Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Ann♡
|Pic courtesy of Mikey McCall|
Reminder to Ponder:
What if it was never about just you or me?
Have we ever considered that it wasn't solely about what we desire or "need"...but more about others and WHO they need?
I think of Desmond Doss, the real life character from the movie, Hacksaw Ridge...he never prayed for GOD to protect HIM, instead HE prayed, "GOD! I can't hear YOUR voice...Please LORD, help me get one more...help me get one more." In that prayer, he alone by the power of GOD saved over 70 men on what some consider as the bloodiest battlefield of World War II while never using his weapon. To see the character of a man immovable; he was steadfast to the core of believing in this GOD WHO is righteous and just - no matter how often he was mocked, threatened, and beat for his faith in GOD; he remained true to see the value in every human being - even to the point of saving lives from the warring enemies.
Does his life sound familiar? His life reminds me of JESUS and WOW how the Spirit of Jesus operated through Desmond.
Are we upset because we haven't found people who have come alongside us?
Are we growing dissatisfied because our spouse doesn't "fulfill" our needs?
Are we angry because we see others in church or in our community being surrounded by friends, but we're all alone?
Those questions alone reveal the crying out for self - versus the crying out for someone else. Perspective must shift as we reflect on JESUS WHO is FOR US and in that we begin to ask:
Have I found someone I can come alongside and give my best to as JESUS has for me?
How can I fulfill the needs of my spouse as The Spirit of GOD has fulfilled mine?
What can I do to surround someone else and be a friend so they don't feel alone?
Truly think on these things with a grateful heart. For in doing so it causes us to make sure we never allow the "numbers game" become a game in our heads. Remember, it isn't about the number of people we know that matters; it's about each individual knowing they simply matter.
Triumphant Victorious Reminder:
"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
- John 15:13
Reflection From God's Word:
To lay one's life down is not just about physically dying for someone - but are we willing to lay down our pride for someone else, even if we feel they don't "deserve" it?
Father, in the Name of Jesus, by the power of your Holy Spirit - I am aware of YOU and YOUR greatness - YOUR power - YOUR glory. Even the heavens declare YOUR glory, and I want my declarations to cause the heavens to take notice of my awe of YOU. I surrender my life to YOU GOD by saying YES to JESUS and allowing YOUR HOLY BREATH, revealed by YOUR HOLY SPIRIT to be more moved by YOUR LOVE for others. I give you my desires and receive the GREAT EXCHANGE of YOUR DESIRES GOD. I love you with my everything so YOUR LOVE can pour over me and flood my soul so I can love myself with YOUR VAST LOVE so I am loving others with YOUR LOVE that flows through me like a rushing river. Thank YOU Father. I love you Lord. In Jesus mighty name - Amen.