|“He wakens me morning by morning...."|
Monday, January 23, 2012
God is One, and we must be Single-Minded with Him
(Photo, Mary Hunt c. 2012).
Dear Father in the Highest Heavens, You waken us early in the morning to hear your voice and to understand what you are saying. So, I thank you that you wake me, and I can hear you speaking instruction to me. Oh, I’m hearing the Lord talk to me! Listen....
“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV).
You say, you want us to get rid of all uncertainty and double-mindedness. Double-mindedness limits faith and productivity, the works that come from prayer. Double-mindedness steals our firm stand upon the spoken and written word of God. It immediately puts dark spirits on notice that there is an open door for temptation. We open ourselves to be led astray or to be lied to. When God instructs us, we must come into such sure agreement with God that we can act upon that word.
We obey. We say and declare what we hear from God, and we make the word our own. We become one with it. It builds our knowledge and faith in God, increased by God himself. Romans 10:17 instructs us that faith comes from hearing the word or the message. And hearing the word of God, we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth, the word of truth is revealed to us.
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith we are proclaiming”(Rom 10:8 NIV). Paul referred to Psalm 116 when he said, “I believed; therefore I have spoken” (2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV).
The word comes, we receive it. But it works its effectiveness in us when we speak it and declare it back to God, and to others. It grows in us by reason of use. We must take it up, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, both logos and rhema. The rhema word, spoken in faith, quickened, enlivened by the “electricity” of the Holy Spirit, truly generates faith and removes doubt.
In the hearing of that spoken, prophesied word, faith empowers. We know we are hearing the very word of the Lord. Our spirit witnesses to the Holy Spirit. That’s how we as the Body of Christ are able to judge any word spoken in the assembly. Does it generate faith? Does it confirm and unify? Does it unsettle and divide?
The confirming, prophesied word of the Lord produces electric faith and rejoicing that God, our Wonderful Father, has spoken personally and specifically to us. We never forget it, for we are changed by it.
– Mary Alice Hunt
Mary is a prophetess, an anointed worship organist, a concert pianist graduated cum laude from the University of Syracuse, School of Music. As her ministry, she teaches Adult GED to men of all ages as a career correctional educator. She and her husband, Bill, have raised their family of six children serving states including New York, Maine, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Florida.