October 13, 2019: SOAP #3601:  Nehemiah 9-10; Acts 2 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 1:4 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.| Acts (NIV) 2:2  Suddenly a sound like the blowing […]

October 13, 2019: SOAP #3601:  Nehemiah 9-10; Acts 2

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 1:4 On one occasion, while he waseating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, butwait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.|
Acts (NIV) 2:2  Suddenly a sound like theblowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house wherethey were sitting.

Observation:   Theyhad been told to 'go into all the world' but then they were told to wait.  Then, in a moment of time, everythingchanged!  Suddenly!  Suddenly they were empowered and equipped togo into all the world. 

Soon and suddenly are two different words. God's suddenly does not always happen soon enough for me, but it is worththe wait. 

Application:   Whenthe Lord tells me to wait, I can be assured that it is worth waiting for!   I findthat I am thinking too small.  God hassomething better and bigger in mind. 

Suddenly God gives me a thought or word that changes my perspective.  Suddenly God gives me insight to a scripturepassage.  Suddenly I receive a phonecall.  Suddenly I hear a song on theradio.  Suddenly I see inspiration insomething along the road.  Suddenlysomeone lifts my spirit or my thoughts by something they say.  Suddenly I become aware of God's Presence"suddenlyGod speaks and everything changes!  

Suddenly a word is impressed in my mind. Suddenly I know what needs to be said or done.  Suddenly I have faith to interject myselfinto the ongoing process. 

Prayer:   HolySpirit, I am finding that you often work in the 'suddenlies.'  Help me be ready when you bring a 'suddenly'my way.  May I respond in faith andobedience.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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