Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Be Bold!

'For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.' 2 Timothy 1v7

When we become a Christian, we are given a portion of the Holy Spirit by God to live inside us (1 Corinthians 2v12). Jesus promised his disciples that this would happen back in John 14vv16-18, so that after he ascended to Heaven, having defeated sin on the cross, he would still be with them throughout all their persecutions and struggles.

The verse above highlights the strength he gives us today, to...

•Evangelize
Often the prospect of telling people about Jesus is daunting and scary. I know that's often true for me. But the Holy Spirit gives us power to speak to our friends and loved ones of the good news about our wonderful Saviour, so we need not be afraid or shy away from the opportunities that arise.

•Love others
Some people we know may infuriate us in the way they act or speak towards us. Or there may be someone who’s generally looked down on or ignored by many, and you feel afraid or embarrassed to get to know them or look out for them, because of what your peers might think. It can be so hard to do what Jesus told us to do in Matthew 5v44 and Mark 12v31.

It's great then that we have the Holy Spirit to help us love others we find hard to love. He can give us confidence to overcome our shyness, give us patience, and to forgive and serve one another. Because of this we end up being more like Jesus, whose love was so great for us he was willing to die and take on all our sin, so we can come to Him for forgiveness.

•Flee from sin

As we now follow Jesus, it is inevitable we will still struggle with sin and be tempted in situations every day to do things that will only end in hurt, pain and guilt - stuff God doesn't want us to experience, and Satan does, so he can try and pull us down.

The Holy Spirit helps us to turn, and run, away from the sin that we face. He reminds us of what we read in 1 Corinthians 10v13 and who we are as God's children as we walk in His light (Ephesians 4vv20-24)

Let's remember and thank the Lord fervently for the Holy Spirit inside all of us who have put our trust in Jesus, and let’s ask God to help us be bold in Him as we start this academic year, so that we may be active in sharing our faith (Philemon 6) and live our lives wholly for His glory.

In Christ, xox

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