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The Holy Spirit works is so many ways. At 19 months old, Helen Keller lost her hearing and vision. She had not yet learned to speak. Yet this young, girl child overcome the odds, and grew up to become a symbol of triumph against the overwhelming adversity. See here for a moment, how the life and achievements of this intelligent and sensitive woman presents a physical reflection of how a Christian should relate to the guidance of the Holy Spirit works from within.
Is it possible to know beyond doubt that something you cannot see really exists? Some would say “yes”, so long as I can hear it, smell it, or touch it. But the application of your existing senses can fail. It is a common occurrence for a pickpocket to walk away undetected. The victim can go for hours without ever missing the stolen object. Consider also how easily you believe in the existence of the air beneath a bird’s wings.
Without sound, can you ever be certain that moving lips are producing intelligent words? One needs only review the bible story of a priest that accused a woman of drunkenness because her lips moved without sound. Yet Hannah was speaking the most important words of her life.
With your eyes closed, and your ears sealed, can you by touch alone distinguish a difference between water and milk? Perhaps. At least if you know that there is a word for each liquid and you also know the definition of what makes them different. But how great would be the task, if you had no concept of language, communication, interpretation, and application?
Up until March of 1887, this world that lacked definition encompassed the entirety of Helen Adams Keller’s existence. But on that day, a day that Helen Keller always identified as “The most important day I can remember in my life”, a lady named Anne Mansfield Sullivan can into her world to lay change to the wilderness that accompanies a life without sight, sound, understanding, or communication. This, my friend, is an example of how the Holy Spirit works within individuals.
I asked you how the blind could be certain that an object, person, or place really exists. I asked you how the deaf could be sure that moving lips are producing intelligent sounds. I asked you how one without knowledge of language and communication could come to understanding of unknown things. I wrote of utilizing the existing senses. But now I write of a more powerful means of coming into a realm of certainty.
By learning to trust the word of a personal guide, Helen Adams Keller grew into an intelligent, thoughtful, and self-sufficient woman. Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came into the life of Helen Keller as a stranger, yet she grew to become a guild, a teacher, and a trusted source of information.
Now in the case of Miss Keller and Anne Sullivan, it is interesting to read that Anne was also once blind herself. She regained sight through a series of operations. What a wonderful conclusion to this article. You see: I too was once blind though in spirit rather than in flesh. But then came conviction, and the Holy Spirit, and knowledge of truth. My heart opened and Jesus entered. Then, just as Anne Sullivan used her new eyes to lead Helen Keller into a new way of life, I seek also to use my new heart to lead others to know the same Jesus Christ that I know.
Someone once asked me how I could be so certain that I was saved, how I was so sure that I knew the one true and living God, how I could be confident that the bible was not man-crafted. The answer is simple: I trust my guide.
Come to Jesus now. He has promised to make you whole in all things.
“7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you,” (John 16:7-15).
Physical, Mental or Emotional Infirmities — God Can Make a Way Out of the Darkness.
God can heal your physical and emotional infirmities. He can also heal your mental afflictions. Don’t linger in the edges of darkness. Call now and receive the wonder of an everlasting love from an everlasting God. Let us help one another. Let us learn to trust and persevere until the victory becomes real before our own demons.
The Holy Spirit works to bring Christians into the fullness of God’s promise. Don’t let current circumstances and hardships hinder your blessings. Respond now and with the expectations of great things in the works. Amen.