1 Samuel 10:6 “And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.”
Upon arrival at the throne of God, every soul will be amazed.
Our feeble minds cannot comprehend all that we will see, hear, and feel. The apostle Paul saw and could not find the words to describe it.
More surprising, though, might be who is there and who is not.
Salvation and our entrance into Heaven is a biblical matter. Religions add, take away, and change what God said is a decision made in faith. It cannot be made apart from the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
It is a gift that only God can give.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
When a lost sinner puts their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and accepts Christ’s payment for their sin as their own, they become a child of God.
The promise of the Father that Jesus spoke of is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
Acts 1:4-5 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
Personally, when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, something miraculous happened. Life made sense where once it seemed hopeless. I no longer feared death and I felt connected to God where before, I felt distant.
I saw things from a different perspective.
Everything had a different filter.
I saw everything in light of eternity.
The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit was (and is!) real.
What’s more, other people who knew me saw a difference. They saw a change in me. I struggled with an addiction to alcohol that, with God’s help, I was able to stop now for over thirty years.
Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ to save them become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When I witness to others and challenge them to place their faith in Jesus Christ, my prayer is that they hear the voice of the Spirit and obey Him to put their trust in Christ. Once they do, I follow up to disciple them as best I can.
It is then, we look for change.
Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
May I say here, we cannot and should not tell anyone that they are saved. Only I can know for sure that I am saved – no one else. I can perceive that some may be saved by the fruit I see in their life.
I will never tell a person that they are saved for fear they trust my determination and not the Spirit of God.
God gifts His children with various gifts and talents to do the specific work He alone has ordained.
1 Corinthians 12:4 “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
Before you and I were formed in the womb, our loving Heavenly Father already had a plan in place for our lives.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
The gifts, talents, and calling given to every child of God, are for His pleasure, not ours.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
But there are some things that God calls us to do that seem near impossible to accomplish.
1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Because of our sinful nature, I can’t be holy in this flesh. Yet, the command remains. We find others just as difficult:
Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
We all have some amount of will and character. Some have varying amounts of both. But, we all fall short in what God commands us to be and do. When we use what we are given to accomplish His will, we allow God to make up for that which we lack.
It is evident in the conversation Paul had with God over his infirmities.
2 Corinthians 12:7-8 “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.”
Paul came to a decision point. He wanted God to remove what stood in the way of doing God’s will more perfectly. But, God revealed that it is in his weakness that God shows Himself strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
If you are a saved child of God today, you have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God living inside you. You can feel His presence when the truth is taught and preached. You feel His conviction when He convicts and reproves us of our sin.
But we can also feel Him when He gives us love for others where we previously had none. He opens our understanding, provides wisdom, comfort, and healing.
The key for every child of God is to nurture and grow that relationship with the Spirit of God to not just obey but work in communion with Him.
When we view something as impossible, we must, in faith, trust that God can and will do it through His Holy Spirit working in and through us.
When we come across those opportunities in our lives, may we not shrink from it but say, “By God’s grace, I will do whatever God desires!”