“Then the Spirit of the LORD will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.” 1 Samuel 10:6
“[Jesus] holds the priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Spirit of the LORD changes people. Sometimes people say they don’t feel any different after being saved, but many times they do. I’ve heard testimonies of people who were deeply addicted to substances until they received the Spirit and suddenly had NO urge to go back to those substances ever again!
I certainly have had experiences where the Spirit of God has rushed upon me and turned me into a new creation. When I got baptized in the Spirit. (I’ve talked about that experience on here before in Made to Fly.) And I can tell you, I was definitely different after that experience! I could literally FEEL the Spirit of God inside me, leading me in the direction I should go. It felt like I had a handle in my gut that He would grab onto and pull me in the direction I needed to move. I’ll never forget the first time He pulled hard. We were shopping in Walmart and I suddenly had a STRONG urge to go down an aisle I had no logical reason to go down. I told my husband, “I really feel like we need to go this way for some reason.” When we did, we ended up running into people from church and having a delightful conversation right there in the middle of the store!
That was just the beginning! God has used the rudder of His Spirit in me EVERY day since then. He’s led me down many paths I thought I had no reason to go down only to find out I did have a reason to go down them after all. I just didn’t know it when I started down them to begin with. And each and every one of them has led me to a delightful conversation with Jesus at some or many points during the journey.
Over the years I’ve learned to follow the Spirit by following my “gut”. If my insides are spinning and churning in agitation over something, then I know its wrong – even if it seems right to my “thinker”. I’ve learned that things aren’t always as they seem. What our eyes perceive can deceive us. It says in Genesis chapter two that the forbidden fruit looked good to eat and was pleasing to the eye; yet look at the tremendous harm it brought all of humanity! Just because something looks good for us doesn’t mean that it is, or isn’t. And that’s where we’ve got to have the Holy Spirit to guide us in the way that we should go.
Jesus told us (in John 16:13) that the Holy Spirit would come and lead us into all Truth. And I pray for Him to come and do that for you today. God gave me a breath prayer that I’d like to share with you. It only takes one breath to speak this powerful prayer that can literally change who you are on the inside because it’s asking the Spirit of God to come and live inside you and guide your gut along paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Now be prepared, because you will not be given a spirit of Fear. This is a spirit of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND. (2 Timothy 1:7) And it will change you into a NEW creation. And while you may notice the effects immediately, you may not because just like a branch grafted into a new tree, while the change has been immediate, its effects are also LONG lasting. You will be immediately changed, and will continue changing for the rest of your life – it’s called growth.
Here it comes, are you ready to be made new?
“Come Holy Spirit, fill me with Your fire, I want to be more like you.”
That’s it! Simple right?
There are times when I’m just stuck and I don’t know what to do and I’ll pray that over and over and over like a broken record until my heart feels like it’s going to burst because it’s ON FIRE. And then an idea will pop into my head and it’ll be the PERFECT solution to my problem. That’s my God! 😀 Always there to lend a helping hand.
Jesus loves you. He wants to be a part of your life. He’s GOD. He knows everything there is to possibly know about everything. Isn’t that someone YOU want to have guiding your steps to success through the rat race of life?