I spent most of this morning walking and talking with God. I have a few things on my mind, that I just can’t understand alone. Sometimes I try to just get away from my normal surroundings and really “seek” out God. I will put on worship music, and when I am feeling discouraged I will sing along. Quite often, that’s all that keeps me from being defeated by the worldly issues that go on around me on a daily basis. It’s during these seasons, that I realize I am not strong enough to deal with stress and the anxiety of life that comes with it alone.
Yes, I spend a fair amount of time studying God’s word. It’s so refreshing to read the reassuring words of Jesus to remind me that my time here, and the pain associated with it is just temporary. But quite frankly, that’s just not enough.
I need to feel God. I need to know that he is actually there.
That is the only thing that is fulfilling, reassuring and healing to me. And as followers of Jesus, if we are not pursuing that kind of relationship with the lord, we are totally missing out.
All throughout the New Testament, the writers talk about the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit. How God pours out his spirit into his disciples to supernaturally enable them to do (or handle stressful situations) that they couldn’t possibly deal with on their own. It’s that power, that keeps me sane when difficult situations arise in my daily life.
It’s not a one time thing, and it’s not just something you receive. It takes faith and a consistent relationship with Jesus that starts with salvation.
I know what you are thinking, “I’m not interested in that crazy foaming at the mouth stuff.” Relax, that’s not what it’s about at all. It’s 100% a relationship that empowers you to live by faith in all aspects of life. Check out the first move of the spirit from Acts chapter 2
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4 NLT
If we read on, we will find that this initial empowerment is what enabled the disciples to continue to do the work of Jesus, long after he had left the earth. And it will enable you to live a life more souly focused on being like Jesus.
I know, you probably think I am crazy. I use to think that too, until I experienced it for myself. Here is the bottom line. The move of the Holy Spirit in my life has completely changed who I am as a person. Just ask someone who knew me years ago.
It changed me, and it will change you too. Isn’t it time for some life change??
It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you have been through. New life starts when you commit to Jesus, then start asking him to empower you.
Now. I am not saying that once you start focusing on the power of the Holy Spirit, that bad times will no longer come. What will happen is, you will be better equipped to deal with them.
Human beings always focus on trying to fix all their problems on their own. We were never designed to do that. From the day we were born, we were in need of a savior. Someone who could take all the mistakes, pain, depression, anxiety, all of it, and make it go away.
His name is Jesus.
Wanna know more?? I would love to talk to you.
Till next week,