overflow

This morning I hit my favorite wooded trail for a run and an opportunity to hear the Holy Spirit speak as I sort through what I am feeling right now.  Jesus went up on the mountainside to pray and to have time alone with God.  I go deep into the woods and climb hills!

The trail was a mess today… well, maybe not a mess.  But, it was definitely changed.  We had a tremendous downpour earlier this week, and I can only imagine the temporary rivers that were flowing across the trail and down the steep hills.  The evidence of the overflow was seen in the piles of forest-generated debris in low-lying areas.  There was obvious wash-out under some of the steps cut into the steep hills.  And an already heavily rooted trail now has even more root exposure.

The Holy Spirit taught me, “This is what happens when I am invited to overflow in the lives of believers:  the landscape changes!   You know when I have moved upon the lives of a believers.  People have to deal with the debris that surfaces.  Roots are exposed so that the source of sin can be extracted.  I want there to be a wash-out of sin.  There’s no more opportunity to merely step over it and pretend it’s not there.”

I pray, “Father, this is why I come to You today.  I know Your Word is like a two-edged sword that penetrates to divide soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  I desire to be moved in my spirit by Your truth.  I want Your life to be the source of my actions.  Forgive me for my sin so that I may be blameless and walk steadfastly before You.”

The overflow of God’s Spirit that I experienced this morning has definitely settled my soul.  In the final mile of the run, as I went alongside the shore of a lake, I said, “You lead me beside still waters; You restore my soul.”  Can I encourage you to seek out time in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit?  Earlier this year, I heard a pastor say it’s the “Power of an Hour.”  Besides, if the Son of God needed time alone with the Father in order for the Spirit’s overflow to work in and through His life, do we need anything less?  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for this day!  There are many lives that I am about to intersect, and I’m expecting God to do the unexpected!

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