Mark 6:46 (NLT) "After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray."
If you are to recognize the voice of God, your heart faculties and mind must be still. Be sensitive to His still, small voice. God longs to speak to us and we are to pull ourselves away from the hustle and noise of life. The leading of the Holy Spirit is so sensitive, it is easily interrupted. Concentration is required, Jesus constantly withdraw to commune and hear the voice of the Father.
Psalms 62:5 (NKJV) "My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him."
Waiting upon the Lord is characterized by several things. Waiting means expecting God’s help, it implies having confidence and faith in His Word in spite of consequences. By exchanging our minds for His thoughts and we will be renewed and strengthened.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
The eagle makes its nest in accessible places. It dwells in the cliffs, flies without effort and soar without exerting and energy. It is the only bird that can look directly at the sun and not injure its eyes. God wants us to be like eagles. He wants us to wait in the accessible places and hide ourselves in Him and He will enable us to mount up and soar effortlessly above extreme trials and difficulties.
Proverbs 29:25 & 18:10 (NKJV) "The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe."
Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Run into the protection of His Name. In the name of Jesus you are victorious! If God is for you, who can be against you?
Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) "A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones."
By choice we can decide to be merry! Attitude is a choice. Whatever may befall you, you have good reason to be thankful and happy in Jesus Christ. Count your blessings, name them one by one and you will be surprised at what the LORD has done for you.
Proverbs 16:16 & 20 (NKJV) "How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he."
Understand that the LORD has great spiritual, natural and earthly wisdom available to you, so that you can become wealthy in spirit, mind and soul. Be wise! Meditate on His Word, love the LORD for He is good. Listen to His voice, heed His good advice and counsel and follow the leading of His Spirit for your life.
Proverbs 31: 10 & 20 (KJV) "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy."
The LORD'S heart is for you to follow the wonderful example of this special person, and also to become more valuable in God's Kingdom than rubies.
Proverbs 21:13 & 19:17 (NKJV) "Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard. He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given."
In Proverbs 19:17 the word “pity” implies – being fair; stooping down to show kindness; Being gracious and merciful; to help, to give to, grant aid, and pray for the poor. Try to “lend to the LORD” more often for He will surely repay you.
Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV) "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall."
1 Peter 5:5 (NKJV) "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Humility opens the heavens for God's great grace to rain down on you, which will raise you to new levels of victory over your flesh and temptation.