Touching the lives of others with the help of the Holy Spirit

Holy SpiritIt is interesting the effect that the Holy Spirit had on the lives of the men and women in the Bible and in particular the New Testament.  They went from cowering, fearful and timid people, hidden in the upper room and overnight they became bold, fearless and filled with holy courage, speaking in loud voices on the streets and in public.

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

This boldness put these disciples in danger. Their lives, their futures and their interests were endangered by this boldness, but that did not influence them.  How often when we are threaded or our interests are threatened we can lose our boldness.  But when the Holy Spirit comes on us we can lose those selfish fears and become supernaturally bold.  It was this boldness that caused many people’s lives to be touched and changed and as a result many came to know God and the church grew exponentially.
Perhaps your faith is a quiet controlled faith and you don’t want to offend anyone?  I pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon you and that you will be filled with boldness and that those whose reactions you fear will be astonished and that in the process they will find Jesus Christ for themselves.  May you be armed with holy courage!

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