Cutting It Straight

NEWSHOWLOGO 145Excuse me as I wax blissfully about one of my loves…

Oh the joy of studying the bible! There is nothing like having a pile of commentaries and dictionaries stacked up on my desk just to go over a passage! The pure joy of plumbing the depths of New Testament Greek just to understand one word! The utter feeling of satisfaction that comes from knowing exactly what you have to do when you get home-STUDY! Yes!

My words may seem sarcastic to some, but it should be apparent that I really love studying the bible! It is my hobby and my pastime, if I may describe it as such. Most and more important than all that, it’s my calling. It is what God has given and gifted me to do for Him as a contribution to His church. I teach, and if I teach for Him, it must be right.     My approach, my preparation, my perseverance, and my presentation must be proper.

Bible reading and especially bible study are obvious necessities of the Christian life. Along with prayer, they are commonly known as spiritual ‘disciplines’. They’re called disciplines because they don’t come naturally to us. We will do them and do them to a greater degree as we surrender ourselves to the Spirit of God. Without bible reading we will not know fully what the Lord wants to communicate to us, and without bible study, we will remain in a state of spiritual infancy. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (Hebrews 5:12).

As I study the Word, first my approach must be right. I must believe that it is His Word and not my own. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6). I must be careful not to insert any of  my own bias into it. I must not force a meaning into it that is not there. When this is done, it plants the ungodly seeds of false doctrine.

When it comes to bible study, the scripture we love to tout the most, and rightfully so, is found in 2 Timothy 2:15. It says, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Having said that, it is important to note that the word ‘study’ in this verse (in the original Greek), actually has no direct reference to reading or studying as we understand it. It is from a verb that means ‘to make haste’, ‘to be zealous or eager’, or ‘to make every effort.’ So what is it that we are supposed to be eager and making every effort to do? We are to be presenting or showing ourselves as approved unto God. But how? Stay with me.

Secondly, my preparation to study the Word must begin with prayer. Asking the Lord to quicken His Word in the mind and heart and remove any obstacle so that they are ready to receive from Him. The fact that the Holy Spirit here uses the word ‘workman’ here, indicates that I am a laborer, and that the business of being approved unto God will not be easy. Satan will do all he is able to do to sidetrack and derail our faith. This is why we must keep our eyes on Christ and His cross, knowing that the battle was already won there. That leads directly into the third point. Perseverance will only happen on my part as I continue to rest my faith in Christ and all He accomplished on the cross. Anything less weakens me and pulls me away from Him.

Finally, there is the presentation of the Word. Approval also has to do with a proper handling of the Word. The phrase ‘rightly divide’ is one word in Greek and it means ‘to cut in a straight line.’ As I prepare to teach or preach, I am to be honest in my handling of it. The Word must be taught and preached in a straightforward manner, being careful not to tickle any ears in the process. In other words, as a minister of the Word, I must resist the temptation to tell people what they want to hear; which will probably make them feel good. Rather, I should speak exactly what the bible says, mincing no words. It should be understood that the Word does not always bring comfort as we know it. In 2 Timothy 3:16, we read among other things, that scripture is useful for reproof, which has the idea of bringing conviction, and also for correction; two things that we need from time to time as we traverse this life in the Lord.

As it pertains to the Word, when I approach, prepare, persevere and present the Word with these things in mind, and make every effort to do so, I will know that I have been approved unto God; maybe not unto man, but that doesn’t matter. When it comes to the Word, cut it straight–and no tickling!

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

Planes, Thangs, Autmobiles and Other Sins of The Rich and Righteous

ilovemoneyI’ve never actually wanted to be rich. I mean I’ve just never had the itch to have a whole lot of money. A decent roof over my head, and having my basic needs met seems to have always been enough for me. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve had plenty. I’ve been at that place where I didn’t have to worry about food, rent or mortgage and the like. I’ve also been in that place where I had pretty much nothing; living paycheck to paycheck, so to speak. So I’ve been in both places and truth be told, plenty is better. When one does have plenty though, the tendency is to forget God; we become comfortable. Having nothing much will keep you on your knees. I think I can rest somewhere in the middle.

