WORD FOR TODAY by PASTOR JESUS FIGUEROA
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Tuesday, April 26
Wait For The Promise Of The Father
Topic: Wait On God The Time That Is Necessary!
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
Acts 1:4 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Kings 14–16
Acts 1:4 (NIV) ― 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
Acts 1:4 (MSG) — 4 s they met and ate meals together, he told them that they were on no account to leave Jerusalem but “must wait for what the Father promised: the promise you heard from me.
Acts 1:4 (NLT) ― 4 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.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
By spending time with God you learn to wait in His presence. It is a lesson to learn if you want to experience an intimate relationship with the Lord. For many this is a great challenge because it is not easy to wait on God, especially when we want Him to answer quickly! Psalm 40:1 tells us, “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.” I have learned that patience and waiting always go hand in hand. They are two important things and should be our priority. It is a requirement if you want to truly experience another level in prayer.
One of the first instructions that the disciples received from the Lord was to wait, wait and wait! The coming of the Spirit was certain but they would have to persevere until the time indicated by the Lord, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”(Luke 24:49). Things were not going to happen lightly and quickly, there had to be patience and expectancy from them! God had promised, but it would be in His time. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit would happen, but first they had to stay in the upper room several days anticipating the fulfilling of His promise.
Today I encourage you to be quiet in His presence. Do not be in a hurry leaving your secret place of prayer, wait on God and certainly He will manifest Himself on your life! Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.” The Holy Spirit will visit you and the time you wait in His presence will yield great spiritual fruit. It is a blessing to wait before the Lord, you will be certainly be transformed in His presence. It’s the best investment of our time!
Luke 24:49 (NKJV) ― 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) ― 14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) ― 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 40:1 (NKJV) ― 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
Psalm 123:2 (NKJV) ― 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us.
Lamentations 3:25-26 (NKJV) ― 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.
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