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Pentecost Is Coming!

Acts 1:8

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We’re coming upon the season of Pentecost (1st Sunday of June). Pentecost is considered the time or season when we are to especially honor the Holy Spirit. If we have ever had a hard time witnessing our faith – I want to suggest to us to spend more time in prayer – seeking the Holy Spirit power that Jesus promised in today’s passage. It really isn’t optional – as I read the Bible – to tell others about Jesus. If Jesus is real in our lives – if we have experienced the saving grace of Christ – we have to tell somebody.

Today’s passage – during a time when Jesus was ready to ascend to the Father – tells Jesus’ followers to go and tell someone. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Shortly after Jesus said these words to His disciples – the Holy Spirit came upon them. The Holy Spirit came upon the Disciples and all those gathered who were waiting for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:12-17 – 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”  It speaks of 120 plus disciples of Jesus gathered together to wait upon the Holy Spirit.

When the Spirit fell on them – they became bold and began to witness their faith. It might not have been their thing. They may have been shy by nature – even introverts. But when the Holy Spirit came upon them – they began to witness in Jerusalem and out into the far corners of the world (in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth).

I want to suggest that if we are emboldened by the Holy Spirit – we too will witness our faith in every circle of our influence – at work – in the home – in the community where we live – at the gym – and everywhere we go. Again – if we have trouble witnessing – I would urge us to seek the Holy Spirit – and remember that it is not optional to tell someone about Jesus!

Minister Taeron Flemming and I will be preaching sermons about the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit soon. I pray that these words fall on fertile ground in our spirits and that God will awaken us more and more to the Holy Spirit.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – Please pray for our denomination this week as our Judicial Council meets to rule on some very significant issues. Thank you.

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April 24, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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