Category Archives: Discipleship

Happy Birthday His Daily Dose!

As many of you know, Monday, March 2nd kicked off HDD’s celebration week in honoring the Lord for giving us two great years of ministry! And what could be more appropriate in praising God for His faithfulness towards us that showcasing the 2014 End-of-Year Update?

Thank you for contributing to a great year in fulfilling the Great Commission through technology whether you’ve been a reader, one of our prayer supporters, a board member, or a financial donor. We are so deeply grateful for you! To God be the glory!

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A Practical Example in Hearing God’s Voice

“So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 ESV

Yesterday, we discussed How to Effectively Hear God’s Voice in Another. However, today I’d like to share a practical example in the form of a dialogue between two believers. May your hearts be encouraged through the grace of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory!

Let’s dive right in…

May these two examples illustrate the need for extreme caution and prudence in communicating a message from the Lord. 

For the first example, simply imagine that a person approaches you with a word from the Lord. Even though this individual is known for being mature and wise in the Lord, their delivery is inappropriate. They don’t ask for permission to share the message, they present it harshly by stating something like “you better listen or else”, or they presume to know more about your life than you yourself do and appear boastful about it.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV

How should such a conversation look? In contrast to the above example, it’s always important to ask permission to share, to open in prayer, and for both parties to prayerfully surrender the message to the Lord. Here is a second example of potential dialogue between two believers that may encourage you in this area.

Melissa: Hey Jane. I hope you are doing extremely well. Recently I’ve been sitting in prayer with the Lord and going through scripture concerning a word that I believe the Lord gave me for you. Would you be open to me sharing this with you today or sometime soon?

Jane: Sure. I have time now. What do you believe God was saying to you?

Melissa: Well, before I begin, if you are okay with it. I would really love to commit this conversation to the Lord, so He alone would be glorified. Is that okay with you?

Jane: Sure. Go for it.

Melissa: “Lord Jesus, we come to You in Your name and ask that You would bless this conversation. I pray for a spirit of humility in representing Your voice by sharing the message and scripture that I believe You gave me for this person. Please cover our relationship with a spirit of unity so that it may always glorify you, and may there be no deception, pride, division, or slander, present in this conversation. May You alone guide it, and may You be glorified. We welcome You, Holy Spirit.”

“Jane, before I share, I want to make you aware that I am human just as you, and while I believe this is a word the Lord has given me for you, I ask that you would please bring this back to God. He will be faithful to confirm to you directly if this is in fact from Him, or He will thwart it. I ask your forgiveness in advance if I have misheard Him.”

“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 NIV

“Here is the word I believe the Lord wants me to share with you along with the following scriptures to draw you closer to Him……….

Jane: Thank you for sharing. I’ll take this right back to the Lord in my own personal time with Him and pray that He brings clarity and confirmation on this matter. Thank you again!

Melissa:  Thank you for allowing me to be obedient in sharing. Your openness has been most encouraging. May God alone receive the glory.

My prayer is that your hearts are encouraged by this post today. And may it draw you closer to Jesus.

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” Hebrews 1:1-2 ESV

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 ESV

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How to Effectively Hear God’s Voice in Another

“The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.” Isaiah 50:4 NASB 

Have you ever heard someone tell you that they have “A word from the Lord”?

In the past you may have been the recipient or a giver of such a word inspired by the Holy Spirit that was meant to admonish or exhort another. Today I want to encourage you by sharing what I have learned (through His grace) about effectively presenting such words in order to bring God the utmost glory. May you be further equipped to present yourself as an ambassador for Christ when sharing a message with others.

First, I’d like to review a few important prerequisites that you and I should observe in an individual providing a word from the Lord:

1. The messenger should be a God-fearing Christian. They have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s extremely wise to ensure that the person providing a word from the Lord is a believer and not a follower of mysticism, new ageism, or any other deceptive form of religion.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 ESV

2. The messenger should read, know, and believe in the Bible. The word that they are speaking should align with the Word of God. Be wary of a message from anyone who spends more time reading books by Christian authors than the Bible that God Himself has authored.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV

3. The messenger should live a life worthy of the admonishment given. When we obey God’s commands, there is no room for sin to dominate any area of our lives because Jesus occupies every space. If a person is knee deep in a particular sin and tries to provide exhortation to another in the same area of sin, it can result in confusion about the righteousness and justness of God and apathy towards that sin. For example, I would recommend being wary of any individual that gives you a word about seeking a life of sexual purity who is openly involved in sexual immorality (meaning they refuse to obey by that same admonishment). No one but this person who gives the word is glorified.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

Next, assuming that all of the above characteristics can be seen in the messenger, here is how the message can be communicated to best glorify the Lord.

1. The messenger must come from a stance of humility. They understand the word is from God and therefore make no attempt to add or remove anything from it, no matter what the associated cost may be in giving the admonishment. The messenger must keep in mind that they are merely a vessel being used by the Almighty, not because they deserve it, nor because they are His favorite (He has no favorites). Only in His great wisdom has He decided to use them, and they have obeyed (which is still by His grace).

“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8 NLT

2. The messenger must communicate the message in gentleness and in truth. Not only should the word align with Scripture, but it should be gently spoken. Beware of speaking harshly or using coercion to persuade someone to hear what you have to say. Also, beware of using force or manipulation to get the person’s attention. The messenger’s role is not to control the actions of the receiver; that is the pure right and duty of the Holy Spirit. Use extreme caution when speaking on behalf of the Lord. As His ambassador, it is a great privilege, honor, and duty to represent Him well.

“A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 ESV

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24 ESV

Join me tomorrow as we discuss two more real-life examples to demonstrate how to practically apply today’s teaching. You will not want to miss this. May your hearts be encouraged, and may God’s will be done in each of your lives. To God be the glory!

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