POSSESSED – to have complete power over someone and be manifested through their speech and/or actions.
This was a topic that presented itself recently with one of my grandsons. I have the flexibility in my schedule that allows me to take grandkids to school and/or pick them up from school. During those times we talk about a variety of topics. On one of those occasions, as we were talking about how his day went, he confided in me that he had moments of sadness or fear for no apparent reason. I am sure many of us can relate to this because of the unsure times we currently find ourselves living. I shared with him that his Papa understood his feelings. He wanted to know how I could understand what he was feeling. I shared with him that it was normal and that his Papa had those feelings sometimes. He sat in disbelief for a moment that Papa would have those feelings and then responded that he has never seen that in me. He asked me why it didn’t show in my behavior. I shared with him that God has given us resources/tools that allow us not to be controlled by those feelings. Of course his question was, “what tools”? I shared with him that God has given us His Holy Word/Bible to guide us through those times that we may feel that way. I also shared with him that I have Holy Spirit living in me to; comfort me, encourage me and empower me. Another very long pause and then came the bombshell question that could only come from the mind of a child. “Papa, are you possessed”? I sat dumbfounded for a while at that question.
I recalled some of God’s words about Holy Spirit: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.(2 Corinthians 3: 17), “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of Holy Spirit”.(Romans 15: 13), “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever”.(John 14: 16)
After some reflection, I answered that yes I am possessed, possessed by Holy Spirit. Another dramatic pause from him, and then his response that brought tears of joy to his Papa’s eyes – “I want to be possessed by Holy Spirit”.
How about you during these trying times? Does Holy Spirit possess you? Does He have complete power over you? Does He manifest Himself through your speech and/or your actions?
Prayerfully Yours - Wally
Notes from the Staff @The Woods