November 28, 2017 – The Holy Spirit Life! – Pr. Noleen Mendes
So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.—1 Thessalonians 1:6-7
It is apparent here that nothing could move the Thessalonians from standing on the Gospel message! They were filled with joy of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of Jesus and all He had done. No amount of suffering could sway their decision to follow Christ. They were unwavering in their faith so much so that their example spread far and wide to many other believers.
This is the Holy Spirit life and the way believers are meant to live! No fear in the suffering but joy in the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel message! Did the Thessalonians know that their actions were influencing other believers far and wide? Probably not. When we live out our lives with Kingdom power, we’re not in it for ourselves but for the glory of God. We don’t look at the suffering but we tap into the power of the Spirit to move within us! Joy in the Holy Spirit is manifested as we share the message of Jesus with zeal and passion, fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Father God, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who empowers me to live my life with zeal and passion for the Gospel message! I pray, Jesus, that I will be wise and effective in sharing this message of truth so others can also come to know You as their Savior. In Jesus Name…Amen!