Diamonds Bound For Heaven

2 Corinthians 3:18  “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Believers are like diamonds in the rough; a phrase defined by Merriam-Webster as “one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement and polish.”  Natural diamonds look rather ordinary, but cutting and polishing brings out their true beauty and brilliance.  God is the Supreme Diamond Cutter who knows the perfect way to cut for maximum brilliance and sparkle.   He cuts to remove our flaws.  “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Through the Holy Spirit and His Truth, God cuts the facets of Jesus’ character into our lives.  We are transformed into His likeness by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), and sanctified by the Truth of His Word (John 17:17).  We are cleansed and polished “…by the washing with water through the Word” (Ephesians 5:26), until the brilliant light of Jesus shines through us.   If a diamond doesn’t catch your eye or flash in the light, it’s probably not a well cut diamond.  So how well cut are you?  Is your life catching the eye of others for Jesus?  No matter how imperfect we are, in the hands of God and under the counsel of His Word, believers will be cut and polished until we increasingly reflect His glory and ultimately enter heaven as a perfect, flawless, clear diamond.

The words from the James Bond theme song claim “Diamonds are forever”.  Apparently that’s not really true for earthly diamonds, but if we are one of God’s spiritual diamonds, we believe in Jesus Christ and are promised eternal life (John 3:15).  All people are promised eternity, however, not all are destined for brilliance in the eternity of heaven.  Some are destined for eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).  On earth there are those that use the profits from diamonds to wage war or oppress people.  These are called “blood diamonds”.  They may look pretty, but their value is used for evil.  If we are not being cut and polished by our belief in Jesus and the study and application of God’s Word, then no matter how great we look, we too will be used for evil for Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me…” (Luke 11:23).   We cannot be neutral.   We are either being cut and polished by God or by the enemy, being used for good or evil, bound for heaven or hell.  Do we think of our non-Christian friends and family that way?  Who are the “blood diamonds” in your life that need to be redeemed by the Lord for His good purposes?

How are you being polished by God?

What flaws does God need to remove from your life so you can better reflect His glory?

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Above Water

Romans 15:4  “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

When inviting someone to Bible study recently, the woman responded by telling me that she didn’t have time and was just trying to “keep her head above water” in her current circumstances.  I could hear the tiredness and hopelessness in this person’s voice.  I picture her treading water struggling to keep her head from going under.  The problem is that no matter how strong we think we are, under our own power, everyone will sink at some point even in calm waters.  But God has given us His Word to give us strength to endure and hope to buoy us. He has left us a record of how He has helped His people throughout history, kept His promises and fulfilled prophecy so that we can trust Him now and for our future.  He has given us His word, His promise, that He will be with us and help us (Isaiah 41:10), and that our “…momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).  This is what keeps believer’s heads above water, and no matter how tough our circumstances are, we can always look forward to something better.  It’s not that as Christians we never worry, get weary or overwhelmed, but that when we do, we know where to turn, “…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).  How is God’s Word giving you hope?

When I find myself treading under my own power, reading God’s Word reminds me of His goodness and strength and helps to calm me down and float upon the waters of life.  The shape of an object has a lot to do with whether it will float or sink.  If we are shaped by God’s Word, then we will increasingly resemble Jesus and be better able to float rather than sink under our circumstances.  In Matthew 14:28-32, Peter responded to Jesus’ words and imitated Jesus’ actions and was able to walk on water.  Shaped like Jesus, he was able to stay above the water, but when he focused on his circumstances, he became fearful, lost that shape and started to sink.  Do you have the shape of Jesus to keep you afloat?  Are you looking to God’s Word to learn how to imitate Jesus?  If not, will you like Peter cry out to Jesus “Lord save me!” so He can pull you out of the water before you sink? Let God’s Word be the life jacket that keeps your head above water, and like the words from the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, let His great faithfulness and powerful Word give you “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”

Whom do you know that is struggling to keep their head above water and needs to hear God’s Word?

How is God’s Word helping you to endure in your circumstances?

