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Acts of Disciples

For God to use you, have a willing heart for the Holy Spirit to guide you

The Acts of Disciples
They Receive God’s Power – Part I

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:14-41

Key Verse: Acts 2:38
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The early disciples were obedient to the command of Jesus to wait for the power of God to come upon them before trying to minister to others. Today’s Scripture Reading is the sermon the Apostle Peter preached to the multitudes that had gathered for the Jewish festival of Pentecost. Acts 2:37 reveals the results of someone preaching with the power of God on them:

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Always remember that our words alone cannot convince anyone to accept the Gift of God. It is only we when have the Holy Spirit anointing our words that they can have a powerful effect. Whether a preacher, missionary, or a layperson, it takes God’s Holy Spirit to make us effective. When we want to influence our families or our friends, we must realize it is only by the Holy Spirit in us (and them) that we can accomplish anything. The Old Testament Prophet Zechariah wrote:

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)

Since the many centuries since the first coming of the Holy Spirit, God uses both uneducated and educated men and women to do His work. God uses both people with eloquent words and people who stutter terribly. God uses His people powerfully. In other words, we must learn that we can only be instruments in the working of God’s Kingdom when we have a heart that is willing for the Holy Spirit to use.

It is exciting to realize that all of God’s people can play a vital role in Him saving people, even in this dark and wicked world. All God needs is a willing person that has given their lives to God as a “living sacrifice”. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)

Will you present yourself to God today?

Father, please receive me as one willing to be Your instrument to make our world better. Thank You for Your power that is available to me as I believe in You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.