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The Nudge of the Holy Spirit

Have you ever felt that Spirit-led nudge that pulls you to talk or pray with a stranger or friend about their spiritual life?

This kind of nudge is more than an intuition.

This is the voice of God inviting you to join Him in His redemptive work.

This nudge is God speaking to you through the Holy Spirit.

Detecting and obeying these nudges is one of the most important habits in personal evangelism.

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I think the nudge starts off as a feeling of

“there is something to do, but I’m afraid of taking that step.”

This kind of nudge grows heavier.  It is a sense of intense spiritual heaviness that God is underlining this person for you.

The longer you reflect on it, that feeling moves to

The Spirit of God is inviting you to participate in the work of drawing a person to Jesus.

You might call it a prompting, a leading, a nudge, but it clearly seems to be “not you.”

Examples of that nudge

I felt that nudge to go to the swimming pool area of my apartment complex. There I found my neighbor. 

He started a conversation with me about his spiritual life.

My friend Jimmy felt this kind of nudge when he noticed a man standing outside the door of a drugstore. 

He felt compelled to engage the man in a conversation. 

It led to a conversation that helped that man move forward in his journey to faith.

Pastor Richard White felt this kind of nudge to talk with a man whose car had broken down on the side of the road.

It led to a conversation about who Jesus is and what Jesus can do. (See this video Can Pastors Find Time for Evangelism?)

Remember Phillip in Acts 8:26 and following? When Philip was wandering on the desert road, he felt that Spirit- given nudge to approach a stranger on the roadway. Read Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.

Describing the experience

Have you felt that nudge?

How would you describe that?

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