It's Not Supposed to be This Way

Have you ever asked God, “where are you?” or “why haven’t you come back yet?” You have this longing inside of you for things to better, to live in perfect peace. Maybe you feel this when a close friend or family member gets sick. Maybe you feel this when you watch the news. Or maybe you feel this when no matter how hard you study for a class, you just can’t get the grade you want. Something in you says “it’s not supposed to be this way”.

It’s easy to feel like a victim when bad things happen. It’s easy to blame sin and the enemy when something doesn’t go our way. But what if instead of sitting in our disappointment (trust me, I’ve been there), we started to believe that we carry the answers the world so desperately needs. We, as believers in Jesus, possess everything we need to live in fullness through the power of the Holy Spirit. In John 16, Jesus tells his disciples that it’s better for him to leave than to stay on earth. Can you imagine hearing this? I mean, get real Jesus. What could be better than sitting in your presence? What could possibly be better than watching you heal the sick, raise the dead, and perform miracles? According to Jesus, the Holy Spirit is better than all this.

Jesus tells his disciples that the Spirit will guide them into all truth and that he will speak on behalf of the Father (John 16:13). That means, we have an accountability buddy, a truthful friend, and a manifestation of the Father’s heart all in the form of the Holy Spirit. Not to mention that it’s all inside of you! How crazy is that!

When you start to get bogged down by the mess and chaos of life, remember that you are filled with the Holy Spirit. You don’t have to wait for Jesus to come back for things to look more like heaven. You have heaven solutions inside of you. So when your friend is sick, pray for healing. When you look at the world and get overwhelmed, bring peace and love into your environments that are filled with hate. When you are discouraged about school, ask God to give you his perspective. You may not get the miracle you want, but you will encounter God’s heart for you and every situation. You don’t have to wait for heaven for God to comfort you and give you peace. You can have that right now because of the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you.

Author | Emily Baker

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