In the last week I have had a couple of opportunities to really act snarky! The first opportunity was during a conversation with my youngest son while he was visiting us for Christmas. He became quite agitated during a conversation and his response took me quite by surprise. I was actually shocked at the intensity and how quickly he went from zero to sixty. However, I kept my composer. That is a true blessing right there. I did not overreact and I did not allow the difficult situation to escalate because the Holy Spirit kept me from making a big mistake by saying something I would have regretted.
The second incident happened last night while leaving my subdivision. The street that is the main entrance to the neighborhood has a stop sign, but my street does not. It is a big problem because residents and guests seem to ignore it often. We do not have tons of traffic on my street but the stop sign should be observed. One of the residents who lives on the west end of the street chose not to come to a stop while I was approaching to make a left out of the neighborhood. I had to stop suddenly and honk my horn to warn her that she would hit me. Well, she just blew right through. I was really irritated. I wanted to go talk to her so bad and show her the error of her ways. Guess what? I did not do it. I knew the Holy Spirit was reminding me that it would accomplish nothing so just let it be.
I was reminded of that this morning. I was very thankful that I was able to respond to the nudge of The Holy Spirit and be quiet. It had nothing to do with me and everything to do with yielding to His voice. I could not do that if I was not willing to obey the Spirit of God that dwells within me. That is what we are suppose to be. We are to be filled up with the Holy Spirit. He wants us to be spirit filled body suits for Jesus!
As I was praying this morning that is what I kept hearing. I am to be a spirit filled body suit, if you are a Christian you are to be a spirit filled body suit too. We cannot give from an empty vessel. The fuel we run on comes from the Holy Spirit. He is the very Spirit of God that inhabits our being that has always been reserved for Him. We are the body suit and He should fill every bit of space, and allow Him to lead us, move us and conform us to be His hands, His feet, His arms, His heart!
So, each of us must empty the body suits given to us as Christians of ourselves and allow Him to direct our thoughts, our words, our choices and our actions. He doesn’t pull some unseen puppet strings and make us do anything. He simply wants us to be the available body suit that He can inhabit so others can see what the love of Jesus looks like.
It is hard to deny our own ways, our own choices, our own agendas. However, when we hit the PAUSE button and STOP long enough to allow Him to fill us up we become just what we were made for as Jesus followers. His heart, His arms, His hands, His feet. We become His love in a Spirit filled body suit!
Living by the brook,