When God begins to speak in your life it is a beautiful and amazing experience which truly cannot be explained by mere words. It is the reality that the creator of the universe, the heavens, and the earth desires to form, cultivate, and continue an intimate relationship with us.
Several years ago I began to see God in new and exciting ways. He would speak to me through the words of others, in the meaning of the scriptures, and often in songs of worship. It was very evident and clear to me when these messages would occur that they were direct communication with God through the Holy Spirit. I explain to people that I would feel a physical presence of God come about me. It is a feeling of comfort, peace, joy, and love all happening at the very same time. When you are in true communion with the Father, the things of the world fall out of focus because you are with God. Jesus says in John 10:27-28 that, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Each time the Holy Spirit would move or speak to me, I would be excited and eager to share with others how God had given me a message. Unfortunately for me, I soon realized that “others” did not hold my same sentiments. Oh, yes, they would smile and be supportive all the while thinking I had lost my mind and was only setting myself up for a big disappointment. A part of me always knew the skepticism of my fellow believers yet the Holy Spirit continued to urge me on when it came to sharing. I continue to believe to this day it is to show when God does show up and show off in my life, that is was definitely Him and that He had promised me certain blessings in advance.
Now, here’s where I get discouraged. After years of seeing God work miracles in my life I continue to face this unbelief daily. I tell fellow Christians accounts of amazing things God has done in my life. They can even see them for themselves but they still look at me funny when I come up with the next big thing I believe God is going to do. Why is that? Why don’t they join me in my excitement and enthusiasm? Why don’t they congratulate me in advance? These are the questions I find myself struggling with at this season of my journey.
I think of others from the Bible who God spoke to and how they were viewed when I begin to feel downhearted and discouraged. I think of Job. This poor guy didn’t have one person who would stand with him and believe. Then there’s good old Noah. Why on earth would anyone believe God told this man to build a giant boat because a flood was about to come and cover the earth? I also remember the girl named Mary, who said she was with child by the Holy Spirit! Who would have believed that? In fact, God knew it was so hard to believe that He even sent an angel in a dream to the man she would marry in order to convince him. And then there was a man named John who kept screaming about a Messiah who was coming. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind believe this absurd story from someone who lived in the wilderness and wore camel skin?
I know God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit constantly if we are open to listen and believe. Jesus told us in John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” How much more clear must this scripture be? The Holy Spirit was sent to comfort us, encourage us, and gives us joy by reminding us of how real and near God is. In order to teach us and comfort us the Holy Spirit must communicate with us! The Word of God tells us of all the amazing things promised to God’s people, which we are, a part of. I know I have to pray for those who think I am a little off and definitely a Jesus freak, instead of getting upset and frustrated. I also know that what matters in the end is the fact that I know it is real and that I will continue to reap the benefits of my relationship with my loving God.
By Jessica Daly | Freelance Writer | Website