I have come to learn that spoken words are not necessarily the highest form of communication for the Christian. Teaching is amazing, we all need deep biblical teachings that resonates in our hearts, spirits, and lives. But recently I met with an old general of the faith. Our connection was deeply meaningful but as I left that moment I realized I didn’t receive the wisdom I was looking for in words, rather I received an impartation of the Holy Spirit that communicated something far beyond words.
There was a dramatic, demonstrative shift in my reality. It wasn’t because I was given an easy 1,2,3 step of methodology. What I received was a living impartation of the Spirit. For years we have used that phrase as the description of the messages that we put forth from Shulamite Ministries. Not another method but a living impartation has been our motto. I am seeing anew just how meaningful this is to our lives.
I have witnessed this time and time again as people’s wide open receptivity is met with the Holy Spirit’s dynamic power. Lives are changed through the impartation of His Life not the mere communication of a doctrine or creed. Again I’m not saying that preaching has no benefit, because it deeply does. But I do know that if teaching is not met with the POWER of the Spirit all that will remain is head knowledge with no life.
Here is a transcendent fact: No one can remain the same in the presence of the Spirit. While in His presence we are given the opportunity to make a choice, and ultimately there will be change, for Him or away from Him. So why wouldn’t the living Spirit of Christ in me do the same thing as I move through this world? Why would I not expect change in those who meet me because He is present in me? I shouldn’t!