Not long ago I was having a conversation with a friend. One of those scary kinds, where you get really open and honest while knowing you have different perspectives. I don’t know about you but getting vulnerable terrifies me. In the end, I guess I figure it can either go 1 of 2 ways- really good or really bad. For many reasons, I was reluctant in wanting to share. Nevertheless, I pushed through it, all the while embedding the words of Brene Brown “If I have to betray myself to maintain a relationship, then that is not a relationship worth maintaining.” Words not only true but seem to bring me so much comfort. After the conversation, came the dreaded questioning of myself. Was I too much or did I say things in a polite way? Is this going to strain the relationship?
I felt peace about what was spoken but had a inner battle with myself. This battle comes because I care about my circle of friends and always want to be making progress with those in my life. I sometimes feel misunderstood. Mostly because I’m a pretty deep and complex person. Can anyone else relate? It’s what I love and find frustrating within myself.
The Holy Spirit Speaks Truth
Anyway, on with the story. The following day, out of the blue I heard the Holy Spirit tell me how proud he is of me. At first, I was thrown a little off. Then as he began to speak truth into me, I knew I had confronted in a way that felt right. What the Holy Spirit spoke to me gave me so much clarity and confirmation. Anything the Holy Spirit speaks will line up with the word of God. That is how you know it is the truth.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it says “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us where we are wrong and teaches us to what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” The Holy Spirit will guide you to the word of God and will help you to understand the scripture. That’s the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God.
Stay True To Who You Are
My takeaway still impacts me. Always stay true to the person God has created you to be and the things he set out for you to do. We can get so bogged down with what everyone else thinks is right for us or even what we think is right for ourselves. Our pride can get in the way. Others distorted opinions of us, can get in the way. As humans we limit ourselves. In the end, we miss out on so much. We miss out on what God has for us which is so much bigger and better for us. And what we think is “bigger and better”, isn’t necessarily what God thinks is “bigger and better.”
It may seem that what “is good” may only be selfish ambition that feeds the flesh. Things like making lots of money or taking exotic trips. There is nothing wrong with making money or taking trips but when it is more important to us then having a relationship with God, it becomes an idol. God’s “bigger and better” feeds the spirit, genuinely loves people and goes beyond what this world can provide. His “bigger and better” heals supernaturally, speaks life into the spirit, challenges us to live for Christ instead of ourselves and gives us peace that goes beyond human help.
Paul when he is talking to Timothy tells him (in 2 Timothy 3:12-13) “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” Deception can run deep. This is why we need the Holy Spirt and his word! It’s what keeps us on track and living a godly, transformative life.
Our Value Is Defined By Our Creator
He knows us so well and can give us insight into areas where we may not even know are there. Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to be our guide. As it says it John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.” Not only is the Holy Spirit our guide but he also teaches us. The Holy Spirit is referred to in the book of John as “the Advocate.” In John 14:26 it says “the Holy Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” The Holy Spirt also empowers us (John 3:10), sanctifies us (Romans 15:16) and opens our spiritual eyes to see (1 Corinthians 2:10).
We Are Transformed
How remarkable! When we have given our lives over to following Jesus we receive the Holy Spirt and we are transformed. We are given access to the Holy Spirit who shows us who we are and guides us into how to live an empowered life. What a way to live: empowered, free and loved.
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