You may have heard the name Corrie Ten Boom. Most of us would be hard-pressed to compare our “first world problems” with that of a woman who hid, housed, and cared for Jews during the Holocaust. In addition, Corrie, and some of her family, spent time in prison and concentration camps. While most of us have not experienced such hardships, I think we could all say that at times, life is simply hard and we may wonder if we will be able to find the strength to survive.

One of the amazing things about Corrie Ten Boom is that not only did she survive, but she was also the instrument that provided life and hope to so many others in their darkest hours. She did not however do this in her own strength or even with the strength of others. Her strength came from her Lord. Corrie is quoted saying, “Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.”

In John chapter 15, Jesus tells us that in this world, we will be hated because of our love for the Father and our loyalty to him. But the good news is that we are not alone! We have a friend, an advocate, a Spirit that defends us and reminds us of the truth. John 15:26 says, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me.”

There is a reason that John places two verses reminding us about the power that comes from the Holy Spirit amid a passage on persecution. We need him! He longs to help and comfort us in our distress. And in that pain and suffering, when we rely on the strength that only the Spirit can offer, peace, assurance, and boldness naturally flow out of us.

What challenges are you facing today? You may not be physically imprisoned as Corrie was, but are there burdens holding you captive? Do you wonder if you will have the strength to face another day? Call out to your Abba. You can even stand, or sit, with open hands, envisioning your hardships and longings being handed over to Jesus. The Spirit provides supernatural strength. He is your Advocate. He is your defender and he will fight for you!

Lynette Fuson
Care & Counseling Director

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