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Strong Hearts

Psalm 119:28 “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

We are told in the Bible to write God’s Word on our hearts (Proverbs 7:3), to fix it in our hearts (Deuteronomy 11:18) and to lay it up in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33).  So when the psalmist asks to be strengthened by God’s Word, he is asking to have his heart made stronger.  It’s interesting that God designed the human heart with involuntary muscle which means it’s life-giving work does not require our help.  Like eternal life, it is a gift of God.  We don’t have to do anything to make our heart function, but we have free will to choose how to care for it, to either keep it strong or allow it to become diseased.   And just as the food we eat can affect the strength of our physical heart, so to can the spiritual food we consume affect our spiritual strength.  Feeding on God’s Word (reading, meditating, studying, memorizing), provides the perfect food to remove the blockage of worldliness and sin allowing our spiritual hearts to function as God intended; to love Him and others, to delight in the things of God and to endure the trials of life.  But when we feed on anything other than the bread of life, our spiritual strength is drained and our hearts become damaged.  We are promised that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33).  When those troubles come, will you be found with a weakened heart from lack of feeding on God’s Word?

Strengthening our spiritual heart also requires using it.  My husband and I have a good friend who jokingly theorized that like Hummingbird’s, we only had so many heart beats in our life, and he didn’t want to use up his any faster by exercising.  But we know that physical exercise helps strengthen the heart and lack of exercise weakens it.  Hippocrates explained the principle behind strength training when he wrote, “That which if used develops, and that which if not used wastes away.” In other words, “Use it or lose it.”   Exercising God’s Word (obeying and applying it) builds our spiritual strength, and we don’t have to worry about how many heart beats we use because as believers who live eternally, we have an infinite number.  The more we apply the Bible, the stronger our faith becomes and the more we can face life victoriously.  The Apostle Paul new this and spent his life strengthening believers.  To this day, he still is through his many writings in the Bible.  He was and is a spiritual strength trainer with a great desire to strengthen the believers he knew and supply what was lacking in their faith (1 Thessalonians 3:10).  Paul knew that being strong in their faith would keep Christ’s disciples from becoming unsettled or led astray by their trials (1 Thessalonians 3:3).  Like Paul, the author of Psalm 119 found strength in God’s Word; knowing it and obeying it was his great desire.  Is that your desire as well?  If you have had an improper diet and a sedentary life, will you choose to be strengthened according to God’s Word?

Where will you find your spiritual strength?

For whom does God want you to be a spiritual strength trainer?


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No Sting

1 Corinthians 15:55  “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”

  I think one of the best gifts family members and friends can give to each other is the knowledge that they will be in heaven after they die.  It can be a great source of comfort both while they are here on earth and after they have gone on to heaven. Though this verse in 1 Corinthians is speaking of Jesus’ victory on the cross removing the consequences of sin for a believer, I experienced a new understanding of it this past December with the passing of my 87-year-old mother.  With the assurance that she was victorious over death and now in the presence of God and Jesus in heaven, I have also realized that the sting of her death has been removed for me as well.  Before becoming a Christian and studying God’s Word, the thought that someone might be in heaven was not that great a comfort to me.  They were just sentimental words.  I wasn’t sure I believed in heaven, and even if I did, I didn’t really know what it meant.  The death of loved ones still stung, but becoming a believer and studying God’s Word changes one’s perspective.  It’s not that we don’t grieve, but that we grieve differently.  We no longer grieve “like the rest of men who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13).  People who are not believers see their loved ones who have passed away as just gone, but believers see them as in the presence of the Lord.  So we grieve with hope because when a believer dies, it is not the end, but the first day of the rest of the best part of their lives. Shouldn’t that hope remove the sting? 

     The promise that we will be in heaven when we die is only the beginning of the good news.  God’s Word says much about heaven which can be a great source of comfort, joy and peace in the passing of believing loved ones.  From John 14:2, we know that when Jesus went to heaven, He went to prepare a place for us.  I can only imagine how perfectly appointed that place will be when designed by the One who knows us best and always does more than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20).  We know that heaven is God’s dwelling place, and wouldn’t the Creator of all beauty make heaven something wonderful to behold?  When Jesus hung on the cross, He said to the criminal next to him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).  The Greek word for paradise means an Eden.  Merriam-Webster defines Eden as a place of pristine or abundant natural beauty. So we know those who have gone to heaven are in a beautiful place.  We know that believers in heaven are sinless because they could not be in the presence of our holy Lord otherwise, “…without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).  We know that believers in the present heaven are absent from their bodies (2 Corinthians 5:8), so they are no longer trapped in bodies and minds that are deteriorating.  They are in a place where things cannot be destroyed (Matthew 6:20).  And in heaven believers know the full extent of God’s great love for them as they are in the presence of the One who is love (1 John 4:16).   This is only a small amount of the information in the Bible on heaven, so if the sting of a loved ones death is still with you, will you turn to the Scriptures to learn more?

