The Holy Spirit - What or who is the Holy Spirit and what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? In my experience many Christians are a little unsure of what exactly it means to live and walk in the Spirit. They are unsure of what types of forms the Spirit can and will move in. It is a topic that many tread lightly on because they don’t want to offend others whose beliefs about the Holy Spirit are different than theirs. In other cases it is because they are not entirely sure what they believe about the Holy Spirit. Today I want to talk about what it means to live and walk in the Spirit.
A verse that I love comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and it says, “Do not quench the Spirit.” Other versions say stifle or suppress.
The Holy Spirit, which God sent us to be our comforter and helper when Jesus left, is not to be put in a box. One thing that breaks my heart is that I walk into churches and they have everything scheduled down to the minute, so much so, that they leave little to no room for the Spirit to move. It is like they have a box that the Holy Spirit can move in, but He cannot move outside of that box.
Yes, I understand there is definitely a place for order and structure, but we have become married to the structure, and forgotten that Holy Spirit is waiting to move, to speak to and through us.
When we experience this stifling of the Spirit in corporate gatherings how are we supposed to learn how to live a life lead by the Spirit daily?
Our lives can mimic the same stifling and possibly even more than in a church service because we fill our days so jam-packed with different things that even daily we forget to leave room for the Spirit to move. There may be an experience every now and then when we feel God’s presence, but then it’s gone and we gradually notice it less and less.
It is because we need to slow down. We need to pause and wait. Listen. Pray. Ask him to help you be attentive to where he is leading you that day or moment. It takes practice to tune in and be attentive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and it won’t normally be a loud voice. It’s usually soft and quiet. That is why we have to slow down and listen.
One experience I had, I was helping lead worship to my team while I was on a mission trip. Everyone was caught up in the moment and pressing deeper into worship. Some were praying for others and some singing their own song. For some reason I felt like I should go hug one of the girls on my team, so I did, and then I prayed for her and before I walked away I just said, “I love you.” Later she told me that she had been feeling down and she asked God to show his love by having someone come up to her and say that they loved her. I had no idea that she was feeling this way. It just felt like something I was supposed to do.
That’s sometimes what walking in the Spirit is like. Many times we might not even realize that what we are doing is answering someone’s prayer, but because we are attentive and desiring to walk in the Spirit, He will move through us in awesome ways.
Going up to her and hugging her didn’t seem like a big deal to me, but God was using me to strengthen her faith and show her that He hears our prayers and cares enough to send someone to answer them. I wasn’t the only one who came up to her either. She said that multiple people did, and she was just blown away by God’s love for her because of that.
So I encourage you to ask God to help you be attentive to his Spirit. Try to slow down and leave room for the Spirit to move. It could be that you are having a deep conversation with someone and you just pause a moment to listen to hear if there is something the Spirit is urging you to say. Whatever it may be, don’t be afraid to give room for the Spirit to move because you might just answer someone else’s prayers and change a life.