Welcome, we are now going to be using the book of Acts for our next set of devotionals. This book is the transition from the life of Christ to the new church. Matt 16:18 Jesus promised “l will build my church.” In Acts we are shown how that process began.
Acts follows the outline Jesus left, that they will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8). The first 7 chapters show the church in Jerusalem, the next 5 show Judea & Samaria and the rest to the outposts of Roman civilization, which I see as the ends of the earth.
As we progress we look forward to learning and sharing things that we may either be aware of or not aware of and we hope to bring you many moments and thoughts of things that hit home for you. May we all be blessed on this journey.
Verses 1 — 5 remind us what happened before his death and leading to his death. He gave proof he was alive and appeared to them over a 40 day period of time speaking of God’s Kingdom. They were told to stay in Jerusalem until the “Gift promised was given,” this was the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:6-8 They asked him “Lord, are you at this time, going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus said,” It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
There are so many things we have questions about and want answers for now. I’m sure even in Jesus’ time it was the same. However, they are told to wait just as most times we may be told to wait. I’m not a good waiter. I’m an immediate results type person. But what Jesus answered them then, easily applies to us now, as well. Sometimes, it is not for us to know yet. Everything happens in God’s timing and only He has the power for the correct answers. We should consider that we will receive the power when we allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and allow him to work in us and for us.
I think we can scarcely imagine what we would be able to accomplish if we ever truly committed to waiting for our answers and allowing the Holy Spirit to totally take over.
These are my questions to you today:
Can you wait for God to answer what is ahead of you at this time or is it an emergency that requires a decision now?
What do you think you can accomplish with the power of the Holy Spirit if you let him have full control?
Lord, we are an impatient people. Help us to slow down and wait on your leading and let us feel your leading and know it’s from you. We wait for your answers and your power to indwell us as we grow in our relationship with you and others. Amen