“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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