Were you ever led by the Spirit to do something for God, but you didn’t do it?
Maybe you weren’t sure that God was speaking to you. Or maybe what God was asking you to do was hard.
It’s easy to question ourselves about whether we heard God speak, isn’t it?
However, Scripture confirms that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to believers to help guide us—even today:
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’” John 16:13-15 NLT
It’s incredible to know God speaks to us today and as believers in Jesus, we can receive a special word or task. So incredible, in fact, that we sometimes doubt it.
That goes for me, too. Here is an example:
Recently a sweet mama called to ask me for some advice about therapies for children with autism. The conversation was difficult for me because it has been a while since I was considering therapies for my son, Alec, who is now 17. However, I know what is the number one thing that has helped my son, and that is discovering and trusting in God’s Biblical promises. God has been faithful to every one.
I knew I should share that truth with this mama, but I didn’t immediately do that. Why? I reasoned that I didn’t know her well enough. I didn’t know if she was a Christian or what she thought of faith.
Lame excuse? Sure it was!
I gave her a few suggestions without telling her about the real reason that Alec is doing so well. When I hung up from that conversation, I felt frustrated but I didn’t know why, so I went for a walk. During that walk the Holy Spirit revealed why: I had neglected to tell her the real truth about what helped my son.
I wrote “Autism’s Hidden Blessings,” just before the recession, In the book, it says that “if love was all we had to give our son, then God would see that love was enough.” When the recession hit, we had zero funds for therapies. Yet God proved that what I wrote was true: His love was more than enough.
Why didn’t I share this with the sweet mama? I was afraid. I was holding back because sharing spiritual insight is difficult for me on a one-to-one basis. The Spirit revealed this truth to me during the walk.
I knew what I had to do.
When I got back home I sent her a long message to let her know that, more than anything else, relying on the promises of God helped our family thrive during the difficult years. Then I offered to send her my book that shares the specific promises that helped us.
I didn’t know how she would respond but I had done what the Lord wanted me to do and so I had peace. To my delight she wrote back and thanked me the message, and later, for the book.
God calls us to tell our stories. If we will not share the truth of Jesus and His powerful Word, who will?
Don’t be afraid of sharing your testimony. The Word will not return void.
Do you ever doubt that God has called you?
I’ve released a true short story about my father, one that my friends ask me to tell them again and again. A story that will gives you chills.
It’s about a risk he took to share the gospel with an atheist patient dying of cancer. Dad followed God’s leading but things did not turn out the way he had hoped. Dad’s true story has an amazing ending that shows that God is always there preparing the way when He calls us to a special task. We may not know it, but God is working behind the scenes.
t’s a supernatural short story about redemption and faith, revealing the miracles hidden behind the scenes of life. I’ve just published the story, and it’s available now.
Last Request: A True Story about Faith and Redemption will speak to readers about the special calling that God has for each of us.