Well, we thought fall would never come, but here we are in November and it finally arrived!
This is my absolute favorite time of year and I love to take long walks and let the leaves crunch under my shoes as I move my feet. Most of the time I’ve got a sermon playing in my headphones as I’m clipping along at a good pace, but sometimes I’ll slow down, put on some praise and worship, and attempt to take in the beauty of the trees with their changing color.
The other day I was doing just that when a new song came on that I had never heard before called “Come Holy Spirit” by Vertical Worship. It brought me into such a state of worship as the artist sang “fall afresh on me…Holy Spirit come…Holy Spirit move…do what only You can do.” And in that moment I was truly desperate for His presence.
It was as if I was walking in perfect step with the Spirit of the Living God and it was breathtaking.
Galatians 5:25 says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
I’m the first to admit that I don’t always get this verse right in my walk with the Lord, but when I do allow myself to live by the Spirit, oh what a difference it makes!
Holy Spirit come. Help me keep in step with You. Fall afresh on me.
Fall is finally here, which means that the helmets are bright and shiny underneath the stadium lights. The question is: Are you ready for some football?
One of our favorite family activities is to meet up with other families at the local university football games. The air is mixed with Louisiana meat pies, cut grass, and of course, leather footballs.
As I watch the players take their positions on the field, I am in awe of how they hold their stance until the ball is snapped. It takes focus and discipline.
However, there are those occasions when a player will move off the line of scrimmage too soon and an offside penalty will be given. I always feel sorry for that player as the ref throws his flag and the offending number is called over the loud-speaker.
Maybe he “thought” he heard the snap. Or maybe there was bee in his helmet. But none of that matters to the referee who is there to make sure that the rules are followed.
Sometimes we jump off the line of scrimmage too soon in our spiritual life. Maybe we thought we heard the Lord say move, but we really were following our own desires. That’s why God’s Word tells us continually to “wait upon the Lord.” When we wait on Him our faith is built so that when we do hear Him say “move,” we can run the play with confidence.
Yes, it takes focus and discipline to wait, but it’s the best way to win the game!