The Holy Spirit makes it possible

440 The Holy Spirit makes it possibleAre you ready to step out of the "comfort zone" and put your faith and trust in Christ? In the midst of a violent storm, Peter stepped out of the relative safety of the boat. He was the one in the boat who was willing to believe in Christ and immediately follow him: "Walking on the water" (Mt 14,25-31).

Do you know the situation in which you deny having something to do with a cause because it puts you in trouble? It often happened to me in my youth. "I would have broken the windowpane in my brother's room? Why me? No! "" Was it me who had shot a hole in the door of the shed next door with a tennis ball? No! "And what about when I'm accused of being friends with a revolutionary, a dissident, an enemy of the Roman Emperor? "But not me!" Peter denied Christ after his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane. This fact of denial shows how humane, weak and incapable we are of achieving something on our own.

A few weeks later, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, delivers a courageous speech to the assembled people in Jerusalem. The first day of Pentecost in the Church of the New Covenant shows us what is possible with God. Peter stepped out of his comfort zone a second time, filled with the all-conquering power of the Holy Spirit. "Then Peter came up with the elf, raised his voice, and spoke to them ..." (Acts 2,14 LUT). This was the first sermon of Peter - courageous, presented with all clarity and power.

The entire work of the apostles in the New Covenant was made possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. Stephen could not have endured his deadly experience if the Holy Spirit had not been present. Paul was able to overcome all obstacles to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ. His strength came from God.

On us, we are weak and incompetent. Fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit, we achieve all that God intends with us. It helps us out of our "comfort zone" - out of the "boat" - and to trust that the power of God will enlighten, strengthen and guide us.

With the grace of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost given to you, you can make the decision to step forward and leave your comfort zone.

by Phil Gale

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