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When God speaks to you, don't look for a sign. God doesn't lead by signs. Believers are not expected to follow signs; signs are to follow believers.

God leads you by your spirit. He will speak to you in your spirit; then if a confirming sign comes by the Holy Spirit, you can receive it with joy.

There are three things the Holy Spirit did concerning Mary, the mother of Jesus, which brought God's desire into existence (see also Luke 1:26-35).

First, the Holy Spirit came upon her. Of course, the Holy Spirit dwells within you, but He can also come upon you. The only way the Holy Spirit can fully operate in your life is by your spending time with Him. You must worship Him, commune with Him, and listen to Him.

Intercession is God's hearing our voice and moving on behalf of your words. Meditation is your hearing God's voice and moving on behalf of His words.

Second, the power of the Highest will overshadow you. That is to be an uninterrupted arrangement. Psalm 91:1 instructs us to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Abiding is something that is done all day and all night.

Abiding under His influence will enable you to draw from the wisdom of God. When you make decisions, you can be confident that you are following the leadership of your heavenly Father.

Third, Mary conceived and gave birth to the Word of God. When you were born again, the Word of God was planted, or conceived, in your spirit. Much in the same manner, the Word of God was conceived in the womb of Mary. Jesus is the Word made flesh. (John 1:14)

Therefore, all the miraculous power of God resides within every believer. The problem has been that relatively few have ever given birth to or brought forth the Word that was conceived within them.

You must give birth to the Word which you have conceived. Many times the Word of God, or the seed planted, just lies dormant inside Christians. Consequently, they seldom experience the power of God in answer to their prayers.

Ephesians 3:20 gives great insight into this problem: "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us...."

Everyone knows God is able to do the miraculous. His ability is not the question. The question is, "How do you get the miraculous to happen for you?"

The scripture does not say it is according to the power in you, but it is according to the power that is alive and at work in you! Once the Word is conceived, you must keep it alive and active in you.

You may better understand this principle by taking a view of its negative counterpart. James 1:14,15 says, "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hat conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

Lust, or desire, must be conceived before sin results. This reveals the avenue which activates the spiritual laws of death in your life. Sin always puts you in a position where Satan can take advantage of you.

Once you sin, the laws of death immediately begin to move in. You lose your peace. Strife and confusion begin to operate. Sin is a destructive force, and its ultimate goal is death.

In Acts 5:4 Peter asks a question of Ananias: "Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."

Ananias had conceived sin in his heart. The desire for the adulation of men and the greed for money caused deception to be planted in his heart. Once it had been planted, or conceived, it brought forth fruit, which was death.

Many people wonder who killed Ananias and Sapphira—God or Satan. Actually, sin killed them. According to James, they were drawn away of their own lust, and sin brought forth death.

Let's view this progression referred to by James with a positive viewpoint. When the desire of God is conceived, it brings forth faith; and faith, when it is finished, brings forth life.

The life of God can flow through you and bring forth the good and perfect gifts from God, but it is your responsibility to give birth to them once they have been conceived in your heart. The life force is available.

Every need you have can be met. Every impossible situation can be solved. The answers will come as you meditate in the Word of God and allow His desires to become your desires, then give birth to them.

Source: How to Meditate God's Word by Dennis Burke.
Excerpt permission granted by Dennis Burke Ministries

Author Biography

Dennis Burke, Ph.D.
Web site: Dennis Burke Ministries
Since 1979, Dennis Burke has led multitudes of believers into the biblical principles of faith, healing, love, prosperity, and righteousness. Through the Insights: the Way to a New Life magazine, books, eBooks, CDs, and mp3 resources, Dennis has brought revelation knowledge on the truths of God's Word. He has taught Christians everywhere to know God more deeply and overcome the challenges life brings through faith in God's Word.

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