When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)
What will happen to you when you spend time with me? That is a good question. That is a question that has no short and simple answer. That is a question that no doubt will have answers that will unfold in different ways during the entire course of my life. I now know some of the answers to your question. Many answers to your question are completely unknown to me, at this time. Start with what you know. I know that I will be changed in your presence. You will make me to be more like you every day as I spend time with you. How so? I will come to know you. I will come to love you. I will come to be fully devoted to you. I will begin to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. I will live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Why is that? As I spend time in your presence, I will come to know your will. As I spend time in your presence, you will help me to walk in your ways. You will make me able to resist temptation. You will make me able to stand against evil. As I draw near to you, and submit myself to you, the devil and all his evil will flee from my life. Yes, all these things will happen to you as you spend time in my presence.
What will I do through you as you spend time in my presence? You will make me to be a bold witness for you in the world. You will make me able to speak and act with courage. You will make me able to shine brightly for you in the darkness of the world. You will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will do all these things through you as you spend time with me.
What will others notice about you as you spend time in my presence? Others will notice that your light and life is shining and being lived out in and through me. They will see your love and kindness and mercy being expressed through me. Others will want to come to know and love and follow you because of what they see of you in me. Yes, this is what others will see in you as you spend time with me. Will you make spending time with me the priority of your daily life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I am tired of being timid. I lack courage and boldness. I want to be powerfully used as your witness in the world. Help me to shine brightly for you. Give me courage and boldness as I spend time with you. Cause others to take note that I have been with you. Amen
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