Daily Spirit & Word: 522: Your Heavenly Father’s Promise.
40 Days With Jesus: Day 38: The Father’s Promise. Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 2:38.
Good morning my friends, I’m up very early praying today. Why? Because I’ve got such a busy day that I needed to spend time with Father God. Also because I couldn’t sleep because of pains in back and running down my arms. It’s no fun being in agony, but that doesn’t or will not stop me from praising my Lord Jesus Christ, who endured the Cross for my sake.
Aside from the New Life in Christ, what’s the best gift or present you’ve ever received?
I find that question quite difficult to answer; 1) Because I don’t want to offend anyone who’s bought me what they thought was the best present I could ever wish for. 2) Because I’ve had so many wonderful things in my life-time and it’s hard to think, what the best one is. I’d have to say though, I think the best THING I’ve ever had was my frist DSLR Digital Camera. I’ve always been artistic and loved photography, painting and drawing since I can remember. God gave me a gift of being able to see and capture things. My DSLR Camera changed my photography forever, because I could now hone my technique much quicker than with the film cameras I’d been used to; hundreds of pictures instead of 24 or 12. It set me free and enabled me to see my pictures before they were printed. However, something was also lost, before the advent of digital, you needed to slow down, take your time, frame up carefully and consider everything before you pressed the trigger. Thankfully, I know the difference and can discipline myself when I need to. Now, that I’ve gotten used to them, I only need to take a few shots rather than the hundreds I used to take. It’s funny how the gift of freedom can sometimes lead excess.
Bible Reading for Day 38: The Father’s Promise of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:49 “And behold, I will send forth upon you what My Father has promised; but remain in the city [Jerusalem] until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Jesus was talking about the GIFT of The Third Person in the Holy Trinity: The Holy Spirit of God and the DIVINE Power to be His WITNESSES in the world. He was going to SEND the Holy Spirit UPON them, He reminded them the Holy Spirit was the Father’s Promise, but they had to wait in Jerusalem until they were CLOTHED with the Person of The Holy Spirit and with His Power from Heaven (on high). This is repeated by Luke in his second book, the book of Acts.
Acts 1:4-5 “And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak.
5 For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit.”
The Disciples had indeed heard Jesus speak about the Holy Spirit before;
John 14:15-17 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 14:26 “But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
John 15:26-27 26 “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
Notice an important thing that happens when we receive the Holy Spirit, verse 27 “You also must testify” It’s not just a command but an impulse once we’ve received the Holy Spirit; when He’s in us we WILL WANT to testify about Jesus Christ. What does that mean? It means, once we’ve been filled with God’s Holy Spirit, we can’t help but want to testify about the Lord Jesus Christ, because that’s what the Holy Spirit wants to do as well.
Notice this same promise of something happening when the Holy Spirit finally comes upon them as Jesus promised.
Acts 1:7-8 “… But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
That’s exactly what happened to the first Disciples on the Day of Pentecost. It’s what happens today too: When the Holy Spirit comes upon a person, when we’re baptised with the Holy Spirit, we have two things;
- POWER and
- The Impulse to WITNESS.
Note: I believe this desire to WITNESS about Jesus Christ to the whole world is a sure and certain sign that you’ve been born again and baptised with the Holy Spirit. It’s an even more sure and certain sign than that of speaking in tongues (which the Pentecostals emphasise). This deep desire to share Jesus Christ comes from the Holy Spirit within, but notice this as well, He will also give us the POWER to enable us to be Christ’s witnesses.
If you don’t ‘feel’ like witnessing, don’t worry, because you are in great company: Moses, Gideon, Jonah (to name but a few from the Old Testament) and Timothy from the New. However, He’ll EMPOWER you to do so. If we LOVE Jesus, we’ll want to be obedient to His Command to Go and spread the Good News. We might not ‘feel’ equipped, but we’re not meant to depend upon our feelings, we are people of faith, and we can have faith that God will uphold His end of the PROMISE: He’ll give the Spirit and the Power and the Desire.
When you turned to Christ (if you’ve turned to Christ), you received the PROMISED gift of the Holy Spirit. A sure sign to yourself is this; Have you a desire to share the Good News about Jesus?
Acts 2:38-39 38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
Notice: The PROMISE of the Holy Spirit is not limited to the Apostles, He’s available to EVERYONE.
Notice HOW the gift is to be received:
God Invites / Calls YOU to Repentance & Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You turn from your sins and receive Christ by faith.
The GREEK WORD for REPENTANCE is metanoeo : A CHANGE of mind and heart about sin and righteousness, towards God’s ways and commands.
REPENT’ANCE: Websters Dictionary.
1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.
2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.
3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance, and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.
Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.
Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. 2 Corinthians 7; Matthew 3.
Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.
WOWzer! When you do, the gift is cleansing. Or As my new Brother in the Lord Jesus has said recently “The Record-Sheet is wiped clean” and “Your Hard-Drive Record of Your Sin has been totally wiped clean by the Lord Jesus Christ”
Day 38 is a fantastic reminder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the PROMISE He’d given to His Disciples, they would be clothed with power and a deep desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus when the Holy Spirit came upon them. Now, that same promise is for ALL who come in Repentance and Faith to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have an awesome day today, and LIVE in the PROMISE of Your Heavenly Father.
Have you received the PROMISE yet?
40 Days With Jesus: Day 38: The Promise of the Father.