Life is a daily classroom of teaching and instruction, if we are willing to listen and follow through. My most recent lesson was simple, profound and forever life changing. Here’s the lesson;
Don’t ignore the prompts and nudges from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not only the Comforter but the Great Teacher and Guide.
I woke up absolutely consumed with thoughts of a cousin who was currently in the intensive care unit. It was a cousin I had never been really that close to but that really didn’t matter at the moment. All that mattered was him! I had to go see him, nothing was more important.
It wasn’t a still small voice giving me an instruction. It was just an impression in my spirit—a knowing that something wasn’t quite right. I reached out to one of his children and asked, “Is your dad saved? Has he made Jesus the Lord of his life?” She said “I’m not sure.” I told her we have to make sure. Let’s make sure together!
Everything I expected upon arrival at the hospital was present the grief, the pain, the tears. His face is still in my thoughts right now as I type this. The way he held my hand when we prayed and how he wouldn’t let go. The way he said “I love you too.” It is all still very heavy on my thoughts.
Sadly he had been shown “religion” his entire life and not a “relationship” with a living, loving Father. The church had failed him but I was driven to remind him that Jesus would never ever fail him. I asked him the greatest question you could ever ask at his bed side, “Have you ever made Jesus the Lord of your life?” His answer was solid and truthful, “NO.” My response was. “Would you like to?” His answer again came solid and truthful “YES.” I asked him to pray a prayer with me and he repeated the prayer with his children and grandchildren surrounding the bed. He repeated every word strong, fully aware and fully sincere. It was in that moment that the presence of the Lord came and heaven touched earth. When we finished that prayer my cousin said something that I will never forget as long as I live he said, “We did it!” I sobbed! He said it again, “We did it.” It was almost like he knew how God had pushed me all the way to his bedside. That he was hanging on for just this moment in time so that now he could move on with complete Peace that he had made Jesus his Lord!
At 11:00 a.m. he was born again from above, translated out of Darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. Saved! Safe! Secure! Forgiven!
At 5:08 p.m. the same day he was Home in Heaven.
Since his passing I’ve been emotional, unable to focus and changed. Just changed! I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit, thankful for an open heart, thankful for a God who answers when we call, thankful for JESUS who defeated death, Hell, and the Grave.
On the way to the hospital that morning the enemy had flooded my mind with several lies. Thoughts that ran in my mind; “You’re going to minister? Your own life is a hot mess!” I could almost hear Satan’s mocking laughter. “Someone else will do it, another minister is sure to be at his bedside.” ALL LIES! NO ONE was there. And if we all had waited for our lives to be perfect we wouldn’t have a church or ministry on this planet. We are all broken and that’s the exact reason why we need JESUS!
When God whispers a name to you, when you can’t get that person off your mind and heart, RUN to that person. God has a reason for those promptings. Don’t assume someone else will help! God’s speaking to you! You’re not here to just live and die. You are here on assignment from Heaven to fulfill Gods plan. You are not a human being having a spiritual experience you’re a spiritual being having a human experience! This is not our home.
Who do you have on your heart right now? What’s God saying? Obey! God’s on the move and God wants to use you today.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8