     Dietrich Bonhoeffer once preached, “Death is hell and night and cold if it is not transformed by our faith.  But that is just what is so marvelous, that we can transform death.”  It is this transformation that removes the sting of death.  He also referred to death as “the last stop on the road to freedom.”  My husband jokingly said that he wasn’t ready to buy a ticket on that train ride yet, but as believers, we can have an excitement in the anticipation and preparation for that trip and have joy for those who have made the trip before us.  So do not grieve as though you have no hope for though the bee may land on your arm, it has left its stinger in hell.

How has the sting of death been removed for you?

How might you be grieving as one who has no hope?

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No Need For Insurance

Acts 17:23  “I even found an altar with this inscription TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.”

  Paul is speaking here to a meeting of the Areopagus, a group of leaders who oversaw religion and education in Athens in a pagan culture which worshipped many gods.  This altar to the “unknown god” strikes me as a kind of insurance policy, a form of risk management, just in case there was some god out there they didn’t know about.   These gods were made of human wisdom and imagination, yet these people didn’t trust themselves to think of everything.  Though they prided themselves on their wisdom, this altar was an acknowledgement that their wisdom was lacking.  Some people today say they believe in a “higher power”, but not the God of the Bible.  Wouldn’t that also be worshipping an “unknown god.”  Like the pagan gods, what you can know about this “higher power” is limited to the human imagination and thus a form of self-worship.  “Those who make them will be like them, and so will those who trust in them” (Psalm 115:8). No two “higher powers” would be the same, so how does one get to know such a god, and what power can they actually have?  Jeremiah 10:5 tells us that they have no power.  “Do not fear them: they can do no harm nor can they do any good.”  And since they are made in man’s image, they will also certainly fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  It’s an insurance policy that won’t pay off.  So why are people so willing to worship such gods, and yet so opposed to worshipping The God who created the universe and all that is in it?

   Maybe you can’t imagine worshipping such an “unknown god.”  Maybe you say you believe in the One, True God, but do you really know Him, or do you care enough to know Him?  If we have access to knowledge of God but don’t seek it out, we are still worshipping an “unknown god”.  To know someone, you must have a relationship with them.  You have to listen to them, to hear what they have to say and to experience life with them.  Are you listening to God’s words in the Bible?  Are you experiencing life through His Word, or is God just a superficial photo on your Facebook page?  God gives believers a heart to know Him and promises to be our God if we turn to Him with all our hearts (Jeremiah 24:7).  Our hearts are strengthened as we exercise it by applying His Word to our lives.  Then the more we know God, the more reasons we will have to worship Him.  Our hearts were made to be filled with His Word, and if they are, we won’t need an insurance policy for “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).

Are you filling your heart with God’s Word or has something else taken its place?

Is your aim to know the One, True, Living God and to cause others to know Him as well?

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Hebrews 4:10  “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work,  just as God did from His.”

Dear Readers,

  I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read Your Word is Truth, and for your encouraging comments.  To God be the glory.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to give me insights to share as we go forward into 2012.  I will be resting from this work for a few weeks to enjoy my family and take a vacation, but will return with a new post, God willing, on January 16th.  Though I will be resting from writing, I will not be taking a break from seeking God in His Word, and I pray that you won’t either.  Have a blessed Christmas and a joy-filled New Year. 

In Christ’s love,

Denise

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A More Perfect Gift

Isaiah 9:6  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.” 

  I remember how exciting it was as a child to open presents on Christmas morning; so exciting that my brother and I often awakened very early while it was still dark out, turned on only the Christmas tree lights and sat marveling at the tree and presents.   We had to wait until a decent hour to rouse our parents out of bed, and while we waited, curiosity would overwhelm us.  We would begin to carefully open the ends of the wrapping to try and see what the gifts were.  We couldn’t wait.  While I don’t get quite that excited about opening up earthly gifts now, I do get excited about opening up God’s Word and His spiritual gifts.  Through His amazing Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit, God continues to unwrap for believers the perfect gift of His Son, Jesus.  “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you” (Luke 8:10); given to those who follow God and believe His Word is true.  Usually as you unwrap a gift, what you find inside is smaller than the package.  But as you unwrap God’s gift of His Son, you find that Jesus gets bigger.  As you learn something about Him, apply it to your life and give Him away to others, God reveals more of this mystery of Christ to you.  “Whoever has will be given more…” (Luke 8:18).  It is truly “the gift that keeps on giving,” and there is no limit to the number of times you can re-gift Him.  Not only does Jesus keep on giving, but He becomes a more perfect gift with each new insight we receive about Him.  How has He become a more perfect gift to you this year? 

