God bless you in the name of Jesus Christ through whom we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
One of the keys to walking by the spirit that I handle in that teaching series is to watch and be ready, because revelation may come at both the most likely and unlikely times and places. We may diligently orchestrate our days with activities we deem important and valuable. However, we must be ready and willing to change our agendas when God interrupts our neatly planned schedules.
As laborers together with God, we expect Him to direct our steps as He promised He would. We acknowledge Him in all our ways, and expect Him to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). We do our best to keep His Word and live the way He would want. Then, when we need further information on specific points to bring His Word and will to pass, He will give it to us. We never know when He might want to tell us something, so we always remain diligent to watch and be ready.
Revelation may come at the most likely and unlikely times and places. Of course, “likely and unlikely” are relative terms. What is likely to me may be unlikely to you, and what is unlikely to me may be likely to you. I guess if I have received revelation in one situation before, when that situation comes up again, I may be more likely to expect it than someone who has not received revelation in that situation before. The point is—we want to stay ready because we never know when it may come.
Enjoying the pleasure of God’s company facilitates hearing His voice. I know there have been times when I’m duped into thinking I must do a list of super-spiritual things in order for God to do something special, spectacular, or extraordinary in my life. I used to yearn for God to show up in a spectacular supernatural fashion. But I’ve learned that God is more likely to engage me with a still small voice rather than an earthquake, fire or other phenomena (that’s a reference to Elijah in I Kings 19:5-13). I seem to encounter God’s guidance in the most common, mundane, things I do most every day.
Of course, I find myself in good company, as do you, I’m sure. Take for example Abraham. He was sitting at his tent’s door when the Lord appeared to him (Genesis 12:1). Moses was tending sheep when the Lord spoke to him (Exodus 3:1-2). Even David was going about his day tending to his father’s flock when the Lord called him and anointed him to be king (I Samuel 16:11).
Just like the mighty men and women in the Bible, God has already ordained good works for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). He has called you by name (John 10:3), and He is working in you to will and do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; Isaiah 46:10). He takes pleasure in you (Psalms 35:27; 147:11; 149:4; Ephesians 1:5). My prayer for you today is captured in II Thessalonians 1.
I Thessalonians 1:11-12:
Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can make an impact on those around us. Look for God to guide you throughout your day. It may be at Walmart, over the neighbor’s fence, at a lunch break at work, or even when playing cards. Let’s not wait for a loud speaker blast. You can hear His still most voice anywhere and everywhere. Christianity is a lifestyle. Of course, He can be with us as we make our plans, but occasionally He may have other things for us to do. So, expect Him to interrupt your plans once in a while; He has important things for you to do as you live and move and have your being in Him.