Wake Up for God’s Message

3 a.m. alarm clock

“Wake up, wake up.” Here it was again. My 3 a.m. wake up call from the Holy Spirit. I typically retire around 11:30 p.m. or midnight. While some may be annoyed at having their precious sleep interrupted and thereby, bury themselves beneath the covers, I sit up in the stillness of these 3 a.m. Holy Spirit wake up calls. I am expecting something.

‎Some may refer to 3 a.m. as the “witching hour,” though the Holy Spirit awakens me (and possibly you too) to pray for someone or to be equipped with a word.

My most recent 3 a.m. wake up call involved turning on TBN to hear a pastor teach on Proverbs 4:23. The New International Version of Proverbs 4:23 reads, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

The New Living Translation reads, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

More direct verbiage from the Good News Translation reads, “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”

Yikes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A friend has Proverbs 4:23 fixed in her email signature block. Each time I receive her emails, I see the scripture. However, I’ve never fully comprehended the impact of these words…until my recent 3 a.m. wake up call from the Holy Spirit.

The pastor shared how deeper, unsuspecting beliefs can hinder us from receiving what the Lord has for us. For example, our loving God may want to bring something amazing into my life. The idea of the blessing coming may activate underlying, unsuspecting doubts and false beliefs that reside deep within and cause me to view the opportunity as something not meant for me—whether new income, a new home, spouse, etc. These underlying beliefs suggest that God is reluctant to bless me when His nature is the very opposite: He desires to shower me with blessings! I am the apple of His eye! No good thing will He withhold from me (Psalm 84:11)!

As teenagers, mom taught my brother and me to daily “put on” our spiritual armor as described in Ephesians 6:10-17. One of those armor pieces includes the “helmet of salvation,” protecting our minds from thoughts contrary to God’s Word and His nature. Years later, I continue to put on my spiritual armor every morning. Though my mind is protected, the deeper areas of my heart were putting forth misconceptions, particularly of how God might bless me.

Listening to the pastor’s message, an awakening ignited in my spirit! I envisioned the Holy Spirit as an exceptionally skillful surgeon using a scalpel. While protecting the good stuff, I asked the Holy Spirit to remove the bad stuff—underlying misconceptions that had taken residence within me—whether verbiage or doubts I’d heard others communicate that I unknowingly adopted. I clearly saw the Holy Spirit removing these “things” from around my heart—to whittle away false beliefs that contradict His promises already established for me. Since then, I’ve been infused with a greater confidence in Christ!

It’s unknown how many times I’ve read Proverbs 4:23. But that early morning, those words became alive and life-changing for me.

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”          

I pray this message provides you the awareness and action to ask the Holy Spirit to remove, as if with a scalpel, any underlying false thoughts and beliefs that have covertly cluttered within you. Meanwhile, whether 3 a.m. or another time, “wake up” for the moments prompted by the Holy Spirit. He has a message for you.

Nicole D. Hayes is committed to serve as a vessel of compassion, instruction, love, and truth for Jesus Christ. She is the creator of Voices Against the Grain, a bold blog and online radio show designed to help audiences “advance God’s Kingdom in a ‘do your own thing’ society.” Nicole is also co-owner of Pieces of Life, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations consultancy that serves various nonprofits and small businesses. She and her brother operate with a company and personal mantra of “making our investment in people.” You may connect with Nicole on Twitter, Facebook, and at voicesagainstthegrain.com.

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