Obviously there is nothing inherently wrong with being rich. If God chooses to bless me greatly financially, if He chooses to bless the fruit of my labor, or if He chooses to bless because I have been a good steward of what He has provided, or whatever the case may be, I would graciously receive whatever He gives with thanksgiving. However, I believe that the seeking out of wealth, for wealth’s sake and devoting one’s whole life purpose to the accumulation of riches will prove to be problematic. ‘Money is root of all evil!’ they say. Well they are wrong. It’s the love of money that is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10 says: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. See the problem? Loving money and setting one’s heart on it is a form of greed and causes one to take their eyes off the Lord and wander away from Him. It also causes the offender to be on the receiving end of much sorrow and misery. It’s better to take the Apostle Paul’s advice (actually a command), to young Pastor Timothy. He told him, ‘Flee these things.’ (1 Timothy 6:11).

Now I read that Pastor Creflo Dollar (yes that is his real name), is asking for money to purchase a new jet for his ‘World Changers’ ministry. The old one purchased in 1999 has engine problems. The new luxury jet will cost 65 million dollars. He’s asking for 200,000 people to contribute 300 dollars apiece to meet the need. The statement from his website reads in part: ‘…we believe it is time to replace this aircraft so that our Pastors and staff can continue to safely and swiftly share the Good News of the Gospel worldwide. We need your help to continue reaching a lost and dying world for the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Awww. Just the right combination of compelling words to almost make one want to give out of duty and compassion. But here’s the problem with the statement. Aside from the phrase ‘Good News of the Gospel’ being redundant (the word gospel already means ‘good news’; it’s like saying ‘good news of the good news’), there is a much more serious problem. What exactly is the gospel that he is preaching? Creflo Dollar teaches a ‘prosperity’ gospel. It is both nefarious and unbiblical. It is a gospel laced with untruths, half truths and scripture twisted so tight it takes discernment of the highest order to weed it out. He is also a major proponent of the ‘gospel of grace’ or ‘grace revolution’, as it is touted, which states that since we’ve been forgiven, there’s no need to ever confess your sins again. Basically, though they don’t say it in so many words, I am to ignore the convicting power of the Holy Spirit if I sin, as a matter of fact, it’s not the Spirit convicting you, it’s the devil trying to make you sin conscious, because I’m already forgiven! That, my friend, is very near blasphemy; attributing the work of the Holy Ghost to the devil. Here’s what scripture has to say about those who promote false gospels which are actually no gospel at all and preach another Jesus: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16:17-18).  

That all being said, why would a truth loving child of God want to support this type of ministry or any like it that preaches and teaches the things they do? I’ve only given you the most basic tenets of what they believe; it’s all much more intricate. The Apostle Paul stated that he preached ‘Christ crucified.’ (1 Corinthians 1:23). That speaks of the Cross, and we can do no wrong by preaching the same.

But alas, Creflo Dollar will get his 65 million dollars and his new luxury jet and will probably continue spouting his pseudo-gospel. These men and women have countless followers who support their ministries and have made it possible for them to live like kings and queens. Their lavish lifestyles filled with planes, cars, houses and land are all passed off as blessings from the Lord. The jury is still out on that one. Building a ministry and lifestyle on the backs of the deceived is not my idea of being blessed.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9). Powerful words. So powerful, he had to say it twice.

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

Don’t Tickle My Ears-Tell Me The Truth!

truthliesFor the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

A smile. A scripture. A shout. Your best life is now! A smile. A scripture. A shout. You are the righteousness of God! A smile. A scripture. A shout. It is the year of your destiny! Depending on who you see, you may hear that it’s the year of plenty, or the year of power, or something else. Which year is it? Anyway, these are just a few of the more popular mantras heard nowadays from various preachers and teachers.

Look, no one wants to hear a ‘hard’ word. We could do without all the, what most call ‘negativity.’ Preaching about things like sin, judgment, and the like is not considered a good day in God’s house. Most prefer to be told that everything is alright, or how good they are and definitely how good God is. Only there is a problem. What about the difficult times? How do I deal with temptation or the more weightier issues of life? You can’t deal with these types of things with just a simple smile, a scripture (usually out of context), and a nice sounding slogan. Tell me how to deal with real life. Don’t give me candy, or sweet sounding remedies. Please, tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear!

Our scripture above from 2 Timothy says that the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. We are there. I believe that now, more than any time in history there has been an inundation of false doctrine that has entered the church. The devil knows his time is short. Anyone who is willing to step into his world of doctrinal deception will be welcomed with open arms. The verse then says that at that time they will not endure sound doctrine. Who are the ‘they’ in this verse? Believers. It says that believers will not be able to endure or bear or even put up with truth. Many believers these days are hungering for something fresh, new and different. Don’t give me the same old messages recycled. Tell me something that will excite me. Look, if the Word doesn’t excite you as it is, you’ve already fallen off. No one needs to add a little spice or sugar to it to make you feel better. The scripture goes on to say that in order to fulfill this lust for more, believers will seek out preachers and teachers who will tell them what they want to hear. The itching ears referred to here is their desire to be audibly tickled. As we said, ‘Tell me what I want to hear; make me feel good.’ What immediately happens when anyone desires to have their ears tickled? They automatically turn their ears away from the truth. They choose poison over medicine. Notice that final phrase in verse 4, ‘and shall be turned unto fables.’ If one turns away from what is true, they have only one recourse, that is to turn to lies, fables and myths.

