“Speak Lord, Your servant is listening” by Joni Ames

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“Speak Lord, Your servant is listening”
by Joni Ames
10/25/2010
 
While traveling and teaching others about prophetic ministry, the main question people usually ask is, “How can I hear God’s voice?” So many times people tell me that they cannot hear God and don’t understand how others will say they can.
 
First of all, we need to position ourselves to hear from God and then…simply listen!
 
Let’s take a look at the story of Samuel and Eli as an example. Samuel would hear his name called in the middle of the night, and thought it was Eli, but it wasn’t. It was God. Eli was a good mentor, and told Samuel to go lay down (i.e., be still and don’t talk) and that the next time that happened, he should simply speak out, “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:9)
 
So many times when God is speaking, we think we have to be talking or praying (even in tongues). People sometimes do that when I try to give them a prophetic word, and that’s very distracting. I’ll have to tell them, “Just listen” – so that even I can still hear God! Sometimes others will keep their eyes closed, even when I’m done praying and have begun to prophesy, and I’ll have to say, “Open your eyes.”
 
The bottom line truth is, if someone is talking to you and you are ALSO talking – right over top of them – you won’t hear what they are saying! – Whether it’s God or a human being! – And if you also close your eyes, you aren’t giving full attention to what’s being said.
 
Now let me bring balance to this in saying, if you are alone and waiting on the Lord while listening, it’s often valid to close your eyes so that you can catch any visions the Lord may give to you. But when He is using a person to convey a word, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open and fixed on the person God is using to speak to you, and your mouth closed! – As well as wise to record the word, so that you will be able to further hear and meditate on it later on. (I love the “voice notes” application now on most phones – it’s good to use for those “unexpected” moments when a word gets spoken over us and we don’t have a recorder with us.”)
 
To listen means, “to pay attention, to hear something with thoughtful attention, give consideration; to be alert to catch an expected sound or instruction.”
 
We are warned through the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-8, Mark 4:1-9, and Luke 8:4-8.) to be those that are good ground:
 
“And a great crowd coming together, and those in each city coming to him, he spoke by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, he who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 8:4-8)
 
We need to cry out to God to heal any callousing of our hearts, and to remove any dullness of hearing or sight, and help us to understand when and what He is speaking so that it will not be said of us:
 
“Seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: “Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; For this people’s heart has become calloused. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed. Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” (Matt. 13:13)
 
Let us not walk in the vanity of our minds and end up being “alienated from the life of God” because of ignorance or hardness and blindness in our hearts!:

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Eph. 7:17-19)
 
God can speak, and yet because of the condition of our heart or because we don’t believe that He speaks, we won’t hear Him! If we constantly second guess that we are hearing Him, then get trapped in the paralysis of analysis, we will talk ourselves right out of what God is trying to convey to us!
 
That’s also often whey God will use dreams to speak to us. Dreams can bypass our mind, will, and emotions, so that we will hear the full counsel of God, whether we want to or not! Then, of course, it’s still up to us as to whether we obey!
 
So today, if you want to hear from the Lord, spend time LISTENING to Him! Make an appointment with Him, and keep it. Shut off the cell phone, TV, and computer. Get a pad of paper and a good pen that works ready and keep both close by your side. Then, POSITION YOURSELF TO HEAR FROM GOD! Find a quiet spot, be still, and don’t talk. Then say to the Lord as Eli instructed Samuel, “Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:9)
 
Don’t second guess your ability to hear God. Write down any impressions or visions He gives to you during this time, and put the date and time on it.
 
If you will repeat this exercise, along with spending time in the Word, you will begin to see that the Lord DOES speak to you.
 
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PRAYER
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Lord, help us to learn how to listen to and hear from you, and to be fruitful ground so that what you say will take root and be productive to accomplish what You have purposed.
In Jesus name, amen.
 
– Joni Ames
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Pity Parties, Leviathan, & Harsh Words by Joni Ames

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Pity Parties, Leviathan, & Harsh Words
by Joni Ames

I had to laugh recently when I re-read what Job said to God at the height of his pity party, because it SO sounded like me at times in my life: “My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 10:1)

Years ago, you would have to squeeze anything out of me about my personal life. I grew up being taught that, “What happens in our home stays in our home.” When I went out on my own in life and began to get emotionally and spiritually healed, I realized how terribly dysfunctional all of that so called “privacy” was. Well, then I went over the edge in the opposite direction, and you couldn’t shut me up! Eventually I learned to have a greater balance in my life about such things; but every so often, would still get into a “pity party mode” and “dump” on whoever would listen.

Since then, I’ve learned that life and death truly are in the power of the tongue, and that when we pay more attention to speaking about the “bad” that is going on, it seems to get worse. It certainly makes us feel worse! It often leaves one feeling as if they have defecated or thrown up on one’s self. – Now, to bring balance, we may need to talk about and get things out, and we may need to ask for prayer. However, everything in balance! Let’s not glorify the enemy by giving greater power to what he does through paying more attention to that than we do to our God and His Power and what HE does! For Greater is HE/OUR GOD!!

There is a time and season for everything. Even for talking about things that go on in our lives. Sometimes we need prayer, and it’s good to ask for it. Other times, it’s best to keep things to ourselves until we get through to the other side so that the enemy (or “well meaning others”) can’t take hold of our words and expand on the attacks. I’ve learned that there are times when we just need to “keep quiet” until we get through the test to the testimony on the other side. – Thus avoiding the entrance of others’ opinions and word curses along the way!

