Boldness

Alice Bones

Ministry, like everything else, has had to change lately. At the Ministry Center , it’s hard not to put an arm around a hurting client or hold their hand while praying for them. And having a heart-to-heart conversation is difficult when you are wearing masks and social distancing!

Usually at the Center, however, there is still a feeling of joy. Even if we are short-handed and busy, and a “not-so-nice” client arrives, you can still feel the joy. Typically, after we’ve helped that “stinker” client, God sends in a client that is a joy filled believer that lifts us up.

But during this past week, there seems to be a heaviness everywhere. I was feeling it and so were many of the volunteers. Our clients all seemed down and hopeless. Have you felt it? Is it the pandemic and all the changes we’ve had to endure? The oppressive heat? The current social unrest? Or is it the enemy trying to rob us of our joy?

While I was lamenting about the heaviness, a wise volunteer reminded me that this is nothing in light of God’s Kingdom plan. Look at the early church that we have been studying in Acts. As Pastor Eric has shared, this was a time when persecution was ramping up towards the early believers. I would have been afraid and would have just wanted to retreat. But instead, they realized all that had happened was planned and predestined by God. And they prayed,

“And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness…..When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31.

If we are feeling discouraged and “heavy,” wishing all this would just go away, remember that God is in control. We just need to ask our Lord to fill us with the Holy Spirit and concentrate on speaking His truth with boldness. After all, this time is less than a second when comparing it to eternity.  

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Sue Lovelace wrote:
Amen, Alice! Do not let any one or any thing rob you of your joy in Jesus Christ! Hard times come and hard times go, but the Lord we serve is eternal.

Fri, July 24, 2020 @ 8:06 PM

2. Phyllis Wheeler wrote:
You articulated our "feelings" and our response to those "feelings" perfectly. Feelings come and feelings go, but the word of God and the Holy Spirit in us are eternal.

Sun, July 26, 2020 @ 8:44 AM

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