HOW IS THE HOLY SPIRIT INVOLVED IN A PERSON’S SALVATION?
Answer 3: The Spirit uses my circumstances in a person’s salvation.
Have you ever experienced the near-magical phenomenon of moving from strangers to friends in almost no time at all? Jenny and Bryan are two of the many people we fervently prayed for to have a family of their own. We met them at a train station in Singapore, and from there, we invited them to be a part of our small group and eventually shared our lives with them.
We instantly developed a deep connection by the similarities of the difficulties we experienced in conceiving. We shared our testimony of how we came to hear and understand the gospel, how we responded to it, and the difference this has made in our lives. We shared how God gave us hope through our trials when we realised that we both had issues in our reproductive system. We told them how we had tried every assisted pregnancy procedure available and that even one fertility specialist advised us to adopt a child instead. We shared that it came to a point on the 17th of March 2012, out of desperation and misery, I locked myself in our room and worshipped the Lord. I cried my heart out to Him and right at that moment, God gave me a very clear vision: I was climbing on the mountain and I saw this very, very bright light from somewhere. I sought the source of the light. I dug a hole where the light was coming from. The light was coming from a watch—a man’s watch. Ephraim told me that it seemed like God was telling me to seek Him first and delight myself in the Lord. In His perfect timing, He shall give me the desires of my heart. On the same date, I posted on my Facebook wall as my status, “This stage of my life is called, ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Total surrender to God’s plan’.”
God’s words gave us sufficient comfort and peace, as it says in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
We shared how we took every opportunity to be prayed for. We sought the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls and the more we got to know him, the more we trusted his goodness and faithfulness despite the raging storm. We also shared how we attended a conference about parenting in our church, boldly claiming that by faith, we will be parents also.
Just like Sarah in the Bible, at exactly one year after I received God’s vision and message, we found out that I was pregnant. God didn’t just show up but he showed-off in our circumstance. We prayed for one child, and he gave us twins! In Habakkuk 2:3 it says, “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.”
Fast-forward to my story about Jenny and Bryan. The Holy Spirit used our circumstances in their salvation. They received the Lord as their Saviour, began their new lives in Christ, and already have a family of their own!
Indeed, the Holy Spirit uses our testimonies and circumstances to illustrate the amazing wonder of God’s work of grace and the personal experience of redemption and transformation.
With prayer and utmost reliance on the Holy Spirit, God gives us the power to be a witness even before we say a word!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8.