Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
~ Romans 8:9 ~
To speak to a lovely lady this evening and hear the gratefulness to God that she is alive another day leads me to echo her grateful attitude...So today I rejoice in the "testimony of God" that I'm alive!
Yet wait! This grateful declaration leads me to ask myself, "But I'm alive to do what? To do what I want? What I will? What I've boastfully planned?!"
After speaking to this woman I had to ask myself the daunting question, "Do I really get it?"
Which led me to ask, "Has the monotony of everyday living in this incredible country gotten me so lukewarm that I actually think this life is about the "checklist" I've created for today? And even gone as far as deceiving myself into thinking if it doesn't go "my way" I'm being "attacked by the enemy"?!?!
Or when I 'slap' the slogan on my mediocre plans by saying, "Thank you God - You bless it and protect it."
I'm in a place of wanting to shake myself by yelling, "Come on Teresa!!! Your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world are being beheaded and horrifically tortured and killed and all you can be concerned with is your measly "checklist" and the childish offenses that have no weight in comparison to eternity?!?! Teresa!! Your complaints of what must get done and who you've struggled with - while others only wish they had "my kind of struggles" - what's going on here?"
I'm seeing the core issue - it's coming to a place where I have to ask myself, "Why am I not allowing the Holy Spirit to possess me to leave no trace of me?"
Of course I have heard of demonic possessions in which people are no longer recognized while possessed by a spirit or spirits - so where in "my world" have I allowed hindrances to not surrender and be possessed by the Holy Spirit of Almighty God? Why is this kind of Holy possession not taking place? It's not the Lord withholding from me. Why is He not allowed in my life in every realm? Would I be able to take a stand for my Jesus? Am I even able to do it now in smaller ways? Is my life revealing Him? Is it causing a shift and change so rambunctiously miraculous that the God of heaven and earth can't help but be revealed?!! When will I no longer hold back and experience a place where the onlookers curse out of amazement and knees are bowing to a Holy God as He has every person written, carved and tattooed on His heart of eternal, vast, endless love?
I must start now for the cause of Christ and for those who would rather deny themselves the right to live than ever deny Christ in word or deed.
I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful to be equipped in the small tests while the enemy is ramping up his evil hate over those who are so possessed by the Holy Spirit that the only evidence of them is their mortal bodies.
Changing perspective - how? To truly see selfish agendas as just that and setting my sights on the beautiful face of Almighty God to which selfishness can no longer exist because the very EXISTENCE of God annihilates, consumes, pulverizes and obliterates to nothingness!
With all that said, I'm triumphantly and victoriously reminded to be possessed...to be possessed by The One Who knows my name and empowers me with His grace to reveal Him!