I believe the Lord wants us to learn the languages of heaven to a greater extent than we have. We've been limited in our understanding of how He speaks to us, partially because we haven't expanded our thinking to seek out all His ways of communication.
We know He speaks to us through His Word--both written and verbal--and this is an important method of communication. Through His Word we can judge all the other methods of communication.
Hebrews 4:12:The Word of God judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. We also read that He upholds all things by the Word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3). The Word of God is the primary and basic way He speaks to us. It keeps us in check. We align any other way He speaks to us with it and judge it according to His Word. His Word is powerful and truth rests in His Word. His Word is truth (John 17:17). With a solid acceptance of His Word, we move on to explore the other ways He communicates with us--the other languages.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
When you think of a baby learning a language, you know that he must first be able to physically hear the words spoken to him. This is how verbal communication,both understanding and speaking, begins. He must first be able to hear. However, a baby may repeat what you say before he understands what it means. We don't want to settle for that--just repeating what we hear from the Lord. We want to understand it and absorb it into our spirit so when we speak it comes from our heart. We receive His communication as the input, and we want the output to be from our heart which is incorporated with His heart.
This is true for written communication too. We don't want to read His Word and not understand it. We don't want to just re-write or copy what we read without it having gone into our hearts and taken root. We see in the Bible where they were told to eat the book, or scroll (Ezekiel 3:1, Revelation 10:9-10).
God's Word needs to become a part of us internally. We want the output--what we speak, what we do, and what our presence carries--to be a creative expression of the Spirit of God and our spirit being one, not just a regurgitation of what He is communicating with us. When God gets through to us in whatever language He is using to communicate, and we receive it in our heart, then our "output" expressions will be the result of our spirit mingled with His and it will be good, It will bring life and truth around us.
This is why He wants us to learn the many languages of heaven. Many have been limited to thinking He only communicates to us through the Word. But there are other personal, local ways He speaks to us. We have got to learn these languages. How is He speaking to us here in Waterford? We thank Him for the written and spoken Word, but there is more we must understand.
Beyond using words, He will speak to us in images, pictures, dreams. Dreams or visions may have pictures, non-verbal sounds, and/or experiences. These are all ways He communicates with us--dreams, visions, images, non-verbal sounds (like trains, wind, music etc). We have to have proper understanding of those pictures and sounds. We have to properly interpret and understand those images and sounds just like we need to properly understand His written and spoken communications.
However, I think there is another way He desires to communicate with His people that we need to understand to a much greater degree than we have. That is through His presence. He communicates to us through His presence alone. Have you ever noticed that if you sit with someone you have a close bond with, you can share a moment with them without anyone speaking? There is a bonding, a communication going on just by being in each other's presence. It's the same way in God's presence. There is communication going on when we are in His presence and open our heart to His communication. It may be an impartation, a revelation, or a degree of understanding we can't experience any other way. Its not seen, or heard, its felt. And our understanding of it will grow from that moment on.
So at times we might see--either physically or spiritually, and we may hear--physically or spiritually--but we also may feel something in His presence that is a powerful touch from Him. We need to become more aware of this "presence" communication. Communication through His presence. We need to know what it means.
When we are in His presence, we don't always have to prophesy, give a verbal interpretation of what's going on, share what we see etc. Although all those things are good and have a very important part of what we do. But sometimes we just need to sit in His presence. He may do things, things may occur, that can't happen any other way (Romans 1:11).
As congregations, families, or any other small groups we need to learn to just sit in His presence and be aware of Him. We need to learn to receive from whatever He's doing, inputting into us. Your mind will object. It will want a word or picture, but sometimes it won't happen. We are missing out if we do not receive this communication of His presence.
Luke 5:17 talks about when the power of the Lord was present to heal. When He is present, His power is present. When He's there, He's there in all of his fullness. Where two or three are gathered in His name, He is in the midst. (Matthew 18:20). We need to be aware of His presence when we gather in His name, and receive the communication He brings. There is something going on when we are in His presence. When we get this we'll have a greater grasp and understanding of who He is and all the other forms of communication will become more clear as well. The words, images, sounds etc. will become more clear to us and our expression of them will be more accurate, truthful, and powerful.
Father God, we pay that You do this in Waterford, Oakland County, southeastern Michigan, and beyond. That You help Your people understand and get this presence communication so we better understand the languages of heaven. So we learn Your languages. So we learn all of the ways You are speaking to us. We thank You for Your word, both written and spoken. We thank You for prophetic words, for pictures, images, symbolism, and sounds that are non verbal. We love all the ways You speak to us. We want these forms of communication and more of it. More understanding of them. We want our hearts to be absorbed with Yours so when we speak, create, act, or output in any way, it is in alignment with You and Your heart. We want to understand Your communications to us--Your revelations to us through Your beautiful presence. We ask for it, seek it, and cry out for it. Give us this presence communication. Teach us how to communicate with You this way. We ask it for us and for unbelievers. That the unbelievers develop an awareness of Your presence. That they seek it out and ask what it is they are feeling, and that You answer their prayer. That Your people will be able to answer them and teach them because they will be experienced in it first. We need to understand it ourselves so we can explain it to those who ask us about it--about what they are feeling--Your drawing by your Spirit.
Wake up Your church to all of the ways You communicate with her. We press in to learn the languages of heaven. We desire this, and we press in and seek a better understanding of Your communications to us. There are other ways You speak to us and we want to know those too--through nature or creation etc.--so we can have a greater grasp of who You are, absorb that into our spirit, align ourselves with You, and express ourselves in a life-giving way. Thank you for your presence. You are so good to us.