He Is Among Us!

Posted by on January 11, 2012

The more closely believers have walked with God, the more clearly and powerfully have they testified of their Redeemer’s love and of His saving grace. The men and women who through the long centuries of persecution and trial enjoyed a large measure of the presence of the Spirit in their lives, have stood as signs and wonders in the world. Before angels and men they have revealed the transforming power of redeeming love. {AA 49.2}

There are some interesting traits about sensitivity. Some who have thicker skin may not be quick to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit. Similar to those who were persecuted for various Christian beliefs have been those who have been persecuted by humanity due to their social ineptness.

These can be very agonizing, painful and lonely times. Satan often finds them as open avenues for deception offering lifestyle changes. Alcoholism, womanizing, adopting a gay lifestyle, gossiping and tearing down others, etc.  Sensitivity can lead to some pretty treacherous outcomes. Deep wounds, suicide, harming others, becoming insincere and plenty more.

Today I thought I could identify this with a sea anemone.  If you’ve ever touched one, you have witnessed how quickly they retract their tentacles, whereas in their happy environment they extend far out and attract nutrients while moving gently about in the currents and tides.

Injury, disappointment, hurt, pain and disillusion can be restrictive and confusing. After God reached me and won my heart and stirred repentance from within. I believe He then blessed me with the Holy Spirit He promises all who will receive Him.  Acts 2:38 says  “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

I recently told someone I was sharing my story with , that it still chokes me up in telling it and often doesn’t seem like I can control that effect. It strikes me that it is in some ways a gift. It is a reminder when I see how God  has won my heart. It is also stirred when I see someone else “get” the message that I believe God is sharing through me today. God is gracious to provide such reminders. This person told me that they knew of a Christian speaker who told his listeners that he had active tear ducts and that they could either cry right along with him or simply listen to what God has done.

How joyful it is to recognize when someone clearly relates how clear God’s call is to represent His truth and love to “ALL” sinners.  When you see ordinary people who have not known how to relate to or reach out to those who suffer with same-sex attraction… finally embrace and love them with His love… what an amazing joyfulness is realized.

In two emails I received today, it was crystal clear that God had spoken to the hearts of the email authors. My eyes burned and my throat tightened and it was as if God was saying; “You see Wayne, I am a powerful God and I stir hearts and minds. I have promised that there will be those who “get it.”

Often in dealing with this topic of homosexual redemption I meet reticence, confusion, resistance and fear. How very blessed I am when I see the work of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the lives of others.

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