The Apostle Peter tells us what we should be desiring. In 1 Peter 2:2 he says: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. Once again I say, don’t tickle my ears-tell me the truth! It’s what we need.

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

The Madness of the King’s Children

confusedAfter hearing it over the radio, I needed to see it for myself. The host of this Christian program said I could go online and check it out. He spoke of one Todd Bentley, an ‘evangelist’ (I use the term very loosely), down in Florida who said that the Holy Spirit had instructed him to thrust his knee into the stomach of a man suffering from colon cancer in order to remove the cancer. As you mull that over in your mind, I will tell you that when I first heard that, I was grieved in my spirit. To lie against the Spirit of God, and make him part and parcel to his own personal madness. I mean, it is madness isn’t it? I did go home and watch online this ghastly act by this ‘man of God.’ He said that when he’s dealing with Geeky Unsure Womancancer it’s necessary to drive it out and that he needed to be ‘obedient’ to the Spirit of God. This same man testifies to the fact that God instructed him to kick a woman in the face to heal a tumor in her leg. Madness. I can and will say no more about him. I’m grieved as I write.

There are many other words and acts of madness being perpetrated by men and women of God among God’s people. In most cases, they are well meaning pastors and leaders, who have the trust of their congregations. The congregation in turn buy into many of the false words and actions of their leaders. When the leader says that they ‘had a dream’, or God spoke to them ‘and He said…’, it is immediately scooped and eaten up as from the Lord, no questions asked. The thinking is, ‘After all, he or she is the man or woman of God and they know.’ Sounds plausible. But not so fast.

Case in point. I was in a service at a particular church some years back. Several individuals had come from another church with instructions that we needed to drink some concoction that someone had dreamt about in order to protect us. Protect us from what I don’t know. Was the dream from God? Do I need to drink something in order for the Lord to protect me? Am I supposed to fall in line and do this thing, just because it was spoken by reputable leaders sanctioned by the pastor? I sat and watched incredulously as the cups were passed out, and the mixture was poured. They prayed and everyone drank. Except me. I refused a cup. I was grieved. It was madness. Let me explain what I mean by madness. By madness I simply mean the crazy, ridiculous, unnecessary and in nearly all cases, unscriptural things Christians do and say and pass off as ‘of God.’

Here’s a statement I heard that perfectly fits this description of madness. I was in a bible class at another church where the teacher made a statement to this effect: He said (get ready for this) when a preacher sweats and wipes his brow, those tissues or napkins should not be thrown away because they can be used to pray for the sick. Good night! I wrote it down so I would never forget that slice of lunacy. Unfortunately, there are those who believe that if I am ‘in the Spirit’, and my sweat is transferred to you, or if I even touch you, now you have my anointing. Madness. Show me scripture. I had a woman tell me years ago that when she was in church, she would stand next to certain people so that the Spirit could ‘jump on her.’ When has the Holy Spirit ever jumped on anyone? Madness.

cropped-openbible91.jpgWhen people have another authority other than the Word of God, they will slowly slide into this madness that I speak of. When faith is placed in a dream or an experience, or I have an unhealthy trust in any person, that they cannot be wrong, there is a strong likelihood that they will falter at some point in time. No one would like to admit it but we place more faith in the man of God than in the Word of God, else how do folk wind up listening to and obeying some of the unscriptural things they spout?

I could cite several other examples of things I’ve seen and heard over the years that can be construed as madness. Suffice it to say, we need to be sure that we know in whom we have believed. We need to be sure that scripture and scripture alone is our final authority. If what you say or if what you do does not line up with it, then I am not in agreement with it. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105). Thy Word. Nothing else will do. Let’s stop the madness. 

