In Step with the Spirit

Raise your hand if you’re a planner. Anyone out there like to be organized and know what’s going to happen next? Even if you’re more laid back and “go with the flow,” many of us don’t like surprises. Even little ones. But if we want to walk in the Spirit, we need to stay flexible. That’s where the excitement is!

Listen to His Voice

Isaiah 30:21 describes the blessing of being led by the Spirit. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’.” I love God’s direction and knowing I’m doing what He wants me to do. But sometimes we start the day with a plan–a good plan, nothing wrong with it–and then the Holy Spirit puts a person on our heart and we feel a strong urge to call him. Even if talking on the phone isn’t our favorite thing (“Can I just text him, Lord?”) we need to respond right away.

Sometimes, we lose time second-guessing and procrastinating. When we know the thought wasn’t from our own thoughts or plans, and the direction is in keeping with His Word and character, we can know it’s Him and should move forward right away.

Did I Hear That Right?

Sometimes the Holy Spirit speaks to us and what He’s asking us to do makes us say, “Was that really you, Lord?” What we really mean is, “I really hope that wasn’t You, Lord! Do I have to?” But the blessing is in obedience.

If we’re standing in line at the grocery store and we feel like we should speak to the person next to us and ask how their day is going when we wouldn’t normally do that, it’s probably the Holy Spirit. We tend to panic and worry that God is going to ask us to jump up and down and make monkey sounds. Really? He’s going to ask us to spread His love and His life. And yes, it may be a little nerve-wracking to speak up and ask someone if we can pray with her, but it’s always worth it.

Planting Seeds

I had the opportunity to make a last-minute, surprise trip to CA this week. On my second flight, I was sitting next to a lovely, professional woman. We had chatted a bit and when we were getting close to landing, I wanted to tell her how God healed me of motion sickness. I felt like the Holy Spirit was confirming that I was supposed to do that. So I told her that I used to get sick every time I flew, but that on one trip God completely healed me and it was the best miracle ever! She looked right at me and asked me what I did. Did I just pray? So I was able to tell her more about it. She said that was cool and that was it. So glad I spoke up. I was planting seeds. One plants, another waters… I Cor. 3:8. We just obey. The results are up to the Lord.

Lifestyle of the Spirit

Sometimes we get away from that lifestyle of being ready for the Holy Spirit to speak to us at any time. We forget to keep an ear open for Him to speak to us and to keep ourselves in an attitude of willingness to change our plans and to obey. But that is easy to re-align. We just need to turn our heart toward heaven and ask the Holy Spirit to work through us. We just need to be willing. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25.)

It’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve heard and obeyed the Lord and that He’s working through you to show His love to someone. Ask the Lord to give you a special person assignment today!

When was the last time you did something at the Holy Spirit’s urging?


The Last President?

We are now a week past one of the most critical presidential elections in America of all time. The response of people (whose candidate didn’t win) has been the strongest I’ve ever seen.

“We, the People” of Response

This is not the first time we’ve had a Democratic president re-elected, but it’s the first time I’ve seen people respond to an election by saying they are distressed, worried, depressed and afraid for our future. I’m not saying those fears are unfounded. However…

I think what a lot of people are feeling is a result of the fact that we are in the very last days and that we are rushing toward the book of Revelation at warp speed. My first thought when I heard the election result was, “Ok, this is it. We’re out of time. No more extensions. We are a nation under judgment.”

“We, the People” of Choice

We have to realize that as a nation, “we, the people” have chosen for our national leadership a political party who calls the murder of unborn children a choice and who supports homosexuality. Our cup of sin is full to overflowing. The judgment of God is the result and consequence of such blatant, immoral, rebellious behavior – the behavior of America – which can be seen in her entertainment industry and ever-increasing tolerance for mainstreaming full-on hedonism. How can God not bring judgment?

We have to understand that doesn’t mean He’s going to start zapping people with lightning bolts, but a nation that indulges in sin will be eaten from the inside out. Sin is a poison and it will destroy us. We may self-destruct or we may become weak enough that our enemies will attack us. Either way, America is not a world power in the book of Revelation, so something happens to cause her fall.

“We, the People” of God

But when all these things happen—as they have been predicted in the Word of God—what are we to do?

Jesus, speaking about the end of the age said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:38.)

Stand up. Lift up our heads. Jesus is coming soon. The rapture of the Church will happen shortly. We need to be ready. We need to look up and trust in our Jesus. We can rejoice that He is coming for us.

AND, we need to take this opportunity to speak up and tell people about Jesus. When people are worried about the future and they are looking for answers, they are a little more open to the possibility the God is not just a “reality for some,” but that He might be the answer they’re looking for. Indeed. God loves each one and doesn’t want to leave anyone behind. Jesus is still the only way to heaven and because of His love for us; He made sure everyone could come if they will choose Him. We need to tell them because…

We may have just elected the last President of the United States before the rapture takes place.

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