“I Won’t Go Back” (song by William McDowell)

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Heard a worship song this weekend that impacted me deeply. The words went like this: “I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered. I’ve found joy, peace, grace, and favor. I can’t go back, I won’t go back to the way it used to be before Your presence came and changed me. I’ve been changed! I’ve been changed!

A tall girl at the retreat I attended began signing with motions to this song. The leader pointed her to the front to lead us. I cannot accurately describe with words the impact the Holy Spirit made through this woman. The personal expressions of showing with her hands how she couldn’t go back to her old ways and how the Presence from above changed her just about broke me. Why? Because you could see from her countenance and motions what she had to go through to experience freedom from shame, guilt, sins. The pain turned to joy and a transformation and gratitude you could taste. She was declaring by her actions-do you get it? I am different, I am no longer the same!

What an awakening to witness afresh that God’s spirit is alive and He is in the transformation business. I am so grateful that we have been given access into His throne of grace at any time-what a privilege! I don’t want to squander that opportunity by being distracted or in a rut just going through the motions of life. Are you alive, changed, healed, delivered? Don’t let this moment pass you by. No more chains, our past is over! Sins forgiven. Right now is the moment.

Each of us has the opportunity to affect our fellow brothers and sisters. Are you fanning your gift into flame, allowing Christ to live through you? Are you stirring yourself up in the Holy Spirit or just going through the routines of life?
Arise, shine for your light has come! Wake up, He’s alive! Draw near.

God bless this nameless, humble woman for illustrating her testimony and bringing a touch of heaven to us! I’ve been changed! And I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be before His presence came and changed me…

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7 Responses to “I Won’t Go Back” (song by William McDowell)

  1. ann o'connor says:

    Good word and well expressed!

  2. Lisa Ramsey says:

    I remember telling my sister not long after I was born again that I had turned a corner. I knew I had been changed forever and that I would never go back. Beautiful story Holly

  3. joni dodson says:

    Hi Holly, I love your words that say ” Are you fanning your gift into flame, allowing Christ to live through you”?

    That is a great visual of turning the little camp fire by giving it O2 into the bonfire of what Gods gift can become…..and He then can be seen from afar because of how bright and beautiful and big He is in us. Have a great day, miss you, Joni

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