There are certain moments that stick out in my mind that are “WOW THAT was the Holy Spirit” moments. Moments that I can look back on and think, “the Holy Spirit was SURELY there.” I would love to share one that happened recently that continues to give me chills when I think about it.
It was the Sunday morning the 21st of June. Father’s Day. A day to celebrate the beautiful gift of fatherhood and praise God for being our gracious heavenly Father. This also happened to be the Sunday after the terrible shooting that happened at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. I sang the worship songs. Listened to the sermon. But I sat there with a little bitty nagging fear that someone could walk through the doors and perform a similar act as that guy did. Tears would sting my eyes every now and then while our pastor spoke. I couldn’t get those precious people out of my mind. I’m sure most of the congregation hung on Mark’s words like I did, wondering if he would say anything about it. Would he mention this horrific situation? How would he handle it? How would he bring light to this darkness? Then it happened. The sermon ended. The last song was sung. Mark brought it up, and he handled it with grace. He reminded us that God has His hand over His people no matter what. He reminded us that God LOVES ALL PEOPLE. And then the MOST amazing thing happened. People all over the sanctuary grabbed hands…different colors, shapes, sizes, ages. We grabbed hands and sang, “Jesus Loves the Little Children…ALL the children of the world. Red and yellow, black, and white, they are PRECIOUS in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” I’m not sure if there was a dry eye in that room.
I look at that moment and know I will remember it for the rest of my life. The HOLY SPIRIT was among us. We could feel Him. We could feel the unity and love. It was amazing. UH.MAZING.
I think a lot of times we get wrapped up in looking good to other people that we stifle the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is REAL. He is among us. He lives in us. The fact that we bear the Holy Spirit is such a gift, ladies. Wow! I would love to be a woman who lives by the Holy Spirit every single day! Wouldn’t you? I love what Romans 8:2-6 says…
“Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Isn’t that appealing? The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. We can’t continue to think we can do life on our own. We must cling to the Holy Spirit. We have to develop a lifestyle of living in the Spirit…Praying to hear His voice above the confusing noise, seeing hope out of darkness, constantly learning to rely on the Spirit. PRAY for this lifestyle. Be grounded in the Word. Let’s be women who challenge each other to live lives FILLED with the Spirit! And maybe…just maybe we’ll experience the Spirit in ways like I did in the sanctuary on June 21st.