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Have You Felt the Truth

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)

It can come to us in the spoken word of a friend or a stranger. An expressed thought that has been projected many times before or comes to us as fresh and never before heard. It may be shared with many or given to us alone in the quiet of individual communion. Yet we hear it as a truth and interpret it upon its significance in the moment we abide.

It can come to us in the reflection of a vision. A picture that hangs upon a wall or a scene displayed to us by nature. Perhaps it is a vision drawn to us by the eloquent artistry of one’s imagination. A glimpse into the blessings of our lives or rooted in the dreadfulness of our own sorrows. To as many who hear with the heart, so too there are as many a version to be given.

It may be the warmth of touch when the heart is overjoyed or deepened in the sorrow of misdeed. The hug of a loved one felt in a welcoming moment or the quietness of sanctuary when we arrive home. To as many who receive this gifts of truth they are revealed as differently as light is to darkness.

To all these forms of the physical protocol of communication we each hear the message as it relates to our own desire. Each of us may hear a different truth or subside to a far diverse lie. Some may accept only that which they wish to believe while others may fear what they think to be true. For the true message was not meant for the ear to hear, the eye to see or the skin to touch, but for the heart to receive. There are many thoughts spoken, written, seen and felt and for each a distinct message is to be revealed. God does not speak to the masses but relates to us individually. God does not give us a vision that all may see but one that only we can feel within the heart. God does not touch us with hands of clay but with the sincerity of His love.

God remains in constant conversation with all of us yet many of us never know His word. We fail to open our heart to hear His spiritual thoughts directed towards us each moment. So many say to me how can you say God speaks to you, He doesn’t speak to me with thunderous voice, but softly reveals His will to me. He stands at the door to your heart and knocks, have you opened the door? Do you listen to Him before the storm or cry to Him during the storm? Do you listen with your ear, search with your eye or pin your hope upon an emotion? He is there calling your name open your heart and allow His Spirit to come in and then you will know His truth now and forever more. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

October 17, 2000

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