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Hey there, Love. I need to preface today’s Journey by saying…if you are looking for a post that will pat you on the back and encourage you to “keep on keepin’ on”, you should probably click on through to something else. This is some fully-based-in-love, fully-faith-building, fully high-challenge material and we all need to hear it, so I hope you stick around.
Still with us? Good!
This Journey theme has revolved around many different intricacies that make up our inheritance in Christ. Today, we’re turning the page to talk about our inheritance in His Kingdom.
Right here. Right now.
We know from Jesus’ own words that His Holy Spirit resides in us and has authority in our lives when we accept Christ as our Savior. With that supernatural indwelling, we know that fruits will be present…joy, patience, kindness, et al. We also know that we have the same, full Holy Spirit in us that indwelt the apostles and disciples of the New Testament.
If we believe what we say we believe, then we also expect God to show up as we live out His bold, extravagant love to those around us. Despite what we claim as true, there’s often a disconnect between that knowledge and the actual, real-world application of that inheritance of love in our daily life.
Here’s the thing: we serve a miracle-working God.
The God Who caused bread to rain out of thin air.
Who turned water to wine.
Who walked across a sea without sinking.
Who saved three men bound in a fiery furnace from even a singed hair.
Who made the lame to walk.
Who spoke life into a dead man.
But He is also a God who still works miracles today.
Right here. Right now.
Through us, His people. The same Holy Spirit that empowered the apostles and disciples to heal in the name of Jesus indwells us, you and me, today. Part of our inheritance in Christ is to be Christ to those He sends to us by loving them and boldly acting in faith when Holy Spirit leads us to do so.
Sometimes, that looks like paying for a meal anonymously, loving a friend by watching her kids so she can shower or drink a hot cup of coffee, inviting someone to services on Sunday, or sharing a word of knowledge with someone in need. And sometimes, it looks like grasping the authority He has given us by praying expectantly for someone’s healing in faith.
A few years ago, my father-in-law came to a fundraising walk-a-thon I was participating in and pulled his car up next to me. We chatted about the weather briefly, and I asked if he wanted to walk with us. He told me he couldn’t because his back was hurting too much. While he explained his pain, I felt a nudge in my spirit to pray for healing. I quickly pushed it aside, because to be perfectly transparent, HELLO. I did not want to look like an idiot if nothing happened! As we talked for a few moments more, my spirit began to feel so heavy. I knew I was supposed to pray for him, so I finally asked him if he would mind stepping out of the car. I didn’t really know what to say, but recognized that it wasn’t about me, anyway. I shakily said a quick internal prayer along the lines of, “Okay, God, it’s your show. Don’t let me get in the way,” laid my hands on his back and began to pray, commanding healing of his back in Jesus’ name.
And you know what? God wanted to heal his back, regardless of my confidence or comfort level that day.
So HE DID.
Right there. Right then.
My father-in-law’s pain completely dissipated, didn’t return, and he was totally blown away by God’s love. I was super-nervous and totally unsure of myself, but it was never about me. God definitely could have healed his back without me, but because I (eventually) listened to Holy Spirit’s leading, I was privileged to witness God’s healing power, and my faith increased exponentially!
Loves, I know.
It’s scary. It’s big. It’s out of our God-box and comfort zone, for sure. And the enemy is quick to point out just how scary and uncomfortable such a thing can be.
What if nothing happens? What will they think? What are they going to tell others about me? What if it’s just my own mind and not the Holy Spirit leading me?
What if, what if, what if?
I get it.
But what if God wants to heal that person’s arm or foot or pinkie finger to show them just how much He loves them and He wants to use US to do it? Are we willing to say no to that?
Can you imagine what this world would look like if we were willing to set aside our fear and doubts, push aside the veil the enemy casts, and just believe and act in faith?
If we never make ourselves available to Holy Spirit’s leading, what portion of our inheritance are we forsaking?
I don’t know about you, but I want to see this world absolutely wrecked by His love.
I want to see more people healed of cancer,
more broken bones restored,
more backs healed,
and more people drawn into life in the Kingdom through the love and obedience of God’s people bringing His Kingdom HERE!
Father, Your power is beyond our comprehension. We love you and long to fulfill the purpose You have for us. You said in Your word that when we ask for more of Your Holy Spirit, You will give it. We ask for more, Lord. Increase our faith. Increase our love. Help us walk in our full inheritance to bring Your Kingdom here and now. We believe You are Who You say You are!
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