Isaiah 30:20-21…..”I your teacher will no longer hide myself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher and your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it” whenever you turn to the right or left.
What does it look like to be in the Holy classroom of God? I am sure it looks differently for different people but here is what it looks like for me. I might be listening to a sermon, a friend, or even a stranger when a truth gem is exposed. Its beauty begins to resonate deep within my soul and I know God has spoken. I usually journal these nuggets of gold and meditate on them for days and weeks. I find that over the course of those next days and weeks, I will hear the same truth in varying ways. God will keep instructing me and reminding me of what He has said.
Like all good teachers, an opportunity to practice the truth ALWAYS follows the instruction. What good is anything learned if you cannot use it in everyday life? So it is with God, he does not waste His words, instruction or his time. If He has been so intentional as to instruct, He has a purpose in it.
Several weeks ago I heard a message that contained more truth nuggets than I could write down. I jotted down what I could and have actively thought on what I couldn’t. Here’s the gist of what I was instructed in:
- The fear of the future is often worse than the future.
Anytime God gives the command, “Do not fear”, it is ALWAYS coupled with a why not to. For example:
Joshua 1:9 (NASB)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
When we face our fears because of the realization that the God of the Universe is beside us, then we can take steps forward in faith and courage. Personal victory has the potential to unleash corporate blessings. Consider the personal victory of David against Goliath. The outcome had actually been dictated by the giant; whoever was victorious, their nation would enslave the losers. David’s victory was applied to the entire nation of Israel! He declared that he had come in the name of the Lord; he was living in faith and gained a courageous victory!
- Do not entertain any thought reduces God or your position in Him.