From Fear to Freedom
The Holy Spirit moves men from fear to freedom in sharing the good news, just as the men of Pentecost experienced firsthand: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit said to them, ‘Rulers and elders of our people are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene” (Acts 4:8-10). I could probably word this with a little more finesse but that was pretty ballzy of Peter. I didn’t hear any hesitancy or a need to be politically correct. Remember this was soon after the Jews ask the Romans to kill Jesus, not too long after Peter denied Christ. If I’m not mistaken this little dialog was placed in the Bible for all God’s men to hear. I didn’t hear any lack of confidence at this point from Peter did you?
Peter’s journey from fright and fear to freedom and fearlessness is a testimony to what the Holy Spirit wants to do in all of us in our context. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter was no longer living for an audience of many but for an audience of one. This is witnessed by his total lack of concern for the opinions of those he was speaking with — the spiritual heavyweights of his day. The difference between Peter A (the one who was scared by a little girl into denying he knew Jesus three times) and Peter B is the Holy Spirit.
Every God’s man has been given different gifts, different speech and different abilities. He is certainly aware of our uniqueness, after all He made us. The one thing that sets every God’s man apart is that we all have God’s Spirit within us, just like Peter. He then gives us the confidence to represent him the best we can. We are unique, one of a kind. Use what he has given you. This is the one time when it’s all about you and what you have been given.
Thank you Father, you have created me special, to meet special people.