Walking With The Holy Spirit
10 Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he answered, Here am I, Lord. 11 And the Lord said to him, Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there]. 12 And he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight. 13 But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard many people tell about this man, especially how much evil and what great suffering he has brought on Your saints at Jerusalem; 14 Now he is here and has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call upon Your name.
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
I have known for most of my Christian walk that the Lord could lead me in very specific ways like He led Ananais in today’s text. I have also had my moments with the Holy Spirit. However it has been an ‘off and on’ thing for me. I knew I could have a moment by moment, day to day walk with Him but it never grew to that level.
In recent times though, the Lord has been drawing me in. I have been pressing in, praying all manner of prayers, simply being in His presence. I have learnt so many things. He has been trying to teach me minute by minute obedience. He said to me, ‘your victory does not lie in your plans for your day but in the recognition of My nudges and instant obedience to them. They will take you through unplanned detours as you go along’. He expects me to be sensitive enough to discern when I need to make these detours and obey without any questions.
It sounds so simple but for me, it is a tough call. I grew up in the academic world. My father was a lecturer. I was taught to think. In fact my home was democratic. I had freedom of expression and I asked a lot of questions. So this new walk with the Holy Spirit is not easy because it requires shutting down my cerebral activities. That is difficult for me.
Just to ensure I get it, He allowed me to pass through some negative experiences which I would like to share with you. I usually do my exercises within the same premises as my last daughter’s school. It’s a large estate with a park that simply works for me. It has a track one can jog along and it is pretty safe. To avoid the terrible traffic going back, I wait to jog around the park for about an hour. Then I get home and do my stomach exercises and stretches. In all about 90 minutes of exercise. I do this thrice a week.
A few days ago, I finished jogging, got into my car and switched on an old Alvin Slaughter Cd I had been listening to. At the end of the song, he reads out a poem which I would normally listen to. However I was rushing home to do my tummy exercises. So I parked my car and immediately switched it off in the middle of the poem. I felt the Holy Spirit say to me, ‘you just missed a moment’, as I got out of the car. I reminded Him I had to do my stomach exercises.
However, I needed to get into the house. So I rang the bell expecting my cousin to open up for me. You will not believe I rang the bell for the next 30 minutes and could not get into the house. I banged on the gate, my cousin was asleep. I am sure you think I live in a massive house with lots of grounds but I don’t. In fact the gate is a few meters away from her window. Even though I banged on the gate for 30 minutes, she did not wake up. At some point I got scared and sent for the estate security. Just then, she woke up. What kind of sleep was that? Maybe Adam’s type when his rib was being taken out-induced by God Himself, just to teach me something. I was not even angry with her because I understood what was going on. Of course I did not get to do my stomach exercises.
You would expect that I had got it. But a few days later, I was leaving the house for an event, and felt a nudge to take my phone charger. I told myself I didn’t need it since my driver had a charger in the car. I attended my event, had a great time and was ready to leave. I got to the car park, the driver and car were nowhere in sight. I picked my phone to call and it was completely dead. I could not even retrieve numbers so I could borrow a phone to call. I borrowed someone’s phone to call my husband, so he could call the driver but he did not pick his phone. I tried to borrow a charger, but could not. I was stranded.
What did I do? I had to walk across an eight lane road in the scorching sun in 6 inch heels carrying my big hand bag and the gift bag I got from the event. I was uncomfortable. I knew I had goofed again. I prayed, ‘Lord I get it, please let me get a cab quickly so my skin does not burn’. I got a cab after a few minutes. The driver had a charger which I used to call my driver who met me at home. I realized the Holy Spirit meant business because He was not allowing me to get way with my lack of discernment anymore.
The next day, I decided to pay more attention. First instruction, ‘withdraw money from the ATM as you’re going out’. I had enough money to pay my tolls, which was all I needed money for, but I simply obeyed. This was despite the fact that I was running slightly behind schedule. I got to my destination. Trying to locate my host’s office was a little tough. A man I met in the premises decided to help me locate the office. While he was walking with me, he told me about an urgent need he had-something to do with his mother. He needed money urgently. I realized why The Holy Spirit had asked me to get some money. Of course I gave him some of it.
As I got into the car, I felt the need to go to University of Lagos, my Alma Mata. I needed to make inquiries about getting my transcripts for a program I am applying for, but it was not urgent. ‘Lord, I can go there next week. The matter is not urgent’. But I felt I was doing well and did not want to spoil it. Very reluctantly I headed for Unilag. Just as I drove into Unilag, I noticed the car air-conditioning was not working well then I noticed my car was overheating. Then I understood why I made the detour. If I had not I would have been stranded on a major highway, The Third mainland Bridge, where it would have been very difficult to sort out the problem. Here, I had the luxury of a safe packing slot to sort myself out. I had to wait for the engine to cool, so I took a walk to the Senate Building where I asked my questions before fixing my issue with the car. I did not need a mechanic. I simply bought water and poured into the carburetor and I was good to go. I had a jolly drive back home.
I was elated that day. There were other little things that happened. In fact at some point, I felt it was all becoming uncanny. As I walked with God the entire day, I realized I was doing dress rehearsals for the real day. I know a ground breaking nudge from Him is coming. That is why He is now urgent in His dealings with me. The kind He gave Ananais, ‘go to the street called Straight’. He did not realize that the man he was going to meet would be the writer of most of the New Testament. He simply did what he was told despite his misgivings and fears.
The Holy Spirit was sent to help us live our lives fully for God. We have no excuse as believers to miss the mark. I am committed to living my life to its fullest, experiencing as much of Him as I can. So I wake up every morning now, with new expectations, knowing He will lead me to the goodness of God. What a life-heaven on earth. As usual, I share my experience knowing there is someone reading who will be encouraged to live for God and with God. Let us all get into the flow with Him and we will never regret it. have a great week and God Bless you. Ck