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 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 

Romans 8:14 (NASB)

 
 

small voice

 

Waking up on the ground, well, mostly on the ground for the 3 inch foam mattress didn’t provide much of a barrier, I felt refreshed.  Mercifully, it was cool in the early morning and I just lay there savoring the moment. Although tin roofs are all the rage in the bush (because they last long) they produce an “oven effect” trapping the heat from the equator’s sun.   The trapped heat does not dissipate until around three A.M in the morning (unless you are fortunate enough to have a thunder shower).  Add to that the net you must sleep under to guard against malaria carrying mosquitoes and there is practically nothing you can do to cool down before the early morning hours.

 

Waking up deep in the African bush

 

 

 

After a while I stood up, fumbled for my clothes, and started my morning routine.  My first challenge was the Africa pit latrine some distance over from my hut.  I hate African Loos. No, let me amend that, “I really hate African loos.”  If there were ever a preview of hell it would have to be the bush loo (pit latrine).  One day,  I saw something moving inside as one looked down into the hole just to make sure I was not putting my posterior in mortal danger. You remember when it says that in hell the worm never dies?  Well, what was moving in the bowls of that particular loo was a mass of maggots in frenzied motion.  I thought to myself, “at least it is not a snake.”

After breakfast, which consisted of milk tea with sugar and some bread I asked everyone to come into my hut and have a seat. Frances, one of the young men, remarked at breakfast that he sure would have liked some boiled corn but alas there was none.

 

What did the Lord say?

 

We meet like this almost every morning.  We gather around in a circle and pray asking God to lead and guide us for the day.  Going around the circle we ask if anyone has a dream, vision, or word from the Lord they would care to share.  I started doing morning meetings because I realized,  from talking with different people, God speaks to us a lot.

The problem is, though, that people don’t share what God is saying to them and so the communication He makes does not achieve its full effect.  When I started having meetings in the morning and specifically asking people to share what God was saying to them I became amazed at how much communication God was giving to us through different members of our group.

I shared with the group that I wanted to go and visit a certain prophet.  I asked the group what they felt the Holy Spirit was saying about that idea.  One of the prophetess stood up and said the Lord did not want me to go that day.  This was a disappointment to me for I really wanted to see this prophet but I since I asked I submitted.  The prophetess said further that she had a dream and she should go to this particular hut on the other side of the village so she could not come with us.

 

Setting off under the direction of the Spirit

 

After I bathed and got myself together I asked some of our leaders to come with me that day.  I asked them to inquire of God which way we should go and one of them said “towards the lake.”  I felt in my spirit that was right and the others agreed also. We started off walking and thankfully it was a pleasant day.  It rains a lot by the lake and if you are not careful torrential rains can come upon you suddenly and make you quite miserable.

As we walked I asked the Holy Spirit to lead us and He would tell me which path to take when we would come to a fork in our way.  Gradually we wound our way up one hillside and down the other until we neared a curtain widow’s home .  If felt by God’s still small voice that we should stop by.

 

The widow Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth, the widow, greeted us and invited us all to come in, sit down, and make ourselves comfortable in her small hut.  As we entered her door we saw a plate of boiled corn sitting on her small table.  Elizabeth invited us to have some saying that just before we came the Lord impressed he to make some. Fellow-shipping with Elizabeth we asked how she and her three small children were doing.  Elizabeth told us times were tough and she had almost no food left but otherwise she said she was doing well in the Lord.  Upon leaving, each of us gave what money we had and thanked her for the hospitality (especially Frances!)

 

The Apostle Zakayo

 

Departing we asked once again where we should go and the Spirit again directed us again in a certain direction.  Eventually, we ended up at the home of Zakayo.  Zakayo is an apostle and one of the main leaders of the movement.  We greeted Zakayo who looked absolutely shocked.  Zakayo showed us into his home and to my surprise another one of our leaders was sitting at a small table inside.  This particular leader was from a great distance away and I thought to myself that God must have wanted us all to be together for some reason.

 

Well, look who’s here!

 

After we sat down and exchanged pleasantries, they asked me why I had come with our leadership in tow.  I said, I really didn’t know, we were just led by the Holy Spirit to come.  As we continued talking the Holy Spirit started speaking through me about love and unity among the brethren.  I spoke about trust and how that we all need to pull together in order to accomplish His will.

About then there was a knock on the door, and Morris, the only leader absent from the meeting, entered. He was visibly shaken and his hand trembled as I shook it.  I was amazed; every leader from our movement was now present at that meeting! These were people from a long way away too.  What were the odds?

I knew this gathering of our top leaders must be from the Lord and I continued speaking whatever the Holy Spirit quickened to my heart.  I finished by saying that we must keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Everyone present agreed and after more small talk we left Zakayo’s hut.

 

The prophetess returns with news

 

Later that night, at my hut, the prophetess and one of her friends finally returned from their mission.  When Ruth arrived at the hut that she had seen in her dream, a young child lay outside the doorway very sick.  No one was home either.  She and her friend laid hands on the sick boy and prayed.  God had instantly healed him.  Wow! I rejoiced and thanked her for yielding to His Spirit.  Wow, I thought, how cool was that?

Several weeks after. Morris (the last to arrive at the meeting) that Zakayo planned to split the ministry.  When we showed up they assumed someone tipped us off.  They thought we came to confront them.

God orchestrated all that down to having us arrive at the exact time everyone else arrived together.  God spoke to our brethren even though I was clueless about what was truly going on. Ultimately, Zakayo and the other leaders stayed with us because God intervened through His still small voice.

 

The power of God’s still small voice

 

I truly believe in the power of God’s still small voice.  I have seen God do amazing things though people simply listening, hearing, and obeying on time.  God avoided a potentially damaging split in our church movement through simple respect and obedience to His Spirit.  I praise His name for doing so.

In each of our lives we can hear God’s voice and do His will if we will make ourselves available. I If was stubborn and went to see the Prophet I might have missed God’s true will that day. Elizabeth and her children might have gone hungry and Zakayo might have made a decision that would have brought disunity.

 

Listen to God’s still small voice

 

The small voice I heard in my head and heart did not shout at me.  God didn’t demand I do what He was saying, but simply and gently urged me to hear and do His will. To me this is the true power of God and it is available to anyone who will listen to that small voice.  Quiet yourself in the morning and simply allow God to speak to your heart and mind.  Allow Him to program your day and direct your actions.  Give Him control of your morning and drop your other plans if it conflicts with His. Dare to believe God small voice by control of yourself to Him. God never disappoints those who listen, hear, and obey on time.
 
 

 

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