  For me it has been realizing more fully why Jesus had to die on the cross.  The Bible reveals that Jesus was fully man and fully God.  We are told in Hebrews 9:27 that “Man is destined to die once…” Death is part of the human experience.  So for Jesus to be fully human, He had to experience a physical death.  “…because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).  He could not just be removed from earth like Enoch (Hebrews 11:5). We are also told that Jesus is our great high priest who always lives to intercede for us. That he is able to sympathize with us because he “has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  Bible Study Fellowship notes point out that most humans give in to temptation long before they feel the full force of it.  Jesus suffered that full force yet withstood it. The Bible Knowledge Commentary argues that “only One who fully resists temptation can know the extent of its force.  Thus the sinless One has a greater capacity for compassion than any sinner could have for a fellow sinner.”   We don’t even know the full force of our own temptations let alone those for all of humanity.  And when Scripture says that Jesus has been tempted in every way, it was hard for me to fathom that in His short 30 years on earth, He experienced every temptation known to man.  But you realize it is true when you understand that in His death, He experienced every sin and temptation past, present and future for all of mankind.   So whether Jesus experienced these things while He walked on earth or while He hung on the cross, I know that He is perfectly prepared to intercede for me, for us, in every way.  His training to be our great high priest was finished, and He can save us from every temptation.  Jesus came to us as a child and a Son, but He left us as a man and a Savior.  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

How excited are you to unwrap God’s gift of Jesus?

To whom will you re-gift Jesus this Christmas?

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Eternal Vision

Ecclesiastes 3:11  “He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

   If God has put eternity in our hearts, is it any wonder why people try so hard to live longer?  God made us in His image and He is eternal. He remains the same and His years never end (Psalm 102:27). When God created man, He breathed into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7); breath that was eternal.  So it’s in our DNA to want to live forever, and we spend much time, effort and money attempting to prolong life and remain youthful. The search for the “Fountain of Youth” has been around for thousands of years, and people will probably continue to search for it, without success, until the earth ceases to exist. But as the saying goes:  “We’re barking up the wrong fountain.”  Genesis 2:9  tells us that in the middle of the Garden of Eden was the “tree of life”, not a fountain. According to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, the Garden of Eden’s tree of life was a means of preserving and promoting life for Adam and Eve in their blissful state.”  But Scripture tells us in Genesis 3:22 that after the fall of man, God commanded that people could no longer eat from the tree of life and live forever.  So no matter what advances are made in life-prolonging products, medicines, or activities, ultimately old age will catch up to all of us as my husband and I are sadly witnessing with our elderly parents.  And while taking care of ourselves and staying healthy is good, we need to remember that it is only with a transfusion of  Jesus’ blood that anyone can achieve eternal life, and that life lived in the Spirit and by God’s Word keeps us spiritually vigorous.

  If only we put as much effort into our spiritual lives, which are eternal, as we do trying to maintain our earthly lives.  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where wrinkles, and gray hair and arthritic joints destroy (my amplified interpretation, Matthew 6:19).  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).  Definitely something for me to think about as I look in my bathroom closets and drawers at the small treasure chest of products I have collected attempting to prolong the inevitable.  Where is my heart?  Is it so focused on physical life that my spiritual life is lacking vigor?   2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to “…fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  We need eternal vision which we find through the lens of God’s Word.  Like putting on night vision goggles that allow you to see more clearly in the dark, God’s Word helps us to see spiritual things more clearly through the darkness of our physical world.  If our focus is on eternal and spiritual things, we won’t be as disheartened by the effects of aging.  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).  The good news is that God will return to believers the right to eat from the tree of life in the “paradise of God” after Jesus’ return (Revelation 2:7).  But in the meantime, where will you fix your eyes?

What is limiting your spiritual vigor?

How are you being renewed day by day?

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The Face of Christ

2 Corinthians 4:6  “For God who said, ‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

   For those of us who are visual people, things are more easily understood or learned if we can see a picture or create a picture in our mind.  When Scripture speaks of the face of Christ, I want to be able to see His face.  But the Greek word for face does not just refer to the physical features.  It includes the countenance which is defined as an indication of mood, emotion, or character.  So Jesus’ face reveals who He is, that He loved us greatly, suffered for us intensely and rescued us for eternity.  It’s the knowledge of Jesus through God’s Word that draws the picture of His face in our minds and hearts.  Just as a composite sketch is drawn from witness descriptions, so is our picture of Jesus as we witness the power of His Word and see the evidence of Him working in our lives.  Every time we learn something new about Him, His face becomes more clear.  Would your composite sketch of Jesus’ give others a clear picture of who Jesus is?

