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Who’s your teacher?

Driving to pick up groceries, heading into an intersection with a very green light, I heard the still small voice I have come to know as the Holy Spirit whisper:
“Shoulder check left.”

I am learning obedience happens on hearing, not on considering, and looked over my shoulder, then in the mirror, noticing the lane was completely empty. I wondered why I had been so directed.
The voice came again:
“Look right.”

Noticing the still very green light coming up ahead, I looked right and was shocked to see a blue car careening around the corner, headed at top speed into my lane.

Knowing the left lane was empty, I veered into it, pressing the accelerator to leave the blue car behind me, my heart pounding, but very much in control.

As I continued to the store, I was sobered by what almost was.
Had I not known the left lane was empty, I can’t say for sure what I would have done, but most scenarios ended with the blue car slamming into the door that Raphael’s little car seat was inside.

Since, I have been pondering how Jesus speaks about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.  I am awed and amazed at the incredible gift He is to us children of God!

He is called the teacher: The one who brings revelation of things we need to succeed in our faith and life in general.

The counsellor: The one who works through our wounds and issues and heals them together with us and gives wisdom in relationships.

The one who leads us into truth: When we are misguided, or facing deception from the world or our enemy, the Holy Spirit is the voice that speaks The Truth.

The revealer: The Holy Spirit searches the heart of the Father and reveals it to us. If we know the heart of the Father in relation to people, situations, decisions and everything else, we have a roadmap of God’s will as we go.

The comforter: He is tangible peace and strength in the toughest situations as we listen and invite His presence into it.

All of this should mean something in my life. It should set me apart just as having a master trainer in a discipline should set you leagues ahead of those who don’t.

Deepening relationship and communication with the Holy Spirit should make people wonder at our strength through trials, our wisdom in life, our understanding of others and the world around us, and the freedom and victory with which we navigate confusing and difficult issues and circumstances.  And I confess, my relationship with Him is not where I want it to be.

I am so grateful for the Spirit’s intervention that day and want to hear Him more clearly; to slay the fear that hinders me from obeying in everything.  The thing is, there are a million voices calling to us for our attention, it is I who must focus on the One voice.

Out of the Classroom, Into the Streets

Has it ever struck you, how little of what you learned in High School you remember?  For most, the information once regurgitated has largely been lost.  I am learning God has a very different teaching philosophy than we were trained by in school.  He is the greatest teacher, and He always knows how we will best learn what He wants to teach us!  It seems 99% of the time, He uses hands on learning styles.

When He is teaching us to have more faith, we can expect situations to arise that stretch our faith to the utmost.  When teaching about authority, He kindly provides opportunities for the Holy Spirit to teach with practical application! When provision… well you get the idea.

We joke about not asking for more patience because God will give us things that test and require patience, but I am learning it is not just with patience He inserts application to the lesson.

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He Himself will be with you to teach you.  You will see your teacher with your own eyes.  You will hear Him say behind you, “this is the way you should go,” whether you turn to the right or the left. (Isaiah 20-21)

Not all learning is gruelling and difficult – yes, it is in the hard times we seem to send down the deepest roots, but I have also seen God delight in having fun together; enjoying the reward of the lesson learned, teaching us as a Father does His child.

There is a method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine training where a student watches the teacher operate once, then the student performs the operation under the eye of the instructor, next the student teaches some one else to operate and the cycle continues. I can only imagine the pressure of knowing the next operation, you will be holding the scalpel, and yet, in my experience, that is often How God teaches us.

If you know God is working on a particular area, don’t be surprised, but rejoice as the circumstances come – God is providing rich ground for seeds to germinate and take hold in our souls.  If God is teaching you something, expect Him to hold out the scalpel to you and guide you through it, and then share what you are learning with some one else so they too can learn and be blessed!

What is God teaching you right now?  How has He been guiding you through it and who can you share what you are learning with?

Share it with us in the comments below if you are willing!  😀