When the Holy Ghost enters our lives

Once while I was addressing a group of teen-agers at a shelter for runaways, a young man suddenly exploded with anger and let me know in strong words that he did not appreciate my being there. Although I tried to explain to him that I was there because I cared for all of them and that together we could learn more about how much God loves us, he went on to threaten me with physical harm. I felt a rush of anger sweep over me.

I now had to deal with both my own anger and his. At the same time, I knew that I had to purify my own feelings before I could bring healing to the situation. Looking away from him, I prayed. I recognized that the battle was not between him and me, but between the Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, and evil. In silent prayer I asked God to help me identify him with the same love God expressed for Christ Jesus when he said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17. I realized that this truth applied to all God's children, and that this young man—and the rest of us—were actually His offspring. Also, remembering the spirit of Jesus' command to the devil in the wilderness, "Get thee behind me, Satan," Luke 4:8. I ejected with a sense of spiritual power the anger and tension that I was feeling. I affirmed that divine Truth's omnipotence and omnipresence were actually present and that everyone within that room could express receptivity, humility, and love.

Second Thought
September 18, 1989

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