I like to enter Wal-Mart through the Automotive Department because I can get in and out quickly. As I walked in I saw the hunting, fishing, and sporting goods to my left. I turned right and headed toward Home Supply, and I glanced down each aisle I passed looking for plungers. I saw automotive, tools and hardware, painting supplies, air conditioning filters, light bulbs, and finally I came to the plumbing aisle. I found the plunger that I wanted, and I headed back to check out.
As I was leaving I began to think about how you can find pretty much everything you need at Wal-Mart. That was the store's mission from the beginning. They wanted to have everything under one roof. Food, audio visual, clothing, arts & crafts, office supplies, bedding, plumbing supplies, toys, medicine, and the list could go on and on. To top it off, they are open all day every day, so if you need a plunger at 6am…you can get it. If you are craving a mango at 2am…you can get one. If you want to watch all 3 Godfather movies in one night…you can get buy the trilogy at 11:30p.m. We all have our late night craving or weird Wal-Mart excursion stories we can share, so feel free to share yours in the comment section below.
Going to Wal-Mart that morning reminded me of the relationship that believers should have with the Holy Spirit. We have ALL that we will ever need to live the life of a believer IN us. The Holy Spirit has spoken this truth many times through my wife Donna to our family and ministry over the last few years. She has said many times, “The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is IN us!” That is absolutely the truth!! 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we have all the guidance, leadership, wisdom, security, hope, grace, love, etc… That we will EVER need. We CAN actually know and understand the will of God for our lives. Check out these verses.
“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:26-28
The Holy Spirit, God’s very presence IN us, prays for us constantly with “groans” that are beyond words. His groaning for us is in complete harmony with God’s perfect will for our lives. Did you get that?? When we surrender completely to God’s voice and presence within us everything can and will work out for our good. Whatever we need is already in us. Believers that are lost and need direction, have all the guidance they need IN them. Believers that are depressed and struggling, have all the hope and encouragement they need IN them. Believers that are addicted, struggling in a relationship, or face doubt and insecurity daily, can find deliverance from what controls them, peace for their marriage, family, & friendships, and all the security and assurance they will ever need IN them! You think Wal-Mart is amazing?? The Holy Spirit is the physical presence of God Himself in You, and He absolutely has EVERYTHING you need.
You don’t need to go somewhere to get it. You don’t need the latest book to find it. You don’t need to be dependent on a church, a person, a youth group, or anything else. All we need is found in the power of God’s Word and His Presence that resides IN us. Don’t get me wrong, I totally believe and know God uses churches, youth groups, books, songs, movies, people, nature, and a multitude of other resources to awaken us to His truth in our lives. I’ve experienced it personally! God uses blogs, books, messages, worship, and so much more to awaken us to truth all the time. But, we can't become more dependent on religious activity, the approval of certain people, and listening to the voices of others to guide us spiritually above making God’s voice within us the first priority. God’s voice should ring louder than all other voices and influences as He leads us.
You may be thinking, “I don’t hear God’s voice.” It's not because He doesn't wants us to hear his voice. He wants to reveal His perfect will to us. But we must be transformed and renewed in our thinking, so that the Spirit can begin to reveal the Father’s will. We simply must love and allow Him to work within us. Jesus Christ, the visible presence of God who laid down His life for us all, made us a promise while He walked the earth
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
God wants to reveal Himself to us. He doesn’t want us to walk aimlessly through this life. He doesn’t want us to feel like we have been abandoned. He is our Father! He is gracious and loving. He knows what we need and desire because He created us with those needs and desires. He desires to give us good gifts, and anything that is good in our life comes from our Heavenly Father.
“So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” James 1:16-18
Here’s the hard truth I must face. The reason I fail to hear God’s voice and understand His will for my life is ME. The reason I find myself in a “mess” is because I try to handle or solve things on my own. When I surrender ALL to the Holy Spirit’s leadership in my life, He WILL supply the needs and desires that God has for me. He isn’t the one who shifts are changes, I am. There is no need to look down aisle after aisle, for what we are seeking. It’s already IN us available every moment of every day.
My wife Donna has said it best, “As we are walking in the Spirit, the plan He established for us before the beginning of time, His perfect will for our lives (Rom. 12:2), will be accomplished.”
Be blessed today! We would love to read your comments, thoughts, and Wal-Mart Stories below.
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