Recognizing the Holy Spirit

Recognizing the Holy Spirit

This past week, I wrote a blog about tithing and one of the things I mentioned was God speaking to me about how I’ve been treating God’s money. In addition, I watched a friend who is not a Christian be part of a church experience, and I watched the Holy Spirit speak to him, he did not recognize it and the overwhelming feeling of guilt was too much for him to handle.

I have to admit, I’ve never been the best at discerning the Holy Spirit. A few months ago, Pastor Frank spoke about how to listen to the Holy Spirit because, for most, an even individual who’s been Christians for a long time, listening to the Holy Spirit requires spiritual discipline. A discipline that young Christians (young in faith) have a difficult time recognizing it. For mature Christians, quieting our soul can still be difficult because of the craziness of life.

What would happen if the overwhelming feeling that put my friend in his emotional state was recognized as the Holy Spirit? What a life-changing experience. Instead, he saw it as a sense of guilt and anxiety. In Romans 8, Paul is talking about how those who follow the law but not their spirit, will live a life according to their fleshly desires but he who lives a life in accordance with the spirit will live a life of spiritual desires.

For believers, it’s essential that we remember the importance of spiritual whitespace in our life so we can refocus on our mind on the things of God.

During a leadership conference, Juliet Funt, CEO of Whitespace was talking about the importance of quieting our soul to reflect. While Whitespace is not supposed to be prayer or meditation, she draws leaders to the importance of pausing in life to grow. For believers, it’s essential that we remember the importance of spiritual whitespace in our life so we can refocus on our mind on the things of God.

Are you like me and sometimes need to remember to slow down to recognize God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit? Share your thoughts below.

One Comment

  1. Gary Bores

    Chris, thank you for your blog. I couldn’t agree more. I believe that setting aside quiet time with God is an essential part of a Christian’s everyday life. If Jesus Himself needed it, how much more do we? And yes, just as reading scripture and prayer have their importance at this time so does listening for God’s “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12).

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