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2009-06-01 05:12:31

Acts 2:14-28(GNT)

Monday
June 1 2009


Called to be Free to be Filled with the Holy Spirit


Introduction

Acts 2:14-28: People in Jerusalem make fun of the Lord's followers who received the Holy Spirit because the followers were excited and speaking in many languages. Peter stands up and speaks to the crowd, sharing Joel's prophesy about the coming of the Spirit. Then he summarizes Jesus' works, death and resurrection.

Today's Scripture: Acts 2:17a

This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone.

How is this Scripture passage speaking to me today?

Today's Reading

Peter's Message14Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd: Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means.15These people are not drunk, as you suppose; it is only nine o'clock in the morning.16Instead, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: 17This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams. 18Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message. 19I will perform miracles in the sky above and wonders on the earth below. There will be blood, fire, and thick smoke; 20the sun will be darkened, and the moon will turn red as blood, before the great and glorious Day of the Lord comes. 21And then, whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.22Listen to these words, fellow Israelites! Jesus of Nazareth was a man whose divine authority was clearly proven to you by all the miracles and wonders which God performed through him. You yourselves know this, for it happened here among you.23In accordance with his own plan God had already decided that Jesus would be handed over to you; and you killed him by letting sinful men crucify him.24But God raised him from death, setting him free from its power, because it was impossible that death should hold him prisoner.25For David said about him, I saw the Lord before me at all times; he is near me, and I will not be troubled. 26And so I am filled with gladness, and my words are full of joy. And I, mortal though I am, will rest assured in hope, 27because you will not abandon me in the world of the dead; you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave. 28You have shown me the paths that lead to life,and your presence will fill me with joy.

Reflect

By describing the "Day of the Lord," Peter's speech responds to those who mock Jesus' followers. Beginning with some of the later prophets, some in Israel believed that God would return to the world one day. This would mark the last days of the present age, because when God returned, he would make life and the world completely new. How has God already helped people find new life through Jesus?

Pray

Holy God, through the light of dawn, you make each day anew. Help me experience renewal through Christ each and every day, that I may be his light in the world. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Newly baptized converts

Recently I have been having more and more dreams. As I have prayed for revelation, scripture with confirmation has come that His coming is nearer than we think. Quite a call to come nearer to Him and to hide His Word in our hearts. Come, Lord Jesus.

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About: I am originally from Texas but moved here to Southern California about 18 years ago to be near family for help in raising my children. I worked as a nurse in a local hospital in this area until retiring a year ago. My children are all grown, but still are a joy and then there are the grandchildren who are a joy also. Now I am continuing to venture forth with God as my guide. I chose my screen name because my name comes from Hebrew and means "a bee". My middle name, Kay, comes from Greek and means "exultant or rejoicing". So to me my name means, "One who seeks only the sweet (the Lord) in life with rejoicing". I believe and claim scriptural motivations for my name in the verses of Ezekial 3:3, Proverbs 16:21, and Psalms 19 I had a personal ministry within nursing which God placed me in years ago and now am seeking where He is taking me. The scripture He gave me years ago regarding my ministry is in Isaiah 40:1 "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, Saith the Lord your God." Through His assistance, He works to do just that with the people I serve. My prayer is that all would come to have a supernatural experience with Jesus, to meet Him, accept Him into their lives and have a special relationship with Him forever. I just love a big family!!

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