Whilst we were at Momentum last week we had some amazing experiences of meeting with the Holy Spirit, and I just wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.
Tim Ross spoke on God’s Unstoppable Holy Spirit, and never has that been more more true for me than last week. The Holy Spirit was moving so powerfully, meeting with people and revealing the Father’s love to us. Romans 8:14-15 says:
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.”
When we meet with the Spirit he so often reveals to us again that we’re children of a Heavenly Father, and he takes us for who we are.
We saw people set free from fear and unforgiveness and released into the Father’s love. It was a privilege to see so many people meet with the Spirit and with God, if not a little overwhelming.
Last week I experienced for myself how the spirit makes us bold with love, not matter what we may think of ourselves.
In one of the main meetings I went forward to pray for a girl who had responded to the call for prayer. When I reached her she was already praying, so I joined her praying and asking for the Holy Spirit. It was reaching the close of ministry time and nothing appeared to be happening and I wasn’t sure what to do. A lady from the staff team joined me and immediately began speaking words over her, calling things out and praying boldly. The girl was in tears and meeting afresh with the Spirit. After we’d prayed I was so glad that the girl had felt released from unforgiveness and had met with God, but I couldn’t help feeling disheartened that it wasn’t me that had been able to help her.
At the next meeting I avoided going to pray for anyone and continued to worship from further away. Then a man from the staff team asked me to pray for a woman nearby. Of course I agreed, if rather begrudgingly inside. Reaching towards her I asked for the Holy Spirit to meet with both of us. As we prayed I received a picture which I shared with her, and a sense that God knew how she was feeling. She looked at me said that both the picture and word had been things that had actually happened to her, and that God had used me to speak to her through them.
It wouldn’t have mattered whether anything had happened in that moment. It wasn’t about expecting or forcing something to happen through our prayers, but meeting with the Spirit. I’ve often struggled with whether I can hear from God well or not, and when I opened myself up to him and the Holy Spirit he spoke to me so clearly. When I met with the Spirit and listened to God I could confidently speak his love and truth over other people.
What I wanted to share from Romans and my story, is that God uses us all. We can be disheartened and look down on ourselves, but God sees our hearts and our potential. God sees what we can be.
In Acts 4:13, after Peter and John have healed a man and are sent to the Sanhedrin, it says,
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
When the spirit meets with us we have the boldness to profess Jesus Christ. Though we appear unqualified to do the work of the kingdom, what makes us qualified is that we spend time with Jesus. That’s what God sees and he calls it out in us. He sends his spirit to be with us on earth and his presence sends us out and makes us bold.