To see – to behold, consider, perceive, discern
This is just one example of many both in the Old Testament and the New Testament where the Lord challenges us to see rightly and to discern accurately.
So the question asked to Jeremiah could be restated something like this:
“Jeremiah, what do you behold, consider, perceive, and discern? What are you actually seeing? Don’t just look. See. Yes you see an almond tree but do you know that it is more than your physical eyes I am engaging at this time.”
As a Christian and being prophetic, it is essential that I don’t just ‘look’ but that I look to ‘see’. I look to discern. I look to perceive what is going on beyond what I see. If I only look, I may never see. That is one prophetic lesson that I have learned and I am still learning.
When I look into situations and run with my own wisdom and understanding, I will inevitably mess up. What is revealed to me spiritually, can only be discerned and understood by the Spirit revealing its meaning into my life. In 2002, God spoke these words to me: “Go to Helsinki.” That’s all. Nothing else. No matter how hard I tried to figure it out, I could not. My response to hearing should be submission to the word, with obedience.
Yes, I should also know it is from God before I launch out in my presumptions. That’s the key. Knowing it is from God. Yes, I have made mistakes in this area but one never learns in the prophetic, or even matures unless one makes mistakes. It is what you do with these mistakes that count. But, that is another post at some future time.
But as it is written: “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NKJV)
As prophetic people and as a prophetic church, the Holy Spirit leads us into revelation, dreams, visions, tongues, interpretations of tongues and more. By the Spirit we live. In the Spirit, we move. By the Spirit, we dream and prophesy. In the Spirit, we step out in faith, in knowledge and wisdom. The Holy Spirit. My prayer. Holy Spirit, lead the way in my life, in ministry, in ME!
Holy Spirit shows me how to see when I am only looking. Holy Spirit teaches me how to be quick to listen and slow to speak so that I speak words of life and truth into situations based upon what He sees (not me) in a person’s heart, in a nation, or in any number of ways. This is my bent. I am a woman of the Spirit. For years, I have been dull in the spirit. I am alive once again. My focus is on Christ and the Holy Spirit leads me in to many encounters and experiences, all of which I love, in Christ.
2002 – God said, “Go to Helsinki.” When God leads out or shows a path by Holy Spirit, He provides the way as I step out in faith. Christianity is a sure adventure in Holy Spirit and I refuse to have it any other way. Risk is exhilarating. Life is beautiful. Christians, we need the Holy Spirit for the Kingdom is not just talk or Facebook or Twitter. He is about moving out into adventure. I take a risk by saying this, I know. Yet, is there any other way? Christianity is not meant be boring, or apathetic, or experience-less. Bring it on Holy Spirit! I love you.
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
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