Defining Moments: Holy Spirit Do You Love Me?

When I was 18 years old I spent a year in a discipleship program. We had worship time every morning during the week Tuesday through Friday.  One morning during this time one of the pastors told us that if we asked the Holy Spirit if He loved us, He would always answer us.  The pastor encouraged all of us to close our eyes and ask the Holy Spirit if He loved us.  I think everyone said it out loud.  We then waited.  There was worship music playing in the background and about 35 students and staff present.

One by one many of the others in the room began to have emotional responses.  Some were filled with joy and others began to cry.  I stood there.  I felt all alone in the middle of the room that seated around 200 people.  My thoughts were a mess and it felt like an argument in my head. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was hoping to hear God.

After a period of about 15 minutes I sat down on a chair. I remembered times God had spoken to me before and it was generally through the Bible.  I figured it was worth a shot as my expectation of hearing God’s voice in my head was almost zero.  My strategy at the moment was to flip the bible open and read whatever was in front of me.  I was desperate.  I happened to open to Psalm 136 and began reading:

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

I don’t know at what point I stopped reading but before I got halfway through the chapter I was in tears. God spoke to me in a way I could understand.  He spoke to me in a way that I will never forget.  It was a defining moment in my life.  It is a place I have looked back to when I have doubt creep in and I remember that God spoke to me.  Not only did He speak to me but it was personal.  He touched my heart in that moment.

Holy Spirit wants to speak to all of us!

Since that encounter I have encouraged others to say the same prayer with expectation that God will speak to them the same way. One youth was woken up by God around 3am the night after asking God if He loved her.  She said the TV was on and the image of a heart was on it. Consequently, she began to cry and felt the love of God.  It impacted her life and spoke to her right where she was at in a way that she would remember.

I encourage anyone who is having doubt about God and His love for them to ask the Holy Spirit if He loves them and look for Him to answer because He will.

Thanks for taking the time to read this story and please share it with others if it has impacted you!

2 thoughts on “Defining Moments: Holy Spirit Do You Love Me?”

  1. This is so good. Thank you for sharing & inviting me to be a part of your blog. Your writing style is also very good? Having you as a student in my LA/SS (oh my goodness! 24 years ago) class was a privilege & continues to be a privilege as I’ve watched you grow & mature, & minister to others with a heart of compassion & service. God bless you real good David❤️ Sharlene

    1. Thanks for your encouragement Sharlene! I enjoyed having you as a teacher. You were always encouraging and truly cared for the students in your classes.

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