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

The Devil’s Joy or Things Church Folk Do That Make the Devil Smile

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:26

As Christians, we have a common enemy. Scripture tells us plainly that like a roaring lion, he walks around seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8). Because of this, we need to be vigilant. He will use every tactic in his arsenal that he is allowed to use against us. He will take every opportunity that he is given to halt, slow down, and frustrate the child of God and the work of God. Christians know this, and most will agree to each of these statements. So then how is it that the enemy seems to be making such headway in today’s church? With false teaching running rampant, entertainment taking the place of the Spirit of God and leaders opting for psychology over solid biblical counseling and guidance, it is no wonder things are the way they are. It’s as if anything goes nowadays. Slap a ‘Christian’ label on it and all of a sudden it’s Christian. It doesn’t work that way. What we don’t want to ever do is play into the enemy’s hands. We ought to be doing what the devil hates. Do things that frustrate him. Resist him and he will flee…(James 4:7). We ought to be becoming educated Christians so that the enemy does not so easily deceive us. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…(2 Peter 3:18). Sometimes I think the devil just stands back, with arms folded and a big smile on his face when he sees some of the things God’s people do. Sort of a measure of joy. Now I realize that in actuality this is not the case. I know that in actuality there is war taking place in the heavenlies; yet I do believe he is happy when we veer off and do things we should not.

Some may not agree with the following list I have compiled. Some may be offended. That is not my intent, but it’s where I am and what I see. I believe the devil smiles:smile

-when Christians substitute gimmicks for the Spirit of God.

-when Christians believe that there is actually a such thing as Christian rap, rock or hip hop.

-when we go to church to be entertained, rather than to hear the Word of God.

-when Christians do nothing but dance and shout during praise and worship-then sleep when the Word goes out.

-when saints leave church ‘blessed’ because they ‘had church’-but actually leave unchanged.

-when our dance is in step with the music in the church-but our lives are not in step with the Spirit outside the church.

-when saints believe that prayer shawls are necessary and actually serve a purpose.

-when leaders continue to schedule revivals rather than seek His face for a God given, heaven sent one.

-when no altar call is given-and the unsaved remain that way.

-when false teaching goes out from the pulpit-and is embraced.

-when folk are baptized-without the benefit of being saved first.

-when we think that the louder we shout, we will scare the devil away.

-when the music gets louder and louder, the beat gets faster and faster-and the Holy Ghost moves further and further away.

-when saints believe that the Holy Ghost ‘shows up and shows out.’

-when flesh and pure emotion replace the moving of the Holy Ghost-and saints don’t even know that He has left the building.

That’s it. You’re probably wondering, ‘What has gotten into this guy’s craw?’ Not a thing. I’ve just seen so very much and heard so very much. I just want what is real. That should be what we all want. God has given us discernment. Seek the Lord and ask Him to show you truth. I don’t want a popcorn Christianity or a rollercoaster Christianity. Christianity was meant to be lived in victory. That victory is found at the foot of the cross. Christians walk around daily in bondage to some thing or another and all we do to combat it when we get to church is jump, sweat, and try to shout it out. The devil doesn’t care if you shout and jump. But if I only whisper the name of Jesus in faith, the devil will not be able to stand! None of those peripheral things will give me victory. Things like jumping, shouting, running, chanting, waving banners or flowers (that’s what I said-I’ve seen it), make us feel good and they will make you tired, but they won’t make you victorious. All of these things (except the flowers of course), may have their place in a service that is led and directed by the Spirit of God. But even then, remember that the Spirit of God is not going to go outside of the parameters of His Word to do something that you think He is saying. I must be careful to operate within the framework of scripture, because when I step outside of His Word, I am operating out of self and flesh. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.(Romans 8:8)  

The fact is that when we get away from the Word of God and the Spirit of God, things just get silly. Lord, draw me close and keep me close through the power of your cross. Amen.

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

The Real Gospel

cross10For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1 Corinthians 1:17

If I were to ask you what the gospel was, what would you say? Over the years I’ve seen a lot of what passes as the gospel, and much of it is less than a poor substitute. Well meaning and in many cases misguided Christians seeking to fulfill the Lord’s command found in Matthew 28:19 have rather given the world a weak. diluted version of this most basic and essential component of Christianity. What the world sees and accepts as the gospel, is actually another gospel. We need only go to Galatians 1:6-7 to see the seriousness of this matter. It says: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel; Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Did you catch that? The apostle Paul emphatically states that this ‘other’ gospel is not really the gospel at all. It is a perversion of it. That’s serious.   ciga10

So, what is the gospel? In order to answer this question, let’s first begin by stating what the gospel is not. The gospel is not social change. The real gospel can affect social change, but it is not social change. The gospel is not about political empowerment, or the seeking out of justice, or the righting of wrongs. It is not even the correcting of society’s ills primarily. All of these things are noble at best, and altogether necessary on some level, but they are not the engine the drives the gospel.

