When You Least Expect It

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew God wanted you to speak or act in a certain way?

How did you respond? Were you afraid? Did you decide to just keep to yourself, or did you step out on the proverbial limb and give in to that inkling? What were the results?

As we transition in our Sunday morning message series from the resurrection stories in the Gospels to the book of Acts, we find that the resurrection of Jesus gives way to an extraordinary movement – one which none of the disciples can control, but only let go and allow the “wind” of God to blow them wherever it chooses.

The thing is, that same wind is blowing today. (I’ve written about this before, in case you wonder what I mean by “wind.”) The movement that began with the resurrection and those first few gatherings in Acts is the same movement going on today. But there are a lot of distractions that prevent us from seeing it. Sometimes, God has to break into our safe, little worlds in extraordinary ways to wake us back up to what His Spirit is doing, and how He wants to work through us.

On this episode of The DBC Podcast, I sat down with Katie Phillips (Coordinator of our One Family Ministries) and Sue Haynes (long-time Bible study teacher) to share stories of situations like these, and to consider the ways in which the Spirit fills us with power not our own, to act and speak in a way not instinctual, so that we might bear witness to the goodness of God and the grace of Jesus Christ.

From tense conference rooms interrupted by a coworker singing praises, to a cramped elevator stuck between floors, Katie and Sue have learned that you really never know when the Spirit is going to “show up,” nor what He may ask of you. Therefore, it’s good for us to consider what we know to be the purpose of God’s Spirit, and the end goal for His movement in our world.

Please consider leaving a comment, asking a question, or maybe even sharing a story of your own Spirit-orchestrated situations. That’s what the comment section below is for, and I always love hearing from our listeners. (And, if you’re so inclined, please leave a review for us on iTunes to let us know what you like about the podcast.)

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