There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. (Psalm 46:4 ESV)

How essential it is to experience first the Lord in our inner spiritual lives before we try to go out and serve Him. The verse above teaches this principle through geography. Jerusalem, then and now, is one of the largest cities in the world that is not situated by a navigable body of water. It is fed instead by underground springs.

So it is with the believer – the Lord feeds us through His Spirit and through His Word. “Before God’s message can liberate other souls, the liberation must be real in you” (Oswald Chambers). Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). And also:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)

God calls us before we think of following Christ. He chooses us before we can, in response, choose Him. And He rewires our hearts that we may commune with Him. I believe every believer, if he or she will slow down and seek the Lord in humility and faith, will find Him right there.

Read His Word daily and listen to Him through the process. Expect the Spirit to speak to you. When the Spirit convicts you of sin, confess it immediately and let His forgiveness enshroud your heart. In every situation of life and ministry, take the matter to Him in prayer – especially those moments of frustration and confusion. Let Him lead you by constantly depending on Him and asking Him to be real in you first.

We should respond more out of the overflow of His work in our lives – out of the character changes He achieves in us and out of the depth of His love in us – than merely through our own logic or through a “sense of His leadership.” He does often lead us in ways that we do not understand, but more often it is through the transformation of our character. Before He leads us to go here or there or do this or do that, He transforms our hearts to love others, to worship Him in all circumstances and to be content in each and every situation.



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