Are You Talking to Me?

I remember it like it was yesterday. 

    I couldn’t believe my ears. During a casual conversation with a friend, she told the story of how for the last 2 months she’d been conserving the last little bit of makeup she had left because she wasn’t sure if she would be able to afford to buy more.   

Immediately, my mind flashed back two months to my morning devotions when the Holy Spirit told me to purchase the items she needed and bless her with them.   

 At the time I wondered if I really was hearing the Holy Spirit.   I questioned, “What if I’m wrong?   What if she doesn’t really need it?   Can I afford it?   Will she be insulted?”   

After a day or two, my fears and questions won the battle in my mind and I never obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit.   However, as I listened to my friend speak, conviction seized my heart and mind.  It was the Holy Spirit leading me to step out in faith and bless her, but I had disobeyed.    

    I was heartbroken. 

 The only things left to do were ask God to forgive me for my disobedience and try to rectify my actions.   

Within 24 hours, I gave my friend the makeup she needed and asked her to forgive me while telling her the whole story.   You see, in the big picture, the Holy Spirit saw her need and wanted to provide it.   More importantly, He wanted to show her that He is always aware of her needs and will always provide them.     

However, in the end, I think I’m the one that learned the biggest lesson as the Holy Spirit used this experience to teach me about the necessity of living a Spirit-led life and acting on those Spirit-led nudges.   

Since this experience in 2012,   I learned that it’s better to error on the side of obedience than worry about whether or not I am hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit and miss a God-ordained opportunity. Looking back, I’m grateful for the experience in 2012, because it wet my appetite to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice guide each step in my life.  

Most importantly, this experience gave me the bravery and the courage to step out of the proverbial boat and take the risk of following the Holy Spirit’s leading.   It taught me that even if I fall, I’d rather err on the side of obedience and faith, than play it safe and sit in the boat wondering what would have happened while the winds of the Spirit pass me by.   

It’s better to take the step of faith and…

….make the call

….send the text

….go visit the friend

….choose to forgive

….give the gift

….take the step of faith

    Whatever the Holy Spirit is nudging you to do, it’s far better to take a risk and obey than ignore His voice and regret.

    If you feel the Holy Spirit speaking to you, whether it be during this time of fasting or afterward, don’t be afraid to act on it.  

    Don’t think it’s strange or freaky to think that God is speaking to you. 

    Prayer was never meant to be a one-way conversation where we give God a laundry list of requests.   

    Prayer is supposed to be a two-way conversation where God can speak to us and we obey.   This is normal. 

    As someone who has been on both sides of the fence---having ignored the nudges of the Holy Spirit and having followed many of them---I can guarantee you that it’s better way to live. 

    God wants to do good things in your life and through your life and that’s why He’s nudging you one way or another.

    Don’t let fear or excuses or questions keep you from all that God has planned for you.  Instead, take the risk, dare to obey, and see what amazing adventures God has in store for you and the people He’ll use you to touch!  

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”  John 10:27

-Adessa Holden

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