“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49
During my third year in college, a friend visited me because I was sick at that time.
When she came over, I noticed she dressed differently. She also had a certain glow in her face…
She prayed for me that day. And she prayed in a way I never heard anyone do it before. Her prayer had authority and sincerity of heart. I had goosebumps…
This was a significant change for her because she used to take illicit drugs. And as you know, when you’re under the influence of drugs you can say and do things that can harm your family and everyone around you. When someone is under the influence of drugs, that person not only harms another person emotionally but physically as well.
She had a total conversion …
Weeks passed and I noticed her entire family also changed. There was no more shouting. The heavy hand was gone. There was more time spent together. Later on I discovered they joined a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) with a Charismatic Group. And it was the catalyst for the change.
You might be wondering what is this “Life in the Spirit Seminar”?
“The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. For those who are not Christians at all, they can serve as an introduction to Christianity and a time to make a first commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are already Christians, they offer help in finding a fuller release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper Christian life.” (Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Archdiocese of Miami)
Because we’re human, it’s hard to do the right thing sometimes. Romans 7:19 states “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”
So many people turn to enrolling into self help courses or obtaining a coach. For example, there is a good course out there about how to handle children who are misbehaving without having to shout or get angry. And I have nothing against those. I am always hungry to learn new helpful things and as long as the result is good, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t take the courses or get a coach.
However, we shouldn’t forget God who can change the hearts and minds of man.
I’ve heard of many, many stories like the one above. Stories of transformation. Stories of healing. Stories of forgiveness. Stories of empowerment. Stories of miracles.
All brought about because lives were touched during the LSS. Because when you know you’re forgiven no matter how dark your sin may be … when you know you weren’t alone during those difficult times in your life…when you know the God who helped you yesterday will always be there for you no matter what…when you know God is always there even though you hardly ever pray…when you know you have the power to break any addiction…
When you know you are loved by God…when you know there is hope for a better life…when you start believing you don’t have to be stuck …
Then the heart of stone starts melting with the fire of God’s love …
And this is what happens during the Life in the Spirit Seminars. And this is what happened to my friend. And it continues to happen to the lives of thousands and thousands of people.
It all starts with one simple step – opening the doors of your heart to let God come in.
And when you do, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit becomes manifest in your life.
“In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23