The Power of the Holy Spirit
Several years ago I was desperate for more of God.
I found that I was crying out to the Father DAY and NIGHT! I was pursuing a more victorious and intimate life in Him. My heart was burning for MORE of Him at any cost.
Thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)
He met me in the middle of my pursuit, and I was baptized by the Holy Spirit on October 25th, 2014.
I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
A group of young and radical-believing believers ministered to me on that day. I explained to them my burning hunger that was stirring deep inside of me.
All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19)
They laid hands on me and prayed that I may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I have never been the same.
When Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. (Acts 19:6)
I was surrounded by my three daughters, friends, and strangers on that momentous occasion. I received actual tangible fire that day from Heaven as did many others in the room. I did not know in those moments what His fire was burning away. I gave Him access to me and in return He gave me more of Himself.
He is inviting us into a great exchange! More of Him and less of ourselves.
He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)
The spiritual abundance in my life has multiplied since that day.
I’ve witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit and I now know how tangible and real HE is for each of us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-23)
My daily life was filled with joy that external circumstances could not snuff out or impact or steal. This new measure of joy was partnered with a deep residing peace. I was different! The Holy Spirit gave me an abundance of joy that was unfamiliar to myself and my loved ones. If you ask my daughters, they were often offended by my responses to daily life during this transition because of the untouchable peace.
My children intentionally tried to trigger my anger and to test out this new version of their mom. Today we laugh about this journey!
I remember saying good-night to our eldest daughter, Abigail. Abby offered a sincere apology to myself as I stood in her doorway. She admitted to trying to bait me into arguments and battles for weeks. To her shock she couldn’t locate the trigger to my anger. She was testing out the authenticity and depths of my joy. The Lord in His kindness was working on her heart and the Holy Spirit was at work in each of us!
Little by little the walls surrounding my children’s hearts began to come down. They began to trust instead of test my renewed strength and maturity. I didn’t respond to their acts of antagonism with frustration or anger. I found an inner calmness that could not be shaken. I found my mouth singing in praise!
I was filled with joy, and that joy brought peace to our home.
Life continued to toss difficult circumstances toward my life. He didn’t promise to us an easy path, but He did promise to walk the path with us in power and victory!
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, and against the world forces of darkness of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:10-12)
I found that the joy and peace inside of me STILL outweighed the difficulties of life. I was standing firm. I found that fruit from the Holy Spirit is strong!
His presence was becoming contagious. My life was becoming a witness to my family and friends.
Three years later, I find there is a quiet wellspring of joy and peace inside of me. In situations that would often dictate worry, rage, or frustration in the flesh, Holy Spirit keeps me anchored and peaceful. Now I wait in His presence for His instruction and guidance as I praise Him and stay in His word.
Three years later, I find that there are many moments that I find myself filled with unrelenting tears of gratitude and thanksgiving! The Fruit of the Holy Spirit and his kindness has led me into a place of gratitude and thanksgiving. He has softened my heart and filled me with hope and wonder.
Holy Spirit inside of me was beginning to shake and rattle out old patterns that needed to conform to His purposes and plans. My mind has been renewed. I can stand on His word and trust in Him. ALL of HIS promises are true for TODAY, not an event for the future.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
I am a new and upgraded version of myself. Praise the Lord!
But we all…are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
To whom do I owe all of the credit? All of my gratitude and thanksgiving is owed to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
My journey caused me to ask questions about my own walk with Jesus. I began to take inventory of my life. Was I walking with Holy Spirit before October 25th, 2014? The answer was a resounding YES! The Holy Spirit had not been silent in my life or during the previous years. But, I found that He is much more powerful and available to cohabitate with us than I could fathom. I sought and searched for more of Him and He had answered me! He met me in my desperation and raised me up into His strength and promises!
Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
I began re-reading the gospels and I underlined every time the Holy Spirit was named in the scriptures. To my surprise I found many references to the baptism of Holy Spirit!
It begged the questions:
1) How had I become inoculated to the truth of His Power?
2) Why were His children not the most free people on the earth despite their circumstances?
I have been walking with Holy Spirit to a new measure for nearly three years now. He has met and filled me many times since October 25th, 2014. What He has given to me He has asked that I faithfully share and give away. He gently reminds me that His power is in me for the salvation of the world! Some areas of my life were resurrected in a moment on that day! Hallelujah!
Other areas of my life are being sanctified in perseverance with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is growing me into a mature daughter. Thank You Lord!
My story won’t look like your story, but His promises and power are equally available to each and every one of us.
The Holy Spirit is creative and will give to each of us what we need! May our adventure and wonder of the Godhead never cease. May we re-read the scripture and know that when Christ was crucified on our behalf that He died to set us free, and He sent one to be with us!
“Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” (John 20: 21-22)
He is filled with power. He is infinite. There is always more to run after!
For the Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 16:14-19)