Courage from the Holy Spirit

I have been reflecting on my last trip to South Asia where I was amazed by the courage of the followers of Christ in the face of persecution. How is it possible to have the courage, energy and power in the face of such abuse to bring transformation in the name of Christ?

As Easter rapidly approaches, God challenges us to ask ourselves: Do we indeed believe in the Crucifixion, Resurrection and the Power of the Holy Spirit?

Do you believe with all your mind and soul that “He Has Risen”? If you do, do others see Christ in you?  The same power that came upon the disciples at Pentecost is in us as the power of the Holy Spirit.

It has moved from Jesus to us.

My recent mission trip to South Asia confirmed what the Lord has been showing me. It is not enough to live a life of a Christian and not share the gospel, and neither is it enough to preach the gospel and not live it. I had the humbling experience in South Asia to meet faithful followers of Christ who had a passion for sharing the gospel, and the compassion for seeking out the suffering and loving them despite severe persecution. Everyone who met them including their Hindu persecutors saw Christ in them.

They live the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

After finishing our training of Vital Signs, Health and Hygiene, Wound and Burn Care as well as Newborn Care they took a covenant with the Lord as they prayed.

The Covenant

I recognize I am a child of God, learning how to love one another with compassion through the Teach To Transform Training.

 I must remember that I am not the answer to the problem.

 I must remember I am not a doctor.

 I must remember that this training builds bridges to the gospel for the Glory of God and the expansion of the Kingdom.

I today pledge to be an ambassador of Christ through the skills I have learned through the Teach To Transform Training.

They then recited this scripture:

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.

 How do we show we believe that Christ has Risen? The mark of your belief is how much you care for those who are suffering around you.

Matthew 25: 37-40
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

With our salvation comes the responsibility of The Great Commission. Are you at the foot of the cross?

God speaks to me saying:

Don’t tell me that you are filled with the Spirit when you don’t give me your time.
Am I impacting the Kingdom of Heaven in my daily walk or am I too busy?

Don’t tell me that you are filled with the Spirit when you judge your brothers and sisters.
Do I wake up every morning and throw off my cloak of brokenness and run toward the divine appointments Christ has for me with love and compassion?

Don’t tell me that you are filled with the Spirit when you are embarrassed to speak my name.
Am I courageous in my witness or am I too nervous to offend someone?

Don’t tell me that you are filled with the Spirit when you are paralyzed with Fear to Go into hard places and seek out the suffering and love them in my name.
Am I like the courageous Christians of South Asia who run forward in confidence with the Armor of God?

If Christ came to me today and asked, “Tom, what one thing do you want from me?
My answer would be, “Please Lord give me the eyes to see what you see and hear what you hear.”

For His Glory,
Tom

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