“A voice of one crying out:
Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth, and the rough places a plain.
And the glory of the LORD will appear, and all humanity will see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
– Isaiah 40:3-5
I mentioned in an earlier post that, I believe a huge portion of the work that the Holy Spirit does in a person is to massively change their thinking and emotions so that they are able to effectively receive the blessings, lessons, and revelations of God.
The Holy Spirit makes the ground suitable for seeds of truth that fall there to become a great harvest. I know my mind has not always been the best place for seeds of truth to take root and multiply into a harvest. God has had to work on my thinking in order to make His truths more available and effective.
You can have the best of intentions and still ‘strain out gnats and swallow a camel’ (Matthew 23:24). It is possible to profess all the right things and still have jacked-up thinking and emotions.
Miracles in regard to making ‘a straight path for the Lord’ need not come through overtly miraculous means; an honest conversation will do the trick. A friendly greeting will do the trick. A hug will do the trick. We serve a big God who works through little things.
You might believe things that are true, but do you believe those things in a way that is productive? Below are two points that might serve as indicators of where you’re at:
– Do people avoid you, or do they come to you on their own volition to have real conversations?
– Are you joyful? I don’t mean that you have rationally convinced yourself that you have a ‘spiritual’ joy deep within; I mean, can other people actually tell that you are joyful, like, you smile and laugh?