Power of the Holy Spirit…

there’s a group of us that have been going through a discipleship curriculum called “sonship” by world harvest mission. one of the lessons calls us to share “justification by faith” with a non-believer. to do this takes courage. to do this also takes an understanding of our faith as christians. but more than these, to do this takes a dependency on the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do. i’ve stumbled and fumbled my way through sharing the gospel plenty of times and have a hard time communicating justification by faith without using the words “justification” or “faith.” what about you? do you ever feel ill-equipped or at a complete loss of words when you’re in a place to share your faith?

i believe that it’s in these moments that we’re supposed to move forward and depend on the Holy Spirit. i think that it has less to do with us than we think. i’ve seen and experienced people come to Christ through a fumbling and stumbling of words. and, i know that my revelation of God and Jesus Christ was not because someone convinced me, but because the Holy Spirit breathed life into me.

when will we trust in the power of the Holy Spirit? what will it take to let go of our limitations and press further into our life’s journey led by Jesus Christ? i’m not writing this as a criticism. i’m writing this to challenge myself and hopefully you to trust in the power of the Holy Spirit!!! let’s go… as Scripture says, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” and as it says in the next verse, i’m praying that he Lord of the harvest will send you and into “His” harvest field!!! (Matthew 9: 37-38)

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The Olympics and the Gospel…

The olympics have been a real treat and addiction for me this Winter. I’ve been watching as much as I can because the competition has been amazing (yes, I even watched some curling)! 😉 One of the stand out moments for me was Shaun White’s half pipe performances. He had done so well in the first heat that all he had to do to win gold was board right through the middle of the half pipe. What’s his response? He does some of the most amazing tricks that anyone has ever seen!

I was thinking about this and what freedom and grace does to and for us. Sometimes we think, “I’m covered by grace so there’s no need to try anymore.” Sometimes we worry about making grace cheap because we can’t seem to change. But what is we could experience the freedom that grace brings to a point where we live extraordinary lives. It wouldn’t be about trying to win anything anymore or trying to “make it.” It would be about living all out because we can and because failure wouldn’t change our status. We might do some amazing things that no one has ever seen or thought possible.

We’re like Shaun White about to drop in knowing already that the gold is in hand. The gospel has freed us given us a status before God that is unchangeable. So what will it be? Do you cruise? Or do you go for it? The choice is yours…