  Unfortunately, our memories are not very reliable witnesses.  Often our memories dim, or disappear all together, and Christ’s features which we were once sure of become faded.  We forget because when we learn something from God’s Word, we don’t put it into action.  “Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:23-24).  We forget because we don’t remember His faithfulness to answer our prayers, or we don’t even pray at all.  We forget because we don’t memorize His promises.  We forget because we don’t have our eyes fixed on Him by making time to study His Word.  To keep the vision of Jesus sharp, we need to have His face in front of us always; to see daily who Jesus is and what He has done, for “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” (Hebrews 1:3).  How reliable is your vision of Jesus?

  Since man was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we should also be able to see the face of Christ in ourselves and other believers, but sin has distorted that image.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror…” (1 Corinthians 13:12).  We will not look fully like Jesus until He returns, “…what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).  We are like a precious work of art whose true beauty has been covered by centuries of dirt.  The Holy Spirit is restoring us to our original beauty.  As He cleans up the areas of sin and disobedience, we reveal more of Jesus. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”(2 Corinthians 3:18).  The more we are transformed by the Spirit and obey God’s Word, the more we will look like Jesus, and the more we will lead others to Him.  How much of Jesus do others see in your life?

What must you do to be able to see Jesus more clearly?

What must you do for others to see more of Jesus in you?

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Premium Fuel

Acts 4:31b  “And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.”

   As I am in the study of the Acts of The Apostles this year, I am convicted by the power, provision, and plentiful results these Spirit-filled servants of Christ experienced as they spoke the Word of God.  Acts 4:33 says they spoke “with great power.”  Acts 4:20 speaks of their compelling desire, “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  And Acts 14:1b tells of their success, “There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed.”  These examples have caused me to examine my speaking, or lack there of, for Christ.  How Spirit-filled is my speaking?  I have no problem sharing Scripture, but when it comes to specifically sharing the gospel message, I sadly fall short of the power displayed by Christ’s disciples in the Book of Acts.  If I were truly Spirit-filled, I would be compelled to share the gospel with others, not shy away from it.  I would speak it boldly and with the Holy Spirit’s power, not rely on my own abilities.   I may have received my Holy Spirit “gas tank” when I became a believer, but it is not always filled with His premium fuel.  I keep mixing in my own cheap fuel and getting less mileage.

  While recently attending a “Sharing the Gospel” Bible study seminar, the question was asked: “What is holding you back from sharing the gospel?”  As I reflected on that question, I realized that when I have shared the gospel message, it has been in the form of a letter so that I can compose my thoughts and pick just the right verses to share.  Not that writing a letter is wrong, but in my case it was becoming “cheap fuel” because I was trusting in my own ability.  I didn’t feel confident speaking the gospel because I didn’t trust the Holy Spirit to give me the words when I needed them.  In Matthew 10:19, Jesus said to His apostles, “…do not worry about what to say or how to say it.  At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” And John 14:26 teaches us that the Holy Spirit can remind believers of everything Jesus has said.  If I truly trusted in the Holy Spirit, I would believe in His ability and strength to do this.  I would confidently expect Him to give me the words to say.  Like in one of those trust exercises, I would free-fall backwards into Holy Spirit’s arms trusting Him to catch me.  In the act of trusting, we become less, and there is more room in our Holy Spirit “gas tank” to be filled with His premium fuel.

    In spite of this revelation, I planned on going home and reviewing everything from the seminar, writing out what I would say and rehearsing it.  Old habits die hard.  But God had another plan, and the very next day before I could prepare myself, He gave me an opportunity to learn to trust the Holy Spirit.  I was with someone whom I felt needed to hear the gospel message, but because I hadn’t prepared, I decided to do it another time.  However, the thought kept coming to my mind “What if she were to die before I got myself ready, before I had everything rehearsed?”  Studying God’s Word and preparing is important, but I thought, “I am in my 15th year of studying the Bible.  How can I be so timid?”  So I parked the car, and free-falling into the Holy Spirit’s arms, I began to ask her questions, share the gospel and pray with her.  Not only did this build my faith in the Holy Spirit, but it also gave me a sense of relief because now that I had trusted Him for the Words, I could also trust Him for the results.  When our words are spoken with a demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power, people’s faith will not rest on our wisdom, but on the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:4).  So what is holding you back from sharing the gospel?

Whose fuel is filling your Holy Spirit “gas tank”?

How often are you compelled to speak about Jesus?

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