Lately I have been thinking a lot about my life and how it is evolving almost on a daily basis. I used to be a terribly shy, deeply introverted and extremely fearful girl and would be first caught dead before airing my opinion in public (Please not that in this case, Public = 2 or more people!) Right now I am leading a school where together with a 36- member staff we disciple 115 children through a Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. The girl I described has practically flown out of the window and I can still hear Jesus whispering some dramatic pictures of the future the latest being a part of this crazy group of friends that is out to plant 1000 churches by 2040. Only 22 years away!
When I stop to think about it, there is no way the Lynnet I knew 24 years ago can be the Lynnet I see today and who she is yet to become. The only explanation I can think of is summarized in one word: THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit has enabled me to overcome what had become deep freezing fears and insecurities, causing me to step into this powerful confident girl ready to dream along with Jesus to become a catalyst of spiritual, social and economic renewal.
In Acts chapter 4, a story is told of two men who were made to stand before the Sanhedrin to explain an event that had just occurred. Peter and John’s crime was healing a lame man on the Sabbath! The Sanhedrin was the supreme council and had it’s own police force that could arrest people and even impose the death penalty. So for Peter and John, to be standing before these powerful men should have been intimidating to say the least. The account of what follows is an example of what happens when ordinary people are filled with the Holy Spirit.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
And Peter goes on to declare boldly that the Jesus whom they had crucified was raised from the dead and that the same stone they rejected had now become the chief cornerstone. Peter could have been killed for saying this publicly! After he was done with his defense speech, this is was the Sanhedrin’s reaction in verse 13;
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
It was clear to even those who were not on their side that Peter and John had been with Jesus. When Peter stood up to address his momentary judges, he spoke from the position of having been filled with Holy Spirit. He was no longer the untrained and uneducated local fisherman. He was this powerful man who could boldly declare the truth he knew even though it could have cost him his life! This is a totally different Peter from the one who denied Jesus three times in a row because he feared for his life.
This boldness did not stop at this event. After they are released, they recount the story to their friends and they raise their voices in prayer together. Instead of running, they ask God to…..
29 ……grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
God answered their prayer!
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
What has God been whispering in your ears? What dreams are floating around in your mind that seem to be Big, Hairy and Audacious? Who does the world think they know and who is God saying you can be? If you have doubted all of it because the world around thinks you are ordinary, plug into the Holy Spirit. He will turn you from ordinary to extraordinary. Those around Jesus had no idea who He was until He began to unleash the power within (i.e when His time had come.)
2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?”
Plug into the Holy Spirit. He is your Super Power Source.