Today’s Reading: Acts 1-2
Key Verse: Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
We may consider Acts 1:8 the key verse, not only for this chapter, but for the entire book of Acts. Here we have Christ’s plan, His command to carry out the plan, and the power to carry out His goal to reach the whole world with the Good News of His salvation. We, as believers in Jesus, can easily be diverted from this first and foremost of Jesus’ instructions. We may hide behind excuses such as, “I don’t know enough” or “I need to understand the Bible better,” and by such means escape our Jesus-given assignment to be witnesses. Jesus told us clearly that all we need to enable us to share the Gospel is the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus now for the Holy Spirit to come upon you. Begin praising Jesus out loud as long as the volume does not offend others, and start witnessing to someone you meet. Remember, just seven weeks earlier, Peter could not witness to a waitress.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, John the Baptist said of You, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” That’s me Lord. I’m one of Your believers. I’ll open my mouth, make a sound, and You, Holy Spirit, as Acts 1:4 says, will give me utterance. I trust You to give me words that will communicate with You, (see 1 Cor. 14:1-6) and communicate Jesus to people. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying until I experience Your Holy Spirit’s fullness, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I knew that the Holy Spirit came upon me when I gave my life to Christ in December, 1951, but it was in June 1952, that the Holy Spirit came upon me with power to witness. That July, I led a man in a prayer to receive Jesus. In November, 2012, I visited a dying man and witnessed to him about Jesus. He had proclaimed himself an atheist. Several weeks later, my friend, Jerry, told me he visited him in the Kingston Hospital just before he died. Jerry asked him about salvation. He told Jerry, “Don’t worry, that’s all taken care of.” Praise God! He gives us power to witness through the Holy Spirit and He follows up our faithfulness to Him with salvation and grace.
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