Joseph learned the hard way that we can’t share everything with everyone – even our relatives. Even the good stuff! It can stir up envy, strife, and jealousy in others. Or simply twist things to sound as if we are saying something that we are not saying. – Sometimes even causing us to sound prideful or arrogant, rather than simply excited and happy.

I’m a peace lover at heart. But I recently learned some of this (the hard way) all over again through several situations. When possible, the enemy will try to separate and destroy friendships through the spirit of Leviathan, who loves to twist and distort communications through misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and miscommunication. When that happens, it seems that the more we try to “fix” things, the worse it gets.

The Bible instructs us to “bridle the tongue” (James 1:26) and even to remember that, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1)

The reason I’m talking about all three at once – Pity Parties, Leviathan, & Harsh Words – is that all three are often inter-twined. Words have power, and when someone speaks in a cruel or harsh manner, it’s usually because the Spirit of Leviathan has done a number with twisting the communication lines. That then often leads to one or more parties moving into some form of depression, and eventually wallowing in self pity. Then, presto! The enemy has done his job!

Whatever you may be going through, I encourage you to speak as positively as you can about yourself and your circumstances. By the same token, not so positive that it would by misunderstood by others as pride, bragging, or being condescending. As much as is possible, be sure that what you are saying is being heard and understood properly by the other party. Sometimes we may even need to ask them, “What did you hear me say?” or “How did what I say come through to you or make you feel?”

These are sensitive times for many people who are going through many things. In sensitive times, sensitive people react in a sensitive manner. In such cases, it’s wise to seek to walk above the circumstances and hear from the Lord how to respond rightly and righteously, rather than add fuel to the fire. – Which can end up sending us into our own downward spiral of self pity and depression.

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2)

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Dear Lord,
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)
So that I may be able to truthfully say, “All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.” (Prov. 8:8)
Amen.

– Joni Ames

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10/10/10, the Chilean Miners, and YOU! by Joni Ames

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10/10/10, the Chilean Miners, and YOU!
by Joni Ames
 
At the start of this calendar year, I researched the meaning of the numbers of this year, 2010:
 
20 = Redemption
10 = Divine order; & tithe
 
Throughout this year, the Lord has continued to remind me that it’s a time to bring things under His divine order, and that as we do, His redemption will come. (Joel 2:25) Even for those having financial difficulties. For the Word promises us that, as we return to putting God first in that area, He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing that there won’t be room enough to contain:
 
 7 …..Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’ 8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; (Malachi 3:7-11)
 
When 10/10/10 came around, recalling that the number “10” stands for “divine order,” felt that this was a time of “divine line-up” or “divine setup.” Also, 10 + 10 + 10 = 30. Thirty is the number for Divine Commissioning. It’s even when Jesus was released for His ministry. – Truly, we’ve crossed into a time when things are lined up for a divine breakthrough, release, and commissioning for many. An incident in the natural came forth to confirm what had been spoken through the Spiritual……
 
On 10/10/10, the top of the news around the world was that there was a breakthrough in drilling through to the 33 trapped miners in Chille, and they were about to be released!
 
Jer. 33:3: “Call unto me and I will answer and show you awesome things!”
 
The first name of the first miner rescued is Florencio – which means “Blooming, Flourishing, Prosperous.”
 
One message in this is that there is more than light at the end of the tunnel! We are coming OUT of the tunnel!!!
 
In that, one of the main topics regarding those being rescued is the fact that, as they are coming out of such severe darkness and into the light, it could cause blindness, if they don’t protect their eyes. This is also a spiritual reality for those who have been in severely “dark” times. We must be sure to protect ourselves from “spiritual blindness” with any new found freedom, and to use wisdom and discernment in how we react to it.
 
So, as we enter into this time of “coming out of darkness, and into His marvelous light,” let us KEEP the ground we have gained, and protect ourselves by continuing to move towards being and staying in His divine order so that the blessings may continue to flow in our lives.
 
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There were many babies born at 10:10 on 10/10/10. – How cool is that?! – Heard that one weighed 10 lbs., 10 oz., but couldn’t find a confirming article. 
 
One thing I did see is that some were born “by appointment” – on purpose, via caesarean section – on 10/10/10. – It made me think of the story of Jacob – whose mother purposely had him get the blessing, even though he wasn’t naturally in line for it. – Our God is an awesome God who (through the blood of His own Son) also shows mercy and grace upon us, and puts us in line for what we don’t deserve, just because we love Him and He loves us.
 
May God’s promises be birthed in and through each of you in this time period!
 
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We as Christians are not to be into numerology or anything like that, but we should be paying attention to what the Lord is speaking – whether through His Word, or prophetically through ANYTHING!
 
I’m sure the Lord has shown others many more through all of this, and will reveal more. But let’s also remember that the main way He speaks is though HIS WORD and to be immersed in it at all times, for it contains all we need that pertains to life and Godliness, and cuts through anything that tries to hold us back from walking in the life God has planned for us! (Jer. 29:11)
 
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Lord, we thank you for this time of breakthrough – even for the Chilean miners! What an awesome miracle! We also thank you that you are no respecter of persons, and that it is our time of breakthrough as well! From darkness into light, and from a time of the “dark night of the soul” into a time of release, divine commissioning, blooming, flourishing, and prosperity. Help us handle it rightfully and righteously. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
-Joni Ames
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