And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. — Acts 4:31, ESV
As we face trials in our lives, we always have a choice to make in those times when it comes to our perception of Jesus. We can run away, declaring him to be impotent, out of touch and uncaring. So, instead of drawing near to Jesus and experiencing the reality of the Holy Spirit personally, we retreat experiencing nothing new except discouragement, disappointment, and bitterness.
However, we have this other choice. We can run to him and experience life from his perspective, which is true reality. And as we draw in to Jesus, he provides us with what is needed to continue to move forward in the mission that he has given to us.
If you’re in the area tonight (Claremont, CA), join us at 6:30pm at Purpose Church Claremont for FLOOD, our young adult worship service as I teach on this from Acts 4:23-31 (472 N. Mountain Ave, Claremont, 91711). If you aren’t, join us live online at www.floodnow.com. If you can’t make it live, go ahead and subscribe to the FLOOD podcast and download tonight’s message.
Hang in there, friend, with whatever is going on in your life. God has a purpose and is in control. He adores you. And for those who are reading this and are experiencing so much pain that it is almost unbearable, hang in there. Jesus is coming. In him is healing and life.