January 25, 2018: SOAP #2975:  Exodus 12-13; Psalm 21; Acts 1 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 1:1 In my former book [gospel of Luke], Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles [...]

January 25, 2018: SOAP #2975:  Exodus 12-13; Psalm 21; Acts 1

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 1:1 In my former book [gospel of Luke], Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days, you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Note verses 8,16)

Observation:    As in his gospel about the life and ministry of Jesus, here in the very first chapter of Acts Luke emphasizes the important role of the Holy Spirit.   In the book of Luke, it was the presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit that moved Jesus into ministry.   Here in the book of Acts, it was the presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit that moved the church into ministry.   The church could only continue the ministry of Jesus under the anointing of the same Holy Spirit as Jesus.

Application:    And it is the presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit that moves me into ministry.    I can only continue the ministry Jesus started by being filled with the same Holy Spirit as Jesus.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, you knew that I was not able to live like you have called me to live.   So, you gave me the Holy Spirit to live through me.   I surrender to you.   Holy Spirit, live, speak, and move through me, I pray.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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