This is a blog, not a teaching. Just want to remind myself of that fact. I love to preach and teach about Holy Spirit but in these posts I am sharing– what I have learned, what I am learning, my experiences, and my journey in the Spirit. I realize that I am a woman of the Spirit. In ministry, I allow Holy Spirit to move the way that Holy Spirit wants to move. That is my greatest desire. My greatest frustrations occur as I see the Lord wanting to move freely yet is entirely blocked or restricted by man’s will and agenda.
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice. (Song of Songs 2:8-9 NKJV)
In many places I have ministered, I saw Jesus waiting, gazing, looking to be acknowledged and accepted as Jesus for who He is, not who people want Him to be. There is either ignorance on the part of leaders or downright indifference and rebellion to Holy Spirit in many gatherings. Christ in us, in the power of the Spirit manifests gifts, revelation in teaching and preaching, and creative expression. We need Holy Spirit.
As Holy Spirit orchestrates a gathering, there is fullness in the spiritual atmosphere. Fullness of revelation of Jesus Christ. Fullness of ministry to the needs of people through healing and deliverance. Fullness of prophecy manifested in songs, dance and art.
Why can’t we see that our gatherings, for the most part, are falling far short of what they could be? To me, most places I visit have potential for creative expression but are actually quite boring. I believe in the church. Does the church actually believe in the Holy Spirit? I think not.
As the Spirit moves, eternity flows into the NOW, demonstrating reality – “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” I am seated in heavenly places according to Ephesians. I am focused on ‘being’ in Christ, eternally His. I don’t like engaging in a gathering of earthly wisdom devoid of revelation and manifestation. To me, just going to sit and sit and listen and listen – I can’t do it anymore. May God raise leaders up in the Spirit, like an orchestra leader who focuses on the orchestra, each individual instrument ready to engage in a beautiful symphony. The baton goes up and the leader has the wisdom, humility and submission to follow the Spirit’s lead. I have seen marvelous things. And I will see more in the years to come. What is before us is glorious. I believe this. More of Holy Spirit in future blog posts……I am going to stay here for quite awhile.
Why? Because as the Lord told me “February is your turning point month, Debra.” I am turning to the reality of how He made me – spiritually sensitive. My insecurity and rejection in years past along with the fear of man has indeed made me dull over the past few years. I have repented over my own fears and insecurities of needing to be understood and perhaps admired. Now, it does not matter to me. There is a journey in the Spirit waiting for us. It is glorious.
Holy Spirit purpose:
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-15 NKJV)
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
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