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Once we are alert to the many ways the Spirit teaches us, then we can utilize His illustrations, messages and speak from His conviction.
A piece of hair fell on my keyboard. As I was about to throw it away, I felt the root, a little thickness at the bottom of the hair. This became a lesson on life’s need to regularly bring strength into itself.
At another time my little boy came up to me while meditating. I could have allowed myself to be disturbed by his interruption, but I sensed God wanted to teach me through his question about how flowers turn into fruit. The question delightfully instructed me on how the Spirit of God works with the Truth of God to bear forth fruit. We need both. I pay more and more attention to the thoughtful statements of my children.
“Behold, God is exalted in His power;
Who is a teacher like Him?”
God’s power enables Him to use everything that He made as well as incidents occurring in our lives to teach us important matters. This makes our circumstances exciting teaching material! We need not be frustrated for illustrations but looking around in anticipation on how our Great Teacher wants to teach the lesson.
The teacher must not be so busy that he ignores those people and situations God put around him to teach and train him. He has to be reflective.
Stress steals the Spirit’s thoughts. Instead the teacher will be dependent on God as he looks about himself as to what the Spirit will teach him for the sake of others. He will be humbled because he will know that it was not him but from the Lord.
I remember once using the side effects of medicine as an illustration. Just then one of the regular attendees spoke up and shared how he had almost died that week from medicinal side effects.
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This document belongs to the Discipleship #3 Digital Library and it, along with thousands of pages of media-enriched teaching can be found there.
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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