Have you read Exodus 26:1-36? If not, skim the verses below to get an idea of how God gave detailed details as to how He wanted His Tabernacle built.
Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether. 8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide, 9 Join five of the curtains together into one set and the other six into another set. Fold the sixth curtain double at the front of the tent. 10 Make fifty loops along the edge of the end curtain in one set and also along the edge of the end curtain in the other set. 11 Then make fifty bronze clasps and put them in the loops to fasten the tent together as a unit. 12 As for the additional length of the tent curtains, the half curtain that is left over is to hang down at the rear of the tabernacle. (NIV)
Pretty thorough would you say? After I read those instructions, I started thinking: I sure would love for the Holy Spirit to give me detailed details for my life. I know His universal plan for mankind is found in His Word; I also know He’s not going to lay out the whole floor plan of my life at once (wouldn’t want Him to); nevertheless, I want detailed directions for the step I’m currently involved in; decisions I must make now. After I had finished thinking, the Lord put this into my spirit:
“I still give detailed details; but not everyone is willing to listen and do.”
The more we listen and do—the more we hear.
Okay, I get it; not everybody wants all those details. Maybe it’s because the more they know to do, the more they’re beholden—to do. As for me, I want every detail the Holy Spirit is willing to share at this time. I will prayerfully follow them the best I can. Being a Christian, I know I’m traveling through a crazy world. I know there’s an enemy trying to entrap me and waste my time on foolishness. The way I see it, I don’t have to play the devil’s games when I have the Holy Spirit to guide me through.
We respectfully listen when we know the value of God’s instructions.
When we have a revelation of the value of divine instructions, we are willing to do whatever it takes to receive them. The enemy knows it’s in our best interest to follow God’s blueprints; that’s why he will do whatever it takes to distract our attention. Therefore, when our flesh doesn’t want to obey the Spirit’s plans, instead of us giving in, we must pray and ask God to give us the desire to do His will. As we wait for that shift in attitude, we must press through by faith until the change comes. That push signals how serious we are to do it God’s way.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Blueprints are specific; we may not understand or agree with every point, but every point has purpose. There’s no flexibility for alterations; selective hearing/disobedience not an option if we’re following the Spirit’s plans.
If you want God’s best, follow His blueprints step-by-step.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.