From The Unfamiliar To The Familiar – Friday, March 22nd, 2019

My elderly friend now receives around-the-clock care. Her caregiver is a Mongolian woman who obtained a visa for her- self and children to come to the States. She could neither speak nor read English. She taught herself the language by watching TV and reading subtitles. Her knowledge of America came from a friend who had emigrated earlier. But she says that many people helped her along the way. She courageously entered a strange country on the word of a friend and made a new life for herself.

When the Holy Spirit draws us from our sinful life into a life of faith, our experience is similar. We know very little about the life of faith we have just entered into with God. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, but we wrestle with understanding just what that means in our daily lives. We try to read the Bible, but so much of it is still a mystery. Simply, we don’t understand the language.

Yet, God does not leave us alone in our life of faith. The Holy Spirit remains steadfast to the task of “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), so we will grow deeper in the knowledge of our Lord.

We must enter the life of faith with courage and conviction, trusting the Spirit to guide and direct us through the process until He has grown our new life to maturity.

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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