Look Who’s Talking! by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

I hurried to finish a paper for one of my classes before a lunch meeting. It was completed—or so I thought—but something prevented me from turning it in. I heard in my spirit, Wait. Look over the paper again when you get back from lunch. So as much as I wanted to check this paper of my school to-do list, I listened and reviewed my paper more thoroughly when I returned home. That’s when I found several mistakes—some of which were glaring. I thought, I am so glad I listened to that voice. I am sure the mistakes would have hurt my grade.

The question is: “Who was that voice?” Was that just me being wise? I don’t think so. I was ready to submit the paper and something stopped me. I believe it was the voice of the Holy Spirit because I regularly pray for God to give me what is needed to be successful in school, and He knew that the paper still needed tweaking.

I think the LORD is constantly speaking through His Holy Spirit but we need to tune into that frequency. It’s an impression or the small still voice that says, “Don’t say what you’re thinking” or “You need to pick up the phone and call your friend.” It’s the voice that provides a word of encouragement for someone else, using you as a conduit. You ask, “Where did those words come from?” but you obediently deliver the message.

The Holy Spirit speaks often and He guides us through life when we let Him. John 16:13 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

In a Christianity.com article on “The Ten Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Lives of Christians,” it says the Holy Spirit is: 1) A Helper who teaches and reminds; 2) Convicts the world of sin; 3) Dwells in believers and fills them; 4) Is a source of revelation, wisdom and power; 5) Guides to all truth including knowledge of what is to come; 6) Gives spiritual gifts to believers; 7) Is a Seal in the lives of believers; 8) Helps a Christian with weakness and Intercedes for them; 9) Makes believers new and gives eternal life; 10) Sanctifies and enables believers to bear good fruit.[1]

Tomorrow is Pentecost, the day where in Acts 2 the Holy Spirit filled the early believers. He’s still with us today and I want all He can offer, don’t you? Come Holy Spirit!

If you feel you are missing out on what the Spirit has to give, pray to receive the Holy Spirit. He desires to make your life fuller, and will even guide you on the smallest of details like fixing typos on a school paper.

[1] Penny Noyes, “The Ten Roles of the Holy Spirit in the Life of Christians,” https://www.christianity.com/wiki/holy-spirit/10-roles-of-the-holy-spirit-in-christian-life.html

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