Follow the Impressions

Impressions are like a lure the Lord trolls by our life to see if we will take the bait and do something with it.

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We all receive impressions throughout the day. Some are just our mind connecting with our environment or a memory. Sometimes, it is the Lord wanting to start a conversation with us. He gets our attention by offering an impression. Writing has been a process the Lord has used to develop this form of revelation with me. You might have a different method.

When an impression comes and touches that place the old-timers call “The Knower”, I stop and capture the impression. The Knower is that place where we realize God is talking. When an impression comes and I know the Lord is wanting to get my attention, I follow that impression and begin writing. It is not like an experienced novelist who might work from an outline of a developing plotline. It is like dictation without knowing where the dictation is taking me. The initial impression is the starting point of the substance of things to come as I listen for other impressions that will follow the first keystroke.

Impressions are like a lure the Lord trolls by our life to see if we will take the bait and do something with it. The longer we walk with the Lord and learn how to respond to the impulses of His Spirit, the more tuned our Knower will become to the arrival of these Spirit-empowered impressions. This is not a flippant process like a trial-and-error method, even though it can initially appear that way. It is learning how to discern the subtle nudges of the Spirit that tell us God is speaking.

Today, give it a try. When an impression comes and you realize the Lord trying to capture your attention, do something with the impression. As you walk into its content you will discover the hidden spiritual depths the initial impression carried with it that can only be discovered by further inquiry. In that process of inquiry, greater revelation will appear to honor your obedience.


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Garris Elkins is a Kingdom Winds Contributor. He and his wife, Jan, serve the global Church through writing, speaking, and mentoring. They live in southern Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Rogue Valley. Their shared desire is to have each person learn how to hear the heart of God and become a transforming voice in their culture.