I want to preface this blog by saying that when Michael Bleecker asked me to write a blog, the first thing that came to mind was the Holy Spirit. I am definitely not an authority on this and there are plenty of much more capable people on this staff that would have a lot more information and depth on this subject. This is just my experience and some of the things the Lord has been revealing to me.
I have some friends who were teaching their young son, Titus, about the Holy Spirit and how He wants to be with us and we can talk to Him. Titus responded by saying that the Holy Spirit could come into the living room, but not into his bedroom because I think he was a little freaked out by Him.
Honestly, I can relate to Titus for most of my life. I grew up in small town Missouri in an even smaller Southern Baptist Church. We were taught about the Holy Spirit, but only that He was a part of the Trinity and that He was in our hearts if we were believers. So, I thought the Holy Spirit was great, but kind of a little scary. What if He comes around and does something crazy? Or worse, what if He wants ME to do something crazy? I just wasn’t so sure about Him.
Looking back on my life, there are clear moments where I know the Holy Spirit was leading me and I was obedient to that leading, but when I came to The Village 6 years ago I began learning just how much He can and should be a part of my life. He’s always been there and I’ve always been aware of His presence, but just knowing some of the promises that come along with that have been extremely eye opening to me. So, here are a few simple lessons I have learned about the Holy Spirit.
First of all, if you pray to hear more from the Holy Spirit, you will hear more from Him and will begin to recognize His voice. It sounds really simple, but this has been my prayer a lot lately and I have begun to see little opportunities that weren’t obvious to me before. Subtle leadings to share Christ with a friend who doesn’t believe, encouragement to make amends for things that happened years ago and revelation of my own sin and the desire to repent of it.
Second, when you feel the Spirit leading you and are obedient to that leading, you will be changed and will begin to see that leading even more. When I see those subtle leadings and am obedient He brings more and more opportunities and I will be more and more sanctified through those opportunities.
Third, sanctification is a good and exciting thing. The more I am sanctified the more I want to be sanctified and the more I want to be sanctified, the more I ask for more of the Holy Spirit and the cycle starts all over again (2 Corinthians 3:18).
I encourage you to begin to pray to hear more from Him. Allow Him to speak to you and then act on what He asks of you. It may seem difficult or strange at first, but it is so worth it in the end. Anything that brings you into a deeper relationship with Him is worth whatever it takes to get there and the Holy Spirit is our helper in that (John 14:15-31).