“He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him], I shall show the salvation of God Psalm 50:23 AMP
The sacrifice that honors me is a thankful heart. Obey me, and I, your God, will show my power to save. Psalm 50:23 CEV
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23 KJV
Conversation with the Holy Spirit is a living out of life designed and designated by Him for you. Just you. Yes, there is a right living outlined in scripture that conforms to the heart of God in honesty, faithfulness, sexual integrity, diligence, worship of God, generosity, prayer, devotion, study of the scripture, fellowship with believers, respect for authority, hospitality, and more. All of us should be “right living” those items that are complete when done in peace and joyfully. And there is a specific daily and moment to moment living out the still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit in our sphere of influence. He honors our conversation or way of living that respects Him and follows His leadership. It is a conversation that requires no words, but a submitted heart of obedience. It brings His power and anointing to bear on our regular living.
Romans 14:16-18 Amplified Bible 16 Therefore do not let what is a good thing for you [because of your freedom to choose] be spoken of as evil [by someone else]; 17 for the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes], but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For the one who serves Christ in this way [recognizing that food choice is secondary] is acceptable to God and is approved by men.
Salvation in Full
Salvation is a full expression of wisdom and wellbeing in body, mind, emotions, relationships, spirit, and resources. It is everything in our lives touched by the Holy Spirit to make it full of His life. His salvation is our sufficiency. He is here. He is active in our daily moments. He expresses Himself fully into our experience as we work to order our daily living alongside His design and designations.
How Do I Know His Design and Designation?
Isaiah 30:20-22 Amplified Bible 20 Though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of oppression, yet your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will [constantly] see your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. 22 And you will defile your carved images overlaid with silver, and your cast images plated with gold. You will scatter them like a bloodstained cloth, and will say to them, “Be gone!”
Now that is a graphic worth remembering. Picture having your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, always as real as if you see Him beside you and as communicative as a voice speaking instant directions to tell you what to do and where to go and with whom. And picture yourself taking all the preferences of your life and your old temptations to err and sin and rejecting them like a blood stained tampon and saying to it, “Get away from me!”
Wow! You won’t forget that one. It is real. It is the conversation of living with the Holy Spirit. He is real to you in every moment as if you see Him with your eyes. He is real to you to be heard as if His voice was audible. You are sensitive to reject temptation as violently as if you were confronted with a blood stained tampon that needed tossed away. That is a conversation, a life way, with the Holy Spirit that brings full expression of His power in your daily living. Gossip, slander, envy, strife, backbiting, sexual promiscuity, greed, lies, and more are putrid to you. Everything you do is done in love. Everything you do is to seek the best for another, both friend and enemy.
Galatians 5:13-14 Amplified Bible 13 For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the [a]sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another. 14 For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].”
How does this conversation work out?
Okay, so let’s say you are getting up in the morning to face your day. You are committed to being a Christ follower, so you have made allowance for at least 30 minutes to start your day in reading scripture and listening for His voice and direction.
You open your daily reading and a verse seems to jump off the page. There in Galatians is the challenge to “through love serve and seek the best for one another”. You stop for a moment a listen. An impression forms in your mind that you call a certain friend and check up on them. It is early. You wonder if it is too early. But the impression is strong. So you call your friend, who is also up and is frantic. They are struggling through some issues and need and ear to bend. You listen. You listen with your inner ear to the voice of the Holy Spirit. You hold back telling your friend how to fix the situation, but in earnest and open prayer take a few minutes to pray with your friend for an intervention of the Lord for wisdom and blessing in the struggle. As you hang up the phone there is a confidence that you have obeyed the Holy Spirit in a very real moment in the path of this day.
Later in the day, you are confronted by a coworker about a situation. You are shocked. You do not understand how they could be so angry. Your first thought is to jump back at them and become defensive. The quiet impression of the Holy Spirit stops you and brings back to mind the words, “the kingdom of God is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit.” You pause and listen deeply to find a way to respond with joy and peace even when your heart is demanding anger and retribution. Out of your mouth comes these words, “you really seem upset and I want to fully understand what has caused you to feel this way.” No only is your coworker dumbfounded but so are you. The Holy Spirit has given you a disarming phrase to bring peace. The two of you calm and begin to discuss the issue at hand with reasonable respect for each other.
Is this making sense? Can you see yourself living this way every day?
A Real Example
A friend stepped into my office a few minutes before lunch and wondered if I might join him. This was odd. He had never invited me to lunch before and I was a bit hurried. I had planned to work through lunch. That quiet voice said, “Go with him.”
As soon as we got in the car, he broke into tears. Work demands were overwhelming him and he felt his marriage was breaking down. We spent the lunch hour listening to him and praying over the situation. By the time we were done, he was calmed and felt he had a handle on what to do next. The Holy Spirit brought joy and peace. He also knew he could interrupt me anytime he needed and we would visit and pray.
Now that is a powerful intervention of the Holy Spirit that is an expression of ordering our conversation, way of living, to His design and designation.
Father, You Holy Spirit is here with me. It is as if I can see Him. I know He is Spirit, but I just know He is here. He is guiding. He is my Teacher. He brings me to know what to do in each moment of the day in each situation. I open my heart to hear His voice, His impressions. Teach me. Guide me. Send Your Holy Spirit to increase the love of Jesus into my world.
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