Honestly, I had never heard of this before but I wanted it.
“What did you want?” you might ask.
Okay, here I’ll tell you.
I sat at a church in Winnipeg listening to the guest speaker who was the pastor’s mother and a pastor herself. I enjoyed her service a very much and what I took from it, changed my life. She taught that you take everything that Jesus paid for us to have, by faith.
And this is what I took by faith that night.
The pastor’s mother told of two situations she had while raising her sons and she has five of them. She told how on two occasions she stepped into her house and had instant knowledge of something one of her boys had hidden away in their room and she would know exactly where it was. This knowledge was given to her by God. She would go directly to where God showed her the item was hidden and she would remove it.
After she told both stories I said, “God I want that.” Meaning, God I want that kind of help raising my children.
And I got it. Now this is telling stories on my children but I have their permission, so it’s okay.
One day when I was with one of my daughters, I had a little video go through my head. When my daughter got into the car I commented about what I had just seen and she told me what she had just done. It was the exact same thing. The realization that God knew what happened made it so that situation never happened again. You can tell I’m being vague, I don’t want to expose anyone, but that few minutes was profound for both of us.
I had a similar thing happen when I walked through my living room one day. I heard a thought go through my head about one of the girls. My first response was “No, that didn’t happen.” But I accepted it as the truth. I was beginning to believe the voice that guided me. Later that day it was confirmed. The knowledge was meant to keep that daughter safe and it did.
This one is fun. I was out with my daughter buying skates. She had a list of four stores to go to. As I walked down the sidewalk in front of the first store a thought went through my head, “You don’t have to go any further than this.”
I said to my daughter. “Your skates are in here.”
“How do you know that?” she asked.
“God just told me.” I said.
“Okay,” she said and we went into the store.
The first thing I saw was a pair of skates that were three hundred dollars off. Those were the ones I wanted her to try on.
We took two different pairs, her size, to the chairs to try on and have baked to her ankles. One, a regular priced pair and the other, the sale priced pair. They were both good quality skates which she needed because she skated every day. She walked around in the skates and said that both pairs hurt her feet. She asked if we could go somewhere else to look. I said, “Sure but your skates are in here.”
We went to the next store. There was nothing of that quality in that store. So we went to the next store on the list. It turned out to be a second hand skate store with nothing of the quality she needed. So she said, “Should we go to the last store?”
I said, “We can but there is no reason to go there because your skates are in the first store.”
“Ok,” she said and we went back to the first store.
We picked up the skates from the counter that she’d had fitted to her ankles, and took them to the chairs. A man came around the corner and asked, “Can I help you?”
“Maybe,” I said. “My daughter has had these skates baked to her ankles but they hurt her feet.”
He said, “I know the problem. Her socks are too thick.” He tossed my daughter a very thin pair of socks and told her the benefits to them. She put on the socks and then the skates and walked around. “These feel good now.” She said. Fortunately for me she had on the skates that were on sale.
She called me the next day and told me she loved her new skates and a couple of other girls on her hockey team had the same ones.
The Holy Spirit is our guide, our councilor and our teacher and God wants to have a relationship with us through the person of the Holy Spirit. Learning how to hear Him has been so helpful to me. My desire is to hear Him more. I’m so glad I learned how to take the gifts by faith.
John 14:26(NKJV)But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
John 16:13(NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
God has also given me things for other people on occasion which has also helped them. This is called a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom and is a gift of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:7,8 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,
We take Salvation (eternal life), healing, hearing God, and everything else by faith.
For an example Ephesians 2:(NKJV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,