Wait for the Promise of the Father

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wait for the promise of the Father

Wait for the promise of the Father….the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:6

In one sense the big picture of the Book of Acts is to show us how the life of Jesus goes on in the life of His Church. Here in our passage, we learn of the power that will enable these early believers along with believers like you and me today to live out the life of Jesus as His Church.

It was the Holy Spirit that empowered the early church and today may I say we need a refresher course on our dependence and desperate need of the Holy Spirit if we are to accomplish what God has for us to accomplish.

We often call the Holy Spirit the comforter without getting a full understanding of the meaning. The Latin word is fortis which means brave; the Holy Spirit is the one who filled the early believers with the strength, courage, and boldness to turn the world upside down. And He is seeking to do the same today with believers like you and me.

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Later in the book of Acts, we will see the boldness and the courage of the believers because of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. But let us not forget the beginning of this passage and let us begin to practice the principle of waiting. Yes, I said waiting, the apostles were specifically told to wait but some would argue yes they were waiting for Pentecost. Which of course they were, however, we can apply this passage to our lives today. Which is to learn not to move ahead of God but to wait for His leading, strength, power, courage and boldness.

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In the busyness and strife and pushing of life, we would do well to learn to wait upon the Lord. Do you need boldness to share your faith? Wait on the Spirit. Do you need strength to sustain the race of a life of faith? Wait on the Spirit. Do you need supernatural courage to face what God has you facing right now? Wait on the Spirit.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” – Isaiah 40:3`

I know your life is busy you don’t have to tell me, but could it be that the enemy of your soul and your flesh keeps you running and doing so that you won’t stop and get refreshed in the Spirit by the Spirit?

I challenge you to wait on the Spirit, slow down, get somewhere quiet and give Him time to refresh and renew you. You will find it challenging to accomplish but in the end, you will find it extremely rewarding.

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All That Jesus Began

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All That Jesus Began

All the things that Jesus began to do and to teach.” – Acts 1:1

In Lukes gospel, the author of this book the book of ACTS told the story of the life of Jesus upon the earth and now as he writes the book called Acts he goes on to tell the story of the Christian Chruch.

The gospel of Luke was only the story of what Jesus began to do and to teach. Jesus’ earthly life was only the beginning of an activity which knows no end. You see you could say, in one sense the whole lesson in the book of Acts is that of the life of Jesus continuing on in His Church.

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The Church continues to do the work of Jesus here on earth after He is first resurrected and then ascended to the right hand of God the Father. We learn as we read the book of Acts the Church carrying on the life of Christ. And that is what the Church should be doing today. “carrying on the life of Christ.”

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Today let us embrace both the privilege of salvation and the responsibility of people who have received salvation in Jesus Christ to continue doing His work, spreading His teaching, love, and message of salvation available to all men and women.

This fact also inspires us as we contemplate being the hands and feet of Jesus today in our community, workplace, family, and world. You and I as believers in Jesus are the ones get to bring Christ with us wherever we go continuing His work as we live out our daily life.

This fact might also motivate us after all so many people have mentioned they would never come to Christ based upon the Christians they have seen or know. I know it is an excuse but then again non-believers looking at Christians that do not resemble anything of Jesus are fueled by the enemy of their soul to accept their justification.

Imagine what Jesus could accomplish through us if we would take a fresh look at the book of Acts and the lives of the first believers and from their example learn to practice the presence of Christ as they did. Might I say we could change the world? I think I will after all who wouldn’t want to be part of a church that carries on the life of Christ.

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