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A Significant Pause

Wednesday, May 31

A Significant Pause
By: Pastor Shane Beauvais

In Acts 1:8, Jesus says to the disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Have you ever thought about the significance behind this promise? The physical presence of Jesus speaking these words would greatly encourage the disciples. After all, they witnessed His ministry day after day. However, as they gathered after the first Easter, knowing what had occurred in the resurrection, they probably felt discouraged, somewhat frustrated, and maybe even a bit anxious.
Nonetheless, they wait as those still reliant on the Father’s faithfulness, as those who recognize that they do not influence the schedule of God, believing with the hope that the same God who always gracefully permits adequate time is never late. Put yourself in the disciple’s position. Have you ever experienced such a time of waiting?
This waiting period, often referred to as a “significant pause,” requires an obedient commitment while waiting. What often goes unnoticed during this “in-between time” is the difference between discerning the power of the Holy Spirit and the power of our conscience. Please do not confuse the two; they are not the same!

In seasons of waiting, it is easy to confuse the Holy Spirit’s leading with our conscience, especially when the outcome of choice resembles something we desire. In such times, it is easy to accept straightforward or evident options because of the ease of access, especially if it fits our end goal. Can this be good? Sure. Will it last? Maybe. Is it the best option? No. Why? Because the power of the Holy Spirit will always speak louder than our conscience if we listen carefully!

When the power of the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart, answers prayers, and makes the impossible possible, it is not always within the quick, simple things that demand little effort. No! When the power of Holy Spirit grabs the heart, it is never a short-term “feel good” option that offers nothing in the way of long-term witness. Friends, an obedient commitment to His voice over your own will always empower you to be extraordinary witnesses, dismissing the straightforward choice of ordinary and making room for Holy Spirit to do the extraordinary. What voice gets your attention? The all-powerful or the powerless?

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