• Jill Jarrell Newsome

"Shoulder Taps"

"When we get to Heaven and ask Moses what it was like to part the Red Sea, or ask David what it was like to slay Goliath?" They will turn to us and ask, "what was it like to have the Holy Spirit, Himself, living inside of you?" Wow! I read this on social media a while back and cannot get it off of my mind. That could be the whole blog! I have never thought about that! Today someone sent me a video about "shoulder taps" and I love the analogy. A perfect demonstration of what we have that Moses and David did not have. The Holy Spirit.

A man was in a restaurant and he felt God tap him on the shoulder and tell him to go speak to this elderly lady and tell her she looks beautiful. He tried to ignore it but he realized it was something he had to do. As he was leaving he walked by the lady and bent down telling her, "if no one else has told you today, you look beautiful." The lady said, "I know your spirit. My husband died a year ago and that is what he would have told me." He said the woman was blessed but he was enormously blessed. The more we feel those shoulder taps from God, the more in align with Him we are and what a wonderful place to be!

I have always called them nudges but either way we need to be listening for the nudges or feeling the shoulder taps. Usually it comes as a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit but there are times I feel like they are more like an elbow. You know, something that you have to do. You cannot ignore. Sometimes when I am busy or do not want to do what He wants I like to think it is just a passing thought. This prompting is clearly not from ourselves. It is God speaking to us through His Spirit.

Nudges from the Holy Spirit provide amazing opportunities for us to work beside of God to bring Him glory. He places these opportunities in our lives and then nudges us to do what we are to do. 1 John 4:13 reminds us, “This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit." God, the Creator of the universe, the Lord of Lord, the King of Kings, lives in us! And the Holy Spirit is so in tune with us and we do not see or understand. He allows us to see things we might never have seen. He makes us pay attention to things we may have never paid attention to.

What would you tell David or Moses it is like having the Holy Spirit living inside of you?


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