What happens when you ask to hear, need to hear, from the Holy Spirit . . . and he answers?
After my post “I Need to Feel the Holy Spirit Today” on Halloween, I received quite a few great and supportive comments. A couple of them struck a similar theme and started the rusty wheels of self-examination cranking inside my brain.
The esteemed Unklee said:
“There seem to be two different ways to respond to feeling like this. (1) Micael Greenholm at Holy Spirit Activism would pray and ask God to show him more clearly, as you are doing. (2) I, on the other hand, would go back over my reasons for believing, and decide whether they were still true.”
And my Aussie friend Graeme added:
“I had to stop asking God for help that was fully given to me already at the cross, I had to stare at the work of Christ day-in-day-out for months until it dawned on me – He can do no more for me than what He has already done – now it’s time for me to choose if I want to believe it.”
- Choosing what to believe.
- The reasons for believing.
- And, deciding whether or not these beliefs still hold true.
With those thoughts in mind, I decided to do some Word–and soul–searching. Over the next couple of days, here’s where the Holy Spirit led me:
John 8: 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I Am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.”
Hebrews 11: 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Psalm 37: 3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
Romans 8: 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Philippians 4: 11 . . . for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. 16 Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. 17 I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.
18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
And, this is what I hear:
The one who sent me is with me—he has not deserted me. For I do what pleases him. And, it is impossible to please God without faith. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Trust him, and he will help you. Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No! For I learn how to be content with whatever I have. I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. At the moment I have all I need—and more! And this same God who takes care of me will [continue to] supply all [my] needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to [all of] us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
. . . and Amen! For my part, I simply remember that I have all I need for today, and today is all I need. Does, “he will give you your heart’s desires” mean I have placed my faith in a prosperity-type gospel? By no means. What I believe–what I choose to believe–is that God knows my needs and he will continue to “supply” them in his own good time. Not my wants, my needs. Not my time, his time. I have all I need for today, and today is all I need.