Dear People Who Keep Company With God,
I was taken back by the words that came out of my mouth. I was sitting in my car when I said, “Holy Spirit, I love you.” The car filled with the tangible presence of the Lord and I began to sob as wave after wave of His love washed over me.
In that moment, I realized I had never spoken those words to the Holy Spirit. Sure I have said times without number, “I love the Holy Spirit,” “I love the move of the Holy Spirit,” “I love the Holy Spirit River,” or something along those lines. I tell the Father and Jesus, “I love you” all the time.
For whatever reason, I have never said directly to the Holy Spirit that I loved Him and I knew it when the words came out of my mouth. It caused me to take notice, but that is not the only thing; there was power on those words.
It was like a dam broke in my heart in that moment and it is hard to put into words, but something happened. The best way I can describe it is something was sealed and completed in my heart.
This occurred as I was thanking the Holy Spirit for getting us through all the hellish things we have walked through. I was remembering those moments when it looked as if we were getting down to nothing in our lives.
The Message Bible captures this so well.
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you (Matt. 5:3-4).”
I don’t want to live at the end of my rope. I don’t think the Lord wants that for anyone either. He desires abundant life for us, but sometimes in life we do pass through those places because it is in those places you can potentially gain something that you will not gain in any other place in life.
What I found out at the end of the rope where I felt I was losing it all – I really wasn’t. I discovered the Holy Spirit is everything. He is the Sealer who makes all the promises of God come true and is with me and in me regardless of what happens in my life (Eph. 1:13-14). He is the Revealer, enlightening my heart to know God’s purposes for my life, my truest and highest identity and His power within me (Eph. 1:17-19). He is the Lord strengthening me so Christ can live His life in my heart and experience all His love (Eph. 3:16-19). He is the Fountain from which I can continuously drink and be filled with all the wonders of heaven (Eph. 5:18). I could on and on. This is just just scratching the surface of who the Holy Spirit really is.
We may lose possessions, but we have not lost the creator of all things. We may lose revival, but we haven’t lost the God of revival. We may lose loved ones, but only temporarily and we have not lost the Comforter. He is Jehovah-Shammah. He is always with us.
Last year when everything was starting to come unraveled around us two of our spiritual fathers, both mighty prophets, Arthur Burt and Bob Jones, independently came and told us the exact same thing – “The best is in front of you!”
I believe the Father wants us to know we can go on now and be closer to Him, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He has a good plan for us, really a great one, that is full of Him. We are in a new beginning.
Many Blessings, BW