Today’s Boot Camp message is about #6 on My Top 10 List – Integrating. This involves embracing and incorporating what the Lord reveals to you.
The “holy pause” of listening to the Lord follows your choice of submitting to Him (a daily choice!), praising Him, getting to know Him by reading the Word, and praying. The process of integrating what the Lord has then revealed to you is allowing His wisdom to inform you – your intellect, your logic, your emotions, etc – bringing about positive changes or “upgrades” in you and in your relationship with the Lord.
Scripture instructs us to test all that we hear. How do you make sure what you are hearing is from the Lord? I pray the following passage from James first and, then I check what I hear against truth I find in the Word, the Bible, and against truth about God’s character or nature, asking the Holy Spirit to instruct and confirm.
James 4:7-8a (TPT) “So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you. Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you.
I Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NLT) “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.”
Warrior, do you want to walk in wisdom and power?
Job 12:13 (NLT) “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.”
Job 28:28 (NLT) “And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.”
Do you want to expand your understanding? Do you want to pray and praise the Lord with understanding in your spirit and soul (mind, will, and emotions)? To know that you are praying in sync with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Who are always both interceding for you, is a glorious action that allows you to rest in the Lord and what He is speaking and doing. It also results in spontaneous praise accompanied by tears, holy laughter, dancing, raised hands, bowing before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, or falling prostrate before Him! In other words, it generates a heartfelt response born of love and gratitude to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And, it brings peace… the kind that passes understanding… as well as unspeakable joy.
Psalm 119:32 (NLT) “I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.”
1 Corinthians 14:15 (NLT) “… I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding…
Warrior of Christ, spend time gleaning understanding and wisdom to integrate into your very being – body, soul and spirit. A good practice is to spend a bit of time daily meditating on Proverbs, possibly reading a chapter each day of the month.
Proverbs 1:1-7 (NLT) “These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them to do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”