I drove my husband to work and, on my way back home, I prayed for more of the Holy Spirit to come into my life. Quickly after praying this, an idea was dropped inside my heart; the Holy Spirit if fully in your life, there isn’t any “more” to come. You just need to learn to release it more. You’re keeping it from flowing.
Wow, what a sobering thought. I have the full power of the Holy Spirit I just don’t fully release it. With that in the fore front of my mind, I changed into my running shoes and went out the door to run. How am I limiting the power of the Holy Spirit?
As the rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement and my breathing became comfortable my thoughts got distracted and I began to pray for the neighborhood that I ran through. Asking papa God to give strength to those who were heading off to work and wisdom, protection for the children waiting for the school bus.
Refocusing my thoughts, I wondered what this idea meant that I limit the power of the Holy Spirit. Am I sure that I can believe that I have the Holy Spirit in my life? I mean is that scripture? Once arriving back home I decided to do a little research.
John 14:26 NASB
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Acts 1:8 TPT
But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power.[a] And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces—even to the remotest places on earth!”
[a] Or “You will seize power,” or “You will be seized with power.”
With reading these scriptures I can believe and agree that I have been given the helper [the Holy Spirit] and I am filled with power. But what am I doing that keeps it from freely flowing affectively in my life?
Again, as soon as I asked myself this question a thought was dropped in my heart; You limit the power by neglecting the nudges I give you. I nudge you to pray for that person you see limping past you, but you don’t stop. When you see someone who looks lonely, you don’t always greet them with a ‘hello.’
Bottom line, my hesitancy to respond to the nudges, and my doubts that a simple “hello” would bring joy to someone who is down, limits the power of the Holy Spirit to fully work through my life.
Now, whenever I am inclined to pray for more of the Holy Spirit to work in my life, I am reminded of these thoughts.