad area. The second thing was that the slide was in the parking lot not assembled and the area, where it was supposed to go, was fenced off. Immediately, I repented for my unbelief and began to thank God for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Then shared with my mother how I almost missed this lesson on obedience because of my doubts.
I have come to realize God uses these teaching moments to not only strengthen my faith in Him but to show me where I place my trust. Romans 6:16 KJV says "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" So I challenge you to examine today what your actions say about who you are choosing to serve.