Kim Haney encourages readers to stay connected to the power of the Holy Ghost in these troubled times.
It could not have picked a better time.
It was during our annual Landmark conference—the one week out of the year you would like your hair to look halfway decent—that the storm hit. The storm had hurricane-strength winds, pop-up tents filled the sky, trees fell and crushed cars, and missing dog alerts flooded neighborhood emails as fences were down all over the city. The majority of Stockton was without power and electricity for over twenty-four hours, some longer.
Our city looked like a war zone after the storm passed. Some of the casualties were the large pine trees in our yard, which left the residue of their severed limbs all over our property. We moved the ones blocking our driveway, but the others had to lay in a heaping pile until we could get a trailer to haul them away, which took four weeks. After laying detached, broken, torn, and severed from the trunk, to my amazement, the limbs were still bright green, alive, and vibrant as if they had never been touched by the storm.
I literally could not believe it. After four weeks of being torn from their source of strength, they still had life.
After four weeks of being torn from their source of strength, they still had life.
The tree sap—the sticky stuff that gets all over your car windows that won’t scrub off—produced from the source continued to flow inside of those branches even after they were amputated. The branches thrived and survived because they were full of the sap before the storm hit.The Holy Ghost is more than just an altar experience, but an overcoming power that desires to possesses us and work through us. Click To Tweet
The Power Source
I just stood and stared at them in a kind of a sadness as they were being loaded into the trailer to be hauled away—something inside of me didn’t want to see them go. The branches were survivors; they were fighters refusing to be victims of the storm. They had a kind of in-your-face defiance. They preached to me and convicted me as their green branches hung over the trailer hitch. They reminded me that no matter what comes my way, whatever unexpected storm blows into my world, or whatever life produces beyond my control, I have a power flowing inside of me that will keep me alive, healthy, and thriving through the storm.
I thought about this past year and the unexpected storms we have faced: the pandemic and all the baggage that came with it; the unsettled political scene that still hovers unsolved; the loved ones who crossed over during COVID-19; the possibility of our safe country entertaining foreign interference; our churches fighting in a court of law over the right to hold services in their own buildings, the fines that were issued, the months of being disconnected to the body of Christ, not to mention the spirit world working violently and intensely against the church.
Stay Connected to the Power of Holy Ghost in Troubled Times
The winds of change are blowing, and it may get worse. I don’t think we will ever go back to what we once knew as “normal,” but my dear friend, we were made for this day. We were planted by God not only to endure but to thrive through the storms of this generation. You are not like the other branches—you have the power of the Lord Jesus Christ channeled through the Holy Ghost flowing inside of you.
I believe God’s people are going to walk in the power of the Holy Ghost like never before in these unsettled times.
Before Jesus ascended, He let His followers know His Spirit will be living inside of them. This Comforter He referred to means “one who is called to someone’s aid.”
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16–17).
It is no accident that you and I are living and being commissioned by the King of the kingdom on this date in God’s calendar. God knew David could handle Goliath. He knew Noah could handle the flood. He knew Daniel could withstand the lion’s den. And Paul could stand in the day of persecution, and you have a supernatural power that is built to overcome the spirits of this age.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8)
I believe God’s people are going to walk in the power of the Holy Ghost like never before in these unsettled times. God is giving us revelation and understanding to those who are sold out and committed. The Holy Ghost is more than just an altar experience, but an overcoming power that desires to possesses us and work through us. I believe we are learning to walk in the victory and anointing we were destined to walk in!
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Thanks for the comment. Well said!