Training Our Hearts To Be Attentive

In 1 Samuel 10 the prophet Samuel gave Saul clear direction. It is passages like this that awaken my heart to be more attentive. I want to be led by the Holy Spirit into every situation the Lord has planned for my life. Do you? How do we train our hearts? Galatians 5:16 says that when we walk in the Spirit our flesh will be denied.


I think that is our key. When our flesh rises up, we need to submit our hearts to the Holy Spirit. 1 Samuel 10:7 says, “And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do  as the occasion demands; for God is with you.” Saul was instructed what would happen. All he had to do was walk into what God had prepared.


What has the Lord prepared for us? Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “But 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.”


The only way we can walk in what is prepared is to be attentive to the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As always, Jesus is our example. John 5:19 says of Jesus, “…Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.”


Our prepared good works are beyond us. They were set into our spiritual DNA when He formed us in our mother’s womb. He alone knows what they are, the timing, and the execution. I visit this verse often as it helps me keep perspective. Ephesians 1:11 says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”


Every situation, trial, circumstance, encounter, provision, and direction in our lives brings us into the counsel of His will. Psalm 85:13 says, “Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.” Righteousness is conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will. That is what takes place in our progressive sanctification.


Isaiah 30:21 says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” Verse 18 says, “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.”


Waiting until we are instructed is the key to training our hearts to be attentive. Isaiah 64:4 says that God acts for those who wait for Him. Waiting is a trial in itself. Our flesh is impatient! Whenever we are in a waiting situation, our flesh presses to be heard. Thoughts like, ‘Do something’ may come. Our mind may take off in imaginary ways of how things might play out. That is when we say ‘no!’ to our flesh and settle our hearts to hear what the Spirit is saying to us.

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