Prompted by Holy Spirit
(Listen to Kyle’s story by clicking the white play button at the top of this post. You can read the transcript below.)
Hey, my name is Kyle and my wife and I, and our kids, we live in the Dallas, Texas area and are part of a ministry that loves to share the gospel and make disciples. For over 12 plus years, God has called us to really travel the United States to share the gospel and, and honestly, to begin to listen to the Holy Spirit. I didn’t grow up like that, you know, my parents and my brother and sister, we were believers, who grew up in a very conservative church. And that’s not a negative term, but I was just really never introduced to the role of the Holy Spirit. So as we were going out, you know, with the ministry, teaching and training people how to share the gospel, it was becoming clear that we needed to depend upon the Holy Spirit. And that language is weird because it’s divisive.
As I’ve interacted with churches of large and small, conservative and charismatic, whenever you say, “the Holy Spirit” that like did you say, “the Holy Ghost?” What did you mean by the Spirit of God or the Spirit of Jesus and it just becomes this like to me Jesus says, “I have to leave so that I can give you the Holy Spirit.” And I think for me, I had to learn what it meant to listen to the Spirit of God. Do I really trust His voice in Romans 8:14? It talks about those that are led by the Spirit of God are called sons of God. And I wanted to know, what does it mean to be led by the Spirit and, and at times, it meant tuning in to Him and tuning out everything else.
I was specifically in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were doing what was called “Revive Twin Cities,” and I was getting ready to preach at a church called Celebration. I was in the parking lot and I knew what was happening. We had rented out the North High football field, a high school in Minneapolis, kind of one of the rougher parts of the community but we love being there. You know, it’s cold when their nickname, their mascot is the Polar Bears. Okay, so like this is the cool environment that we’re in but I’m getting ready to preach and we’d rented all of the sound equipment. We rented all the chairs and the tables and the stage and all the lights and everything because we’re going to have an outreach for, you know, multiple days, a week outreach. This was going to be our home base. I needed $33,750 by basically noon that day. Here I am preaching and I’m like, “God, nobody knows that I have this need. How on earth am I going to talk about this provision?” And God just said, “Just trust Me.” In fact, I heard very clearly through the Spirit. And when I say “hear,” like it’s something that in my mind, I actually hear in my head. It’s not audible, but I hear this phrase, “bless the feet.”