January 26, 2018: SOAP #2976:  Exodus 14-16; Acts 2 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 2:16 [Peter addressing the large crowd that had gathered because people from Galilee were speaking in the home languages of the hearers.]   No, [they were not drunk] this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “'In the last days, God says, [...]

January 26, 2018: SOAP #2976:  Exodus 14-16; Acts 2

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 2:16 [Peter addressing the large crowd that had gathered because people from Galilee were speaking in the home languages of the hearers.]   No, [they were not drunk] this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

Observation:   These verses tell us what God will do, and what people will do.   He will pour out His Spirit; people will prophesy, see visions and dream dreams.   He will pour out His Holy Spirit on both men and women; both men and women will prophecy.    He will show signs in heaven and on earth; people who call on the name of the Lord will be saved!

Application:   If those living in the book of Acts were living in the last days, then today, 2000 years later, must be the last days also!     If God's promise about pouring out His Spirit was true for then, it also must be true for today!   Men and women share equally in receiving the Holy Spirit and ministering under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins.   Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to live in me and to flow through me.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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