Marysa Bonnema lives in Montreal, Quebec and has graduated from School of Ministry’s Heart and Advance Modules. She...
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 NIV)
I love the way Holy Spirit speaks to my heart through simple, yet meaningful, scripture. While I was briefly reading through the book of Acts, I noticed Acts 4:13 had been highlighted with bright pink highlighter. As I glanced at the verse, my heart was struck and I felt Holy Spirit directing me to re-read the verse. As I did, I found myself wondering, what does courage look like? Am I someone who is living a life of courage? What stood out to me was the fact that “they took note these men had been with Jesus.”
It became clear to me that courage cannot be attained through our strength, but it fills our hearts through fellowship with Jesus. True courage is produced as we focus our gaze steadily on Jesus, who is fully alive today, and dependence on Him leads us to witness the beauty of what we have dwelling within us.
Are there circumstances in your life that are weighing you down? Is there a situation you feel Holy Spirit calling you to face? Yet, is there doubt within you that is pulling you to stay within your comfort zone? Are you struggling to find the courage to even open yourself up to the Father? I have answered yes to all these questions in my own life as well. It is in humility and quietness before Him that we recognize our need for a confidence that cannot be built up through our own strength. True confidence and courage begins with being vulnerable to Him, because it is through weakness we discover Jesus, our strength. He produces the strength and courage within our hearts to love others deeply.
Jesus is more than willing to fill your heart with every spiritual gift and blessing because this is our inheritance. The book of Acts states that the people who saw Peter and John were astonished, and they took note. Personally, I believe if we desire to boldly reach out to the world, we need to be willing to first BE with Jesus.
Why not take time to be with Jesus today? As we open ourselves up to Him, He will willingly deposit within our hearts the courage we need to reach out to others.
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