Longing for the Spirit

As followers of Christ, we should all love to hear from Him, whether through a dream or something He speaks through the Word. I don’t know about you, but I hang on every word He says. I think of one of my favorite verses is Psalms 63:1, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,  my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”  His direction, leading for my life, and the ways he guides me to helping others is what I live for.

In this week's message, Pastor Bryon was talking about change and how to follow the lead of Holy Spirit. He said “ the Holy Spirit loves you and wants to direct your life but you have to learn to listen.” Good advice. But what happens when you hear the Holy Spirit and begin to see him move, and what He is doing or saying doesn’t fit into what you think He should be saying?

As I come into a closer walk with God, and I am in full surrender to what the Spirit wants to do in my life, I am beginning to see some wild things. The miracles of the Bible are playing out right in front of me. Demons are being cast out; men and women are having visions and prophetic dreams; people are being healed; and the deeply lost and hopeless are crying out for salvation. It’s been amazing. But it has not been without push back. You wouldn't believe who is having the hardest time handling this type of outpouring of the spirit? Other believers!  

What I am noticing is that a religious spirit rises up in some people when they see what they think are unconventional moves of the Spirit. In all reality, if you read the Bible, almost every page in the New Testament is filled with supernatural events, but because these moves of the Spirit have been void in the lives of believers for so long, they can’t wrap their minds around it...so they dismiss it. If you look at Jesus, the religious of the day were his main enemies. When he was casting out demons, they accused him of doing it by the power of Beelzebub!

Paul in 2 Timothy touches on this and gives us a warning, “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Like Pastor Bryon said, we need to pray, fast and listen, but if we are not going to do what the Holy Spirit says...what's the point? I too was guilty of this for a long time. As followers of Christ we need to stop saying this is how He moves or this is the pattern of what He does, and instead just listen and obey. From experience, some of the things He says and does are unconventional and hard to wrap our physical minds around because he operates in the Spirit, but God is not a God that can be predicted or put in a box. Just because we have not experienced something, doesn’t mean God isn’t able to do it. We can not limit God to our experiences.

If the Holy Spirit told you to sell your house, leave your church and the place you have been for over 20 years, to go on an unknown journey with Him like the Whites are doing...would you do it? I mean really...would you? Pastor Bryon and his family's leaving is a loss we will all feel, but what a challenge to us! A life truly lived for Jesus is a life of sacrifice. It is about abandoning our timeline, schedules and preconceived notions of how He should move and operate, and just letting Him wreck you. This is when you begin to see demonic bondages break, healings manifest, mountains move, and overflowing joy.

So friends, can I encourage you to be more open to Holy Spirit? Pray, fast, really listen and be open to what He says...and then do it.

by Lisa Duvall
Lisa has been attending Kingsway and serving on the prayer team since she moved to South Jersey in 2015. She is a freelance writer and former television reporter who now gets to spend her days at home with her two small children. Lisa is also passionate about the pro-life movement, volunteering with a local group called the Helpers of God's Precious Infants NJ, and freelances for pro-life online sites.
 

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