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Holy Spirit Intelligence Warrior

Written by Dave Jones

God is always speaking to us but are we able to listen and act on His command? I have two kids playing travel hockey, so for the past 22 weeks I have traveled to and from the rink, five days a week and traveled up and down the East Coast coaching hockey. This is my 10th year coaching hockey.The expense and travel is very time consuming, plus running a business and juggling employees and clients in my marketing firm is no easy task. My life is busy and I struggle to hear Gods voice in the midst of an insanely busy schedule. Did I mention I am training for the 2016 Crossfit games as well. Anyway, I know God is speaking to me everyday, and I know He has a bigger agenda for my life than I can ever image. I believe I have mission to deliver His message to the hockey community, players and families. So how do I hear His voice with all the noise, daily activities, and distractions around me?

HSI, or Holy Spirit Intelligence, is our individual ability to hear God's voice and then act on His command. Like a General in the Army we are soldiers and warriors for the Kingdom of God. Most us don’t hear an audible voice like a friend, wife or husband standing in a room next to us telling us what to do. We get a crazy dream that we can’t interpret or hear and see something on TV or internet and think? Is this a coincidence and think man that's really weird? HSI is for everyday Christians. Christians like you and me in the hockey rinks around the world who want to use our talents and gifts to glorify the Lord. So how do we hear His voice?  Understanding the process of His Holy command and acting as if its an order from the Chairman of the highest most righteous Supreme court in all the universe...Jesus Christ himself is the 1st step in the process. He is talking to us, but are we actively listening?

Active listening for His voice, takes time and discernment. Every morning, I ask God to allow me to hear His voice and act on His command. I willingly give my life and agenda to Him every morning of everyday.  If you have never acted on His voice it takes faith, confidence, and repetition. Everyday I pivot because I feel His voice telling me to talk to an individual or bless an organization financially or give some of my resources to them. HSI is for normal everyday Christians who are able to discern His voice and act on His command. Much like the FBI and CIA, or  top secret officials taking direct orders from the president of the United States, except our President is the Supreme Ruler of the universe with unlimited power over mind, body and spirit. One day, all knees will bow to the Supreme Ruler of the universe and He doesn’t have a 4 year term. He is the ruler now and forever, the alpha and omega the beginning and the end. Start hearing His voice and apply rigor to your actions steps today and become an a  warrior for the Kingdom of God. Everyday He is always attempting to talk to us, its our ability to tap into His daily messages. A HSI warrior we can hear His voice daily and act on His command. Understanding and embracing this power is where HSI begins.

Remember, we are placed in the marketplace by Christ Jesus; with God, to show His glory through our talents and abilities. Our heavenly father paid the ultimate price for our freedom and liberty. He boldly and courageously died on the Cross for our sins for every generation that will ever live on the planet that includes you, your children, and grandchildren. Glorifying Him in your everyday walk by hearing His voice. Start your day by asking to hear His voice and reorganize your time. Transform your mind, body, and spirit to become an HSI Warrior .

Workout Scripture

Does God really talk to people?
Here are few examples out of hundreds of examples in the Bible on how God spoke to His people

Gen 3:8 And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the Lord
Ex 4:21 The Lord said to Moses...
Gen 12:1  Now the Lord said to Abram...
Joshua 1:1 The Lord spoke to Joshua...
Is 8:1 Then the Lord said to me (Isaiah)...
Jer 7:1 The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord...
Jn: 5:30 I can do nothing on My own initiative, as I hear, I judge...
Acts 11:12 and the Spirit told me(Peter) to…
Rev 1:10,11 I (John) was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I hear behind me a loud voice like the sond of a trumpet, saying “Write a book what you see…
Heb 12:22,24,25  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God...and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant...See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking
Habakkuk 2:1,2 I will stand on my guard post...And will keep watch and see what He will speak to me...Then the Lord said...Record the vision….

How long does it take from step 1 to step 7?
The timetable from step 1 to step 7 maybe weeks or months and sometimes years.

How do I start?
Embrace the philosophy that God is trying to communicate with you daily. Then follow steps from 1 through 7.

Is starting hard?
Its kind of like a muscle. If you have never used the muscle before it will become atrophied. So beginning is tough but once you hear His voice and act on it, you will get more confident and trust His message to you as a direct message from Him.

Does God really talk to people?
Here are few examples out of hundreds of examples in the Bible on how God spoke to His people

Hearing a voice from God sounds weird, does the bible mention it?
John 10:27
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:16
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Acts 2: 1-4
God has always spoken through dreams and visions, and He specifically said that they would come to those upon whom the Holy Spirit is poured out

In order to see, we must look. Daniel saw a vision in his mind and said, "I was looking...I kept looking...I kept looking" (Dan. 7:2, 9, 13). As I pray, I look for Jesus, and I watch as He speaks to me, doing and saying the things that are on His heart. Many Christians will find that if they will only look, they will see. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us (Matt. 1:23). It is as simple as that. You can see Christ present with you because Christ is present with you. In fact, the vision may come so easily that you will be tempted to reject it, thinking that it is just you. But if you persist in recording these visions, your doubt will soon be overcome by faith as you recognize that the content of them could only be birthed in Almighty God

Why do I need other Christian Mentor(s)?

1 Peter 5:8
The Christian who puts Godly safeguards around him or her need never fear deception, but must be aware of the enemy who prowls like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour

Proverbs 15:22
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

How do I test before I act?
1 John 4:1
Thoughts from our own minds are progressive, with one thought leading to the next, however tangentially. Thoughts from the spirit world are spontaneous. The Hebrew word for true prophecy is naba, which literally means to bubble up, whereas false prophecy is ziyd meaning to boil up. True words from the Lord will bubble up from our innermost being; we don’t need to cook them up ourselves.

Test the Fruit
Mathew 7:15-20
What effect does what you are hearing have on your soul and your spirit? Words from the Lord will quicken your faith and increase your love, peace and joy. They will stimulate a sense of humility within you as you become more aware of Who God is and who you are.  On the other hand, any words you receive which cause you to fear or doubt, which bring you into confusion or anxiety, or which stroke your ego (especially if you hear something that is “just for you alone – no one else is worthy”) must be immediately rebuked and rejected as lies of the enemy.

Share it with Christian Mentors
Proverbs 11:14
We are members of a Body! A cord of three strands is not easily broken and God’s intention has always been for us to grow together. Nothing will increase your faith in your ability to hear from God like having it confirmed by two or three other people! Share it with your spouse, your parents, your friends, your elder, your group leader, even your grown children can be your sounding board. They don’t need to be perfect or super-spiritual; they just need to love you, be committed to being available to you, have a solid biblical orientation, and most importantly, they must also willingly and easily receive counsel. Avoid the authoritarian who insists that because of their standing in the church or with God, they no longer need to listen to others. Find two or three people and let them confirm that you are hearing from God!

Should I pray
Yes. Find a quiet place and still your mind, body, spirit, thoughts and emotions. You can’t out pray God.
Psalm 46:10
Mark 1:35
1 Chronicles 17:16
Hebrews 12:2
Galations 3:27

About the Author

Dave grew up in western Pennsylvania and spent most of his life in and out of hockey rinks around the world; playing in cities such as Ottawa, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids. His love and skill for hockey lead into a professional career in Europe playing in Luxemburg, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany.

For over 13 years, Dave has worked with NHL, NFL, Track and Field, and Crossfit athletes with their mental preparation, as well as hundreds of organizational leaders and executives around the world. He  has founded four thriving companies in the Raleigh, North Carolina community. He has a B.S in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Sports Psychology, and currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sport Psychology.

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