Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19
One of the believers’ greatest joys is being led by the Spirit. What a marvelous thing it is, to be, in a moment of time, experiencing something which you instantly and instinctively know is other than you. In other words, it’s supernatural. It’s led by the Spirit and not of the flesh, lest we boast and seek to take credit for it.
Today’s air is crisp and cool and the sun shines brightly. The lower lake shimmers and ever so slightly ripples as the fingers of the wind pass over it. Joy wells up within as I behold the wonder, the glory that is creation. The joy I know because of the Creator. I get to share in it with all my senses for no other reason than I am fearfully and wonderfully made. In the image of Him, Who is above all things, we are created to live and move and have our being in Him. Another joy I experienced today is prayer, simple and purely led of the Spirit. Wow! So simple and sweet and such a God-moment.
Recently, in the process of doing a task, I had a mini-conversation with a faith-brother who loves, loves, loves Jesus! There is no pomp and circumstance with him, no pretense, no posturing at the expense of others for us to get a better look at how wonderful he is. He simple is who he is.
Today I was privileged to catch a glimpse of Christ in him as he went from doing one of his daily tasks to praying with me. No pomp and circumstance. No fanfare. No puffing himself up or patting himself on the back for hwo spiritual he was being. He just began to pray. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I was on full alert because I felt the presence of the Spirit there in that moment.
What he prayed spoke volumes to me because I saw in that moment the main reason I have been so tired and worn out lately…ok, for many months now.
Jesus said, “…the Son can do nothing of Himself…”
He went on to pray, “Lord, why do we think we can do it all or that we must do it all in our own strength when even You did nothing of Yourself?”
Dear sisters, I don’t know if this is speaking to you at all. Maybe it was just for me. But as sure as I know the flesh, I don’t think I am alone.
Be encouraged today to behold your God, Maker and King. Cry out to Him for the strength you know you do not have on your own to do what lies before you TODAY.
Pause and pray NOW! Don’t wait till later, till you’re less busy. You (we) need His strength NOW to abide and endure to the end.
Stephanie D. Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.