Faith Over Fear
Updated: Apr 9, 2020
A look at Sunday's sermon on choosing to lean into the Holy Spirit instead of giving into fear.
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Pastor Ben shared a great word with us this past Sunday continuing on our series of Revival. He spoke about the power of the Holy Spirit and the need to seek the Holy Spirit now more than ever. Pastor Ben also mentioned the state of the early church after Jesus death. This really got me thinking. Everyone was scattered, isolated, and in fear. This also made me think about the state of the church today. We could easily be, and some definitely are, in the same state now.
You see, not understanding what was going on around them caused the disciples and followers of Jesus to live in a state of fear. Fear for the future. Fear for hope being false. Fear of death. I believe these are things we can relate to easily during the present state of our world. What does our future hold in the midst of executive stay at home orders and rising death tolls? What can we put our hope in right now? Our answer is the same as it was back then. Jesus is all we have. Jesus is our hope and our life.
I know when all this chaos started, I thought a few days in my home with my family was a small thing to give to help others. Maybe even a blessing to slow down and spend time together. Now that days have turned to weeks, I am still counting myself blessed to be with my family, but the fear of the unknown began to set in. I burrowed into my own life and the comfort that comes from my kids and husband. I binged some shows and wasted time on social media at night, and continued on with life as normally as possible during the day. I did not reach out to anyone other than a few family members. Then I realized, as I began to burrow deeper into my little bubble of life, I was forgetting the people, the community, that God has placed in my life. We as City Light Church have been talking about being “better together” for a few months. Now is the time to remember it the most.
We cannot experience the revival God is calling us to if we do not remember to seek Him together. We also cannot experience revival without the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Holy Spirit brings power and comfort to us. I can think of no better time than now to seek Him. Pastor Ben encouraged us to, “lean into, press into, and pursue the filling of the Holy Spirit,” this past Sunday. He also encouraged us to not only let life, “just go on for the church, but to grow on!” We need to be stronger in our faith for ourselves and those around us.
So how did the early church do it? They did two key things. Acts 1:14 says, “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” First, they came together. God has empowered us with amazing tools and technology where we can stay connected in so many ways while we maintain safe distances. Second, they were united with one cause. They were united in their pursuit of the Holy Spirit.
I encourage us all today, myself included, to use these next few weeks to seek God, rest in His presence, lean into His peace, and ask Him how we can be a vessel to help connect others to Him. Now is the time for us to be the church. We have to stay connected to God and to each other. Let’s show love like never before to our families,friends, neighbors; our community God had placed around us.
written by Lea Ann (student pastor)