We must not lose sight of the bigger picture. What did Christ come to do? Did He come to empower the Jews to stand up for their rights, or get the Romans to change their policies toward those they had conquered? I think not. On the contrary, Jesus first priority was the heart of man . Take a look at Jesus own words in Luke 4:18 where He says: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…Christians who tout the banner of a social, political or justice laced gospel may refer to Jesus’ feeding of the 4,000 and 5,000 respectively as proof of Jesus concern for those in need. Speaking of the homeless someone once said to me, ‘They won’t even hear you concerning Jesus until you feed them.’ While this unfortunate fact may be true in some cases, we ought not minimize the power of the gospel. However, Jesus’ obvious love and concern for the needy is not in question. It can never be wrong to feed the hungry or clothe the naked, but Jesus wants to impart His life into the hearts and souls of people. To show this, we note an interesting passage from Mark chapter 2. Four men bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus and when they are unable to reach Him through the door, they decide to go up to the roof, and in essence remove the tiling and lower him down to Jesus. We can read what happens next in verse 5: When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. What just happened there? This man was paralyzed and Jesus for the moment overlooks it; He knew that what this man needed even more than physical healing was spiritual healing. He needed salvation. The paralyzed man first and foremost needed his sins forgiven, and when Jesus saw faith that’s what He did. He did eventually heal his body, but it was secondary. You can go to heaven with a broken body, but not with an empty soul.

As referenced in the scripture at the outset from Romans 1:16, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. It is by and through the gospel that individuals are brought into right relationship with God. The real gospel is all about the souls of men and women. This gospel is made possible through Jesus death on the cross. In fact, the gospel is the cross. A careful reading of 1 Corinthians 1:17 bears this out; For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. Did you notice the connection? This tells us in no uncertain terms that the cross of Christ should always be the emphasis of our message. The cross is the power of God because it was there that the total sin debt was paid.

The gospel we present to a lost and dying world is of utmost importance. It is salvation that people need more than anything, even if they don’t know it. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18). Preach the cross. It is the real gospel.

That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.

The Price of an Open Door

businessman in blue room with doors openAs I was riding the bus the other day, the driver came to a stop at a red light. While there he saw someone he knew and opened the doors. The individual got on, they greeted one another, and he promptly got off. While this was happening and the bus was still waiting at the red light, a woman came nearly running down the aisle of the crowded bus asking to be let off, as she thought it was her stop. The bus driver had to let her know that the open door was not her stop. Her stop was actually several blocks away. The woman obviously knew where she wanted to go, but she didn’t know where she was.
Going through life we are going to have many opportunities to do many things. This coupled with the fact that there will be many things we want to do and more importantly, things that God will call us to do. Because of this it becomes necessary that we quell the desire to run through every open door. Every open door does not mean we are to go through it. As indicated in the story of the woman on the bus, had she gone through that open door she would not have been in the place where she needed to be.
In those particular instances where the direction we need to take seems obvious to us because the way seems clear and the door looks to be wide open, it is yet crucial that we know the heart of God in the matter. Many an individual has brought misery into their life because they took a wrong turn and went through an open door because it appealed to their flesh. It looked good. It sounded good. It must be good. Therefore it must be God. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In Genesis 13 we see Lot’s predicament. Given a choice by his uncle Abram to go in whichever direction he desired, we read, ‘And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where…So Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan…’ (Genesis 13:10-11). Lot’s decision was made no doubt based on the fact that the land was fertile and well watered. Would we have done any differently? Probably not, but did he do the right thing? The answer may be debatable, except for a scripture in 2 Peter which says: ‘And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: ‘For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.’ (2 Peter 2:7-8). Lot wound up paying a terrible price for entering an open door that was set before him. When we go back to Genesis we see this same Lot, willing to send his own two daughters out to a lustful mob rather than have the mob ravage the two angels that were in his house (Genesis 19:8). The open door that led to Sodom  had taken its toll on him. For Lot it was the price of an open door.
Summing it all up, what is needed is discernment. Bible teacher John MacArthur defines it this way: ‘In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong…’ We do well by taking in all the components of a given situation, weighing it carefully, and taking it to the Lord in prayer. The difficult part is waiting to hear from Him. Do not necessarily wait for His audible voice. Though he can and most definitely does speak to His children this way, He also many times uses other people to speak, and of course His Word. His Spirit will put an impression upon your spirit, that you won’t be able to resist, and to say it bluntly, you will JUST KNOW. So let’s be mindful of open doors. It may or may not be the one you need to go through.
That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.