We have all had occasions when the Holy Spirit has shaken us deeply. For some of us, It may have been a time in church when the message just seemed to penetrate us to the heart. For others, it may have been a Bible verse which spoke so clearly to us, as to never be forgotten. Some Christians come to call these “Life Verses.” For others, it may have been during times of deep prayer, when the Lord spoke to our hearts so clearly and unmistakably that the memory of it is etched in our soul forever. Whatever the case may be, these are often crossroad times, significant emotional events, which all Christians have or certainly will experience. Just as often, these experiences are convictions in the soul and in the heart that either have or should have brought about change, much like a milestone in our spiritual growth. Unfortunately many of us never fully, completely, deeply and continually “accepted” the conviction, or what can certainly be called revelation, to the extent intended by God’s own purpose. This happens when the conviction, this revelation by the Holy Spirit, is moved from the heart, from our spirit, to our minds, which then became subject to all manner of distortions. Once in the mind, that which was received in the spirit, in communion with the Holy Spirit, is then “filtered” by all manner of mechanisms of the mind. These filters can be in the form of justifications, rationalizations, minimizations, life-experiences, strongholds, bondage, and subjected to entities of evil who would snatch away that which was sown. It occurs to me that it is vitally important to act immediately, boldly, fully and deeply when such wonderful spiritual conviction or revelation is received. If we have not, we certainly know this, and are often reminded of these times, and when we do, there is often a sense of guilt or remorse. This is rightfully so, because we have denied or grieved the Holy Spirit. It also occurs to me, we can certainly change this. When there are still deep spiritual memories associated with previous conviction, we can embrace them again, with prayer, and now do what we did not previous act upon, in repentance and obedience. We can also commit to listening to the Holy Spirit much more deeply in the future, and this time immediately saying “yes” to God in action as well as thought.
Yours in Christ,