Being led by the Spirit is an exciting adventure. When Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”, his disciples may not have realized what they were getting themselves into (see Matthew 4:18-22). Certainly, none of them could say following Jesus was ever boring. The miracles they saw, the incredible teachings they heard, Jesus walking on water, the dead raised, demons fleeing, the Mount of Transfiguration – they were probably always on their toes wondering what was going to happen next. They were part of a great adventure of doing God’s work.
Several years ago, a friend and I took a trip to Florida. I was looking forward to enjoying a nice vacation. Admittedly, my thoughts were not on doing God’s work. But my friend was focused on being an evangelist. Before we left, however, there were a couple of people who said something to me about our trip or prayed for me. There was a certain quality to their words and prayer that made me feel like God was up to something more than us just having a fun vacation.
We drove across Louisiana, slept one night in our car in Alabama, camped at a beautiful beach near Pensacola, Florida, and continued our journey southeast through Florida. On the fourth day, we made it to Hollywood, Florida, a suburb of Miami. My friend wanted to visit the apartment where he had lived a few years back and where, as I remember, he had rededicated his life to Christ.
A girl named Shay was living in his old apartment. For about an hour and a half we sat by the pool and talked with her about the Lord. She was very open to talking about Christianity but wanted to debate a lot of different things. My friend did almost all of the talking as I sat quietly. As we got up to leave, I felt in my heart God wanted me to say something to her.
I hesitated because I wasn’t 100% certain that I was hearing from God, but I felt like I had to say it, so I did. The Lord told me that she had been abused by a man and that God wanted to heal her heart and be a father to her. I assumed God meant she had been abused by her father (wrong assumption), but when I gave the word to her, she confirmed she had been abused by her uncle. It was evident that God was touching her heart. She said to me, “You’re quiet, but you’re powerful.”
Then, we visited another apartment where a man named Tony lived. He had recently suffered a stroke and we felt led to pray for his healing. As we prayed, something powerful began to rise up inside of me as I felt the Holy Spirit. It was so strong, I had to move. I couldn’t stay in the apartment. I walked into the street and began to pray loudly, interceding for the apartment complex and declaring salvation to the city.
I’d not had such an experience like this before, to this intensity, it was like electricity was flowing through my body as God’s anointing was strong. I don’t recall anyone in my sight, but if anyone was nearby, they certainly would have heard me praying. It was an awesome moment. I believe God was using my prayers to bring about change in the heavenly realms.
There were other times during the trip that my friend reached out to others to share the gospel, but this was the high point of the trip for me. After our short time in Hollywood, we drove down to the Florida Keys and camped in a state park. We went snorkeling from a sailboat on the Atlantic Ocean and had an overall good time. One morning in the tent, my friend and I woke up to this incredible sense of peace. It was like we were lying in a pool of supernatural peace. It seemed like God was saying to us, “You did what I brought you here to do, I’m pleased with you.” We felt God’s pleasure.
Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” When we follow Jesus, we should expect God to lead us by His Spirit, especially when we are doing His work. We can expect signs and miracles to follow us (see Mark 16:17-18).
Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” (John 5:17, NIV). Even as a young man, Jesus said, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). We are all called to partner with Father God in the family business of advancing God’s kingdom, gathering in a harvest of souls and showing compassion to those in need.
You don’t necessarily have to travel to Florida or another country to do the Father’s work. You don’t necessarily have to stand in the middle of the street and pray loudly. The important thing is that we each do what God has called us to do and go where He has called us to go. Each of us is equipped to do the Father’s work. He does the heavy lifting; we simply join with Him in what He is already doing. Step out in faith and believe God to do mighty things through you!