Day 16 (My day 22)

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Today’s blog entry is from Frances Chan, I think you will be blessed by his insight. (His words blessed me)

Most of us know we can’t say with the Apostle Paul, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 TNIV) Rather than pursuing the Spirit-filled example we could be, we hide behind churchy statements like, “I’m just a man” or, “I’m not perfect, just forgiven.” That will satisfy most, but you know deep down that you’re not “just” a man or woman. You’re a temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.

I wonder how our Creator feels seeing His Spirit-filled temples living so normally. You know there’s more to what God has called you to. It’s time to take a step of faith. Honestly, a nonbeliever can accomplish a lot of what you’re doing. Pray that God would lead you into tasks that can only be done by the power of the Spirit. Pray for results that can’t be explained humanly. Ask Him to do what only He can do through you. Pray in faith (James 1:6) and stop looking at the men of Scripture as unattainable superheroes. “Elijah was a human being, even as we are.” (James 5:17)

Some of us are bold while standing in front of a crowd yet act like cowards when talking to individuals. We have enough socially awkward religious Folk who have no idea how to have conversations and develop friendships with nonbelievers—the world needs a new generation of believers lwho can “become like the Jews to win the Jews.” (1 Corinthians 9:20)

Finally  seek His approval rather than others’. It’s amazing how bold we can be when we’re aware of God’s presence. It reminds me of Stephen who, “full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55) Seeing Jesus gave him courage to stand peacefully as he was stoned to death. We are prone to do amazing things when we acknowledge His presence.

 


 

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