Friday, January 4, 2013

Bold Faith - A Look Inside by Mark Paulson

A Look Inside
by Mark Paulson

You may have found yourself in situations where you were relatively joyful and find a heaviness or depression hits you when you go to various social functions. A good thing to remember is that the gifts are given without repentance (Romans 11:29), often meaning that they were always a part of your make-up before you believed. In view of this, it often takes a while to recognize them as being from God and use them with Holy Spirit guidance. In this case, you may be owning as yours what is actually someone else's emotions.

When this heaviness comes, don't immediately think you are at the whim of ever changing emotions; you may have felt this way most of your life. Stay in tune with the Holy Spirit that you might discern what is yours or not yours. There may be a gift in operation meant for you to pray for or encourage another person.

Remember that one of the key components of Jesus' miracles was that He had compassion on them first. When you think about what the Son of God's compassion is like, it's not a stretch to imagine that it's like an empathic response, where he actually feels their distress in a very real, first person way. So it is with you. When the Spirit leads you to be comfort and healing to someone, don't be afraid about what to say, as often a listening ear and them realizing that you feel their pain is the biggest part (it will resonate with their spirit that you feel what they're going through). As far as words to say - don't fear - he will give you the words ("do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say" - Matthew 10:19).

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