Holy Spirit and I (21 Jun 2020)

The sermon by Brother Richard Lai on the ‘Holy Spirit and I’ spoke to me about how privileged we are!

Validates my salvation
There are times in my life that I feel that I don’t deserve salvation… when I succumb to the lies of satan, “You don’t deserve to be saved” “How can you as a follower of Jesus do this?” The Holy Spirit reminds me that I am a sinner saved by grace not by works BUT it…

Obligates me to godly living
It is easy to fall into the temptation of thinking “we are only human, Jesus knows our weaknesses” which gives us a “Get out of jail” card. I remembered vividly Tim Wiarda’s sermon long time ago. His challenge was, if we are honest, we don’t obey the entire Bible – we remove sections that seems “too difficult” for daily living. His words and through BSF, I was challenged to “Be holy as He is Holy”. I repented of things that I held on to for a long time and now will spend time in the morning to ask the Holy Spirit to examine my heart and my actions for areas that are not right with God.

Cultivates my growth
I have started reading Acts of the Apostles past few weeks and the Lord spoke to me about how radical the church was in the early days. Reading the 1st few chapters of Acts, I marvelled at the power of the Holy Spirit and the boldness of early church.

During the pandemic, I am challenged with being home with less work and so decided to volunteer in 2 areas – Willing Hearts, a soup kitchen and Project Providence, a migrant (guest) worker initiative started by a group of believers. Through Willing Hearts, I learnt about people in our communities in need and marvelled at people coming together to cook and pack food for the poor. As I learn about the need to serve physical hunger, my eyes are open to the spiritual hunger in the heartlands of Singapore. More than 80% of Singaporeans are unreached!

I am currently befriending 2 Bangladeshi guest workers – One of them has since gone back to Dhaka and the other waiting for medical treatment. I thank God for the opportunity to rely on the Holy Spirit to be a witness. By listening to Him through prayer, I was able to share stories from the Bible with them. Even though they are of a different faith, I learn to build bridges through focusing on what we have in common and praying that His word will help them to discover God for who is truly is.

Thanks for reading. I will leave you with 2 questions:
1. How will you cultivate dependence on the Holy Spirit in your life?
2. What steps will you take to obey the command in Acts 1:8 – But You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth?

 

Sister Linda Tan