There are some of us that think like this: I am a shy person. How does Merriam-Webster define the word shy?
- Easily frightened: TIMID
- disposed to avoid a person or thing
- hesitant in committing oneself: CIRCUMSPECT
- sensitively diffident or retiring: RESERVED
- SECLUDED, HIDDEN
- having less than the full or specified amount or number.
There you have it. I think that most people are thinking of shy as the definition in number 4 above explains when they tell you that they are shy. There are some who use shyness as a reason or perhaps an excuse for not doing something that is required of them in any given situation. Being shy is an outward manifestation of what is deposited in the soul.
The soul is a repository of every experience that a person has ever had, usually complete with pictures, emotions and attitudes. When the Bible says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, I believe it is referring to the soul. The deposits on the pages of the soul determine the words and actions that we take.
Depending on age, we have little or much that is imprinted on the pages of the soul. Depending on circumstances what is imprinted there can be good or bad and either encourages or discourages us. I believe it controls us to some degree.
The soul of a person contains his mental capacity, his will and his emotions and affections. In essence the soul of a person is what you encounter when you meet them.
There is another way of seeing the soul, and that is defined by personality. By this I mean, is the person reserved or are they outgoing.? I have a friend who sees other people as friends she hasn’t met yet. She loves to talk to people and has many “friends”.
There are other people who are more reserved, quieter by nature, they have a harder time speaking with people they don’t know. They have a few friends with whom they are very close. They may even appear to be aloof, but in reality it is their personality.
So far I have been speaking from the natural standpoint. There is one factor that can change all of this and that is the experience of meeting Jesus the Messiah. This experience is life changing. Perhaps I should say that it can be life changing.
When a person asks Jesus to come into their life because they see that this is a good thing to do, their experience may be true or it may not be. Some people have been “scared” into accepting Jesus into their life by someone telling them that they will go to Hell if they don’t.
It is good to receive Jesus into your life; by receiving Jesus you are brought out of the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God, which is light and Heaven becomes your destination. But, many who claim to be Christians (Christ ones) have never had a real experience with the Savior, repented of their sin and turned to Him for salvation. It can be mental assent and that is not the true conversion experience.
When you truly see that it was your sin that caused Jesus to be crucified, it breaks you, it changes you, there is no other way. He is the only way. When you ask Him for forgiveness, you experience being “born-again”. Your human spirit becomes new, this is defined as a new creature, a new creation, something that never existed before. If you have not experienced that, if I were you I would question whether what I have is true.
While the spirit of a man is made into something that did not exist before, fashioned for the Kingdom of God, becomes “a son of God”, the soul remains the same as it was. There is usually no change but some have experienced an instant release from destructible habits.
The Word of God states that it is by hearing the Word preached, by fellowship (hanging around) with the people who are like you now, and reading and studying the Word of God, that your soul will be changed. This is a process that will go on your whole life. It is that your soul will become like Jesus when He walked on the earth. It is to fit you for Heaven as well as to equip you to do the work of ministering for the Kingdom of God on the earth.
I am shy therefore I can’t…….. The Word of God says: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
If you have been born-again, if you have taken your soul to the Word of God, if you fellowship with other believers on a regular basis, if you have asked God to fill you with His Holy Spirit, if you have done all you know to do promote and strengthen God’s Kingdom on the earth, if you pray earnestly for the things that are on the heart of the Father, then your soul will be transformed and you will no longer be timid, reserved, hidden, but you will choose to do whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do. As someone said, “Sometimes I just do it afraid.”
When someone says, “I am shy.” I think, “They are self-centered not God-centered.” When we are God-centered we can literally do the exact opposite of our natural temperament, our natural inclinations. That is why the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Jesus wants to live in us, with us and through us. He wants His Father’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. That is why He taught His disciples to pray that way. Father sent the Holy Spirit to indwell every believer , He gives us the power we need to live a victorious life here on the earth.
I trust that this message will help you to see that you really can do more for God than you thought you could. Draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit and you could be another Billy Graham, another Rees Howells or another John Kilpatrick. All things are possible to those who believe. Only believe!
In His love,