While growing up I often heard non-Catholic Christians say such things as, “the Lord spoke to me” or “thus says the Lord.” I never quite understood how these people could proclaim such things with such conviction. After being baptized in the Holy Spirit and seeking the Lord more in prayer through adoration, daily mass and His word, I too, began to hear the voice of God speaking to me.
To allow God’s spirit to speak through me has required a dying to myself, and total childlike dependence, reliance and trust in His providence. The beauty of it is that the more I depend on God and take a leap of faith, the more my trust and faith increases in Him. This in turn releases me from my human expectations, limitations and anxieties. It is truly beautiful to walk in the Spirit and allow Him to use our voices, especially when ministering to people that need Jesus with “skin on it.”
Time after time, I have been in predicaments in daily life at home, work, and church when I’ve been privileged to be the vessel and spokesperson for the voice of, Father God.
Initially, this can be difficult to do. One’s thoughts can be driven by concerns about the other person’s feelings, opinion and opposition. Often time, the Lord has taught me that it’s not my job to understand His message but to obey and speak for Him.
Jesus said to His disciples prior to His departure, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you to all truth and remind you of all I told you.” Jn 16:13 God’s words are truth and speaking them to other requires boldness. Just as Jesus summoned His disciples in His time, He also needs us today. Whether it brings us joy or rejection we must stand firm and be His instruments.