The power greater than our fear

Compromise, fear, insecurity, these are powerful emotions that bind us from living the life Jesus intends for us. Peter must have claimed one of these emotions as he stood warming his hands by the fire along with the very officers who came to arrest Jesus.

His fear must have been so intense to deny he was ever with Jesus, “But he began to curse and swear, ‘I don’t know this man you are talking about”.  Mark 14:71.  We can relate to the heartache as Peter wept over his weakness.

How did Peter change?

Have you ever asked yourself how Peter changed?  How did he transform into a man God used mightily for the kingdom?

Then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”  Acts 4:8-13

By the Power of the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to stand in front of the rulers of the people and elders, and declare the resurrection power of Jesus.

This time he doesn’t shrink back!

This time he acknowledges Jesus to the influential people of his day!

This time he stands in boldness!

Will you claim the Holy Spirit’s power in your life?

Women, let’s put away insecurity and be done with its power to push us to compromise.   Your education, your status, nor your personal abilities have anything to do with the power of God in you.  It is a spiritual discipline we all must practice to put away thoughts that conflict with the Word of God.  We are women who are equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit.  Let your mind dwell on these truths!

Jesus told the disciples a Helper would come after He ascended to heaven.  This Helper gives Peter, the disciples, and you and I the ability to live like Jesus.

It is time to claim His power,

Be filled with His power,

And walk daily in His power!

These promises were given to you!

As you read these promises, ask God to help you claim the Truth about the Holy Spirit in your life.

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  John 16:12,13

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. I Cor 2:12

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. I John 3:24

Dear Jesus, thank you for being the God who chooses to forgive and give us second chances.  Thank you for giving us the Helper, Your Holy Spirit, who gives us everything we need to live and look like You!  Oh Jesus, I desire to be filled with Your Spirit, to be used for Your purposes.  In Your power, I stand against the spirit of insecurity and fear, for Your glory alone.  Amen.

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My Shopping Fast

Like many of you, we are on a tight budget.  Problem is, I like to shop.  Okay, that’s an understatement.  I love the hunt for a sale, the smell of new leather, the texture and weaves of fabrics, even the excitement of a new bag of groceries.  Is it obvious?  I can get out of control.  So, I’m fasting this month.  Not from food, but from shopping.  Whenever I have the impulse to shop unnecessarily, I’m staying put.  I’m exchanging the desire with more productive things.  And I’m not doing it alone-I’ve asked my Heavenly Father for help.  Help honoring my husband in this matter, controlling my impulses, and managing our financial priorities.

It’s now the third week of this shopping fast, and it is getting tough! Today I drove past the Galleria and thought about going in to browse.  The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, reminded me, “Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.  Do not turn to the right nor to the left. Turn your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26,27).  I didn’t listen.  I turned right and parked.   I paused for a moment after stepping foot into the store, then stubbornly took the escalator to the woman’s department.  I sifted through the bargains and picked a few to try on.  I can always justify a sale!  Again, the Helper told me “Flee”.  This time I listened.

As I drove home, tears filled my eyes.  Not from guilt or shame, but gratitude that God has given me the Helper to guide me into a life that is honoring to Him.  He doesn’t force me into action; instead He speaks to my heart and gives me power for daily living.  It’s up to you and me to listen, respond “yes”, and then experience the freedom that comes from walking closely with our Lord.  This is what it means to “Walk in the Spirit”.

Whatever the battle you face today, will you let your Heavenly Father know you need His help?  You can trust that the Holy Spirit, your Helper, will do His job by guiding you into all Truth.  Ask Him to help you hear His voice and to respond, “Yes, Lord”.  Then come back and tell me how He blesses your life!

 

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On My Nightstand: March 2011

lady with books

  1. Forgotten God, Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, by Francis Chan, David  Cook Publishing.   Hooray for Francis Chan!  His heart is sold out to Jesus.  Says Chan, “The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do.  The Spirit will lead you to the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and this is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be.  The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be”.  I am using touch points of this book for discussion in our Woman Gone Wise Bible Study.
  2. Embracing Your Second Calling, by Dale Hanson Bourke, Thomas Nelson Publishing.  I recently picked up this book because I want to live passionately the second half of my life.  I’m gathering different insights to ponder.
  3. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School,  by John Medina, Pear Press.  My family is intrigued with the brain.  I’ll let you know about this later.
  4. Boys:  Shaping Ordinary Boys into Extraordinary Men, by William Beausay II, Nelson Publishers.  I love this book!  I carry it everywhere and read snippets at a time.  I pass along a paragraph or a great idea to my hubby.  He has his own long reading list, and this way I’m not asking him to add to his pile.  It’s a good way to encourage Team Parenting!
  5. 1,000 Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Ellen Notbolm and Veronica Zysk, Future Horizons Publishing.  Our oldest son has Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  What parent of a special needs child couldn’t use more ideas for daily success?!
  6. My Bible.  There’s one of these on the fireplace mantle, in the van, in my purse and on my nightstand.
  7. Cooking Magazines.  Because I can never get enough.

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