Philippians Favorites – 1:2
June 14, 2013
Grace, It’s For Everyone
June 16, 2013
Philippians Favorites – 1:2
June 14, 2013
Grace, It’s For Everyone
June 16, 2013

Interruptions – Part 2

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The other day we looked at how the Holy Spirit can interrupt our everyday lives when we’re listening and open to hearing Him direct us. Today, let’s all start at the same place by understanding that to interrupt means to cause or make a break; to stop in the middle of doing something; an interference in action or speech. There are definite times when you know the Holy Spirit interrupted what you were doing or where you were going, and no doubt the outcome was more favorable because of His interruption. Let’s learn more about being sensitive to hearing the Holy Spirit and being directed by Him and not reject the interruptions.

Probably the first recorded interruption of the Holy Spirit would be on the Day of Pentecost – Acts 2. Until that day, the Holy Spirit was only a promise to those who followed Jesus and believed Him to be the Messiah, the Son of God. But after Jesus’s death, burial, AND resurrection, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers – you and me. The disciples and other believers definitely had their day interrupted by the Holy Spirit when He showed up in power. They were ready; they were listening; and they were filled with the very power of God. I know they didn’t consider it an interruption, but a reality point of their faith in having God’s power working in and through their lives.

Then if you look at the life of Paul before the Lord changed his name. Saul: the persecutor of believers. He thought he was doing what he should do until the Holy Spirit interrupted his life, changed his thinking, and transformed him into a new person. Paul became the great Apostle of Grace to the new church. He understood the message of Grace because He received God’s immense Grace when the Holy Spirit interrupted his plans.

The lame man in Acts 3-4 only knew to do one thing, everyday; and everyday he would do the only thing he knew: sit at the gate and beg for money since he was unable to walk or work for a living. Everything was as normal as it had always been for this certain lame man UNTIL the Holy Spirit interrupted his life through Peter and John. The disciples spoke to the man and took his hand, lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were whole and he received a total healing and couldn’t stop walking, leaping, and praise God for this wonderful interruption to his daily life. He was never the same again…he was healed and restored and continued to praise God.

Even the Philippian Jailer in Acts 16:25-33 was confronted with a major interruption. He was the man in charge of all the prisoners but a violent earthquake struck the town. (Paul and Silas were in their cell praying and praising the Lord at the time). When the earthquake’s force unlocked prison doors, the jailer knew he’d be held accountable for any prisoners who escaped, and he was ready to take his life. But the Holy Spirit interrupted the jailer and through Paul and Silas presented to him the life-transforming news of the reality of Jesus Christ. The Philippians jailer, in the middle of his normal workday, interrupted by the Holy Spirit became a believer along with his entire household. What starts out bad and looks like a horrible interruption can immediately become the best interruption.

You may not experience something so dramatic, but you can learn to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit when He interrupts your plans. Let Him lead and direct your steps each day. You’ll truly be amazed at what He does.