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  • Writer's pictureMichele McCarthy

Not One More Step

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you?

However you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Romans 8:9 NASB

A cloud of smoke came out from under the closed doors of the sanctuary. It rose all the way to the ceiling, filling the complete back of the room. Floor to ceiling, the smoke drifted forward toward the church altar, filling the church from the back doors forward. Then the smoke suddenly stopped about sixty feet short of the pulpit. It never made it to the altar.

This was a vision the Lord gave me of the Holy Spirit. It left me with unanswered questions. Why did He stop before reaching the altar? Was He stopped by the church because He was not welcome there?

It also made me wonder if I am personally guilty of stopping the Holy Spirit. Did He have full reign over my heart? Have I failed to yield to Him in any way? Have I told Him in uncertain terms: “Not one more step!”

Scripture tells me I can quench (lack of power) and grieve (lack of character) the Holy Spirit. I never want the vision the Lord gave me that day to be a picture of my relationship with Him. I pray that I will always be open to a new thing God may be showing me.

Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? Isaiah 43:19 NASB

May I never close myself off to His leading. Just because it may be something I have never before experienced, it doesn’t mean it can’t be God prompting me.

Our faithful God relentlessly pursues us. He comes after us in very creative ways. He not only pursues us for redemption, He seeks to put His desires in our heart as we walk with Him. He is at the door knocking and He wants us to open that door to close, personal fellowship with Him. He wants to fill us with His love and power.

I can be assured that His offering is always good. I will gladly be His student forever. I want to step out in obedience, even when it pushes me way out of my comfort zone. It’s in those difficult moments I especially want to open my arms ready to receive all my Father has for me. Come Holy Spirit, come!


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Sydney Watson
Sydney Watson
Sep 23, 2019

Amazing dream, Michele! I will pray along with you about what your dream meant. That is interesting that it stopped before the altar.


Francis McCarthy
Dec 22, 2018

I love your first post. Congratulations!

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