Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Journey with ACTS: 1:4-6


Here are the next two segments of my Journey with Acts, keep looking here more more. Feel free to share your own thoughts as well. Join me on this journey and God may just change your life as I hope he does to mine. :-)


“Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 1:4-5 NLT

There are going to be times in life in which we are given specific instructions not to move forward or backward. We will be asked to just stay put and bloom where we’ve been planted.  Usually there is a good reason for this instruction as well. We may not always know right off hand what God has in mind but we should take comfort in knowing God has something specific for us.

In verses 4 and 5 Jesus promises his followers that He will provide them (and us) what is needed to bloom in our present circumstances. He promises a new life and a new purpose for each of the apostles and He knew how amazing that gift would be. We too can receive a gift from God today, if we are willing to let go of our own desires and embrace His.

You may be struggling to identify what you were truly created for or you may just be wondering what’s next, as I sometimes do. Take courage in knowing that God is working and that He has promised each of us something that will be worth it in the end. Go forth and ask God to 'baptize' you today with His promises.

5/7/16. 1:15am

“So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?’” Acts 1:6 NLT

We all ask questions sometimes, and that is okay for the most part. We need to ask questions in order to comprehend things better (for our own sake). There are times though when we may need to figure things out for ourselves instead.  We don’t really learn anything from doing it the easy way do we?

In this instance, the apostles should really have known what was going on. But for one reason or another, they really didn’t. Sometimes there will be things placed in front of us while we are on our journey with God that will spark a question or two. The reality is though, We need to remind ourselves daily that God may have already given us the answer or He may want us to figure it out on our own.

As you think about the questions you’ve brought to God in the last few days, ask yourself, are the questions I’m asking really the questions I am suppose to be asking or is there something more or different that I really should asking. God usually provides answers to our questions In the most unexpected ways. Remember to look outside the ordinary.

5/8/16, 1:35am

Blessings in Christ and thanks again for visiting us at "The Gathering Room"

Stand Strong and continue to believe the teachings given to you... (2 Thes. 2:15b NCV),

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