5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:5 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:4 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 1-5
Acts 1:5 (NLT) — 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV) — 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.”
Acts 2:4 (MSG) — 4 Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
The Holy Spirit was the principal agent in the beginning of the Church in the Book of Acts. We see the fulfillment of the promise in Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.” The disciples waited for the promise of the Father praying in the upper room. They eagerly anticipated His coming! Jesus had instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. Only through the Holy Spirit they would be able to fulfill the mission that Jesus had given them.
The promise to the disciples was that they would receive power to testify of Jesus throughout the world. In Acts 1:8 it states, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Without the work of the Holy Spirit they would be ineffective, all their efforts would be useless against the great task they had to fulfill. Only through the leadership, wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit they would achieve the success of the mission.
In the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured upon the disciples. That was the start of the church! Since its birth, it was the Holy Spirit that provided development and growth. It was the Holy Spirit who consecrated men for the work of ministry, for the great mission that was before them. In Acts 13:2 it gives us this example, “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” The disciples did not do the work alone, it was the Holy spirit who led the strategy and all the plans! It is for this reason that they were so successful despite the great opposition.
Today we need the Holy Spirit, His work did not cease in the Book of Acts! The ministry of the Holy Spirit is active in our day. His work is so necessary in the life of the church. Let us pray on this day that we are the instruments that can be used to fulfill the great commission!
Acts 2:17 (NKJV) — 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts 2:33 (NKJV) — 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Acts 4:31 (NKJV) — 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 9:31 (NKJV) — 31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
Acts 13:2 (NKJV) — 2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Acts 20:28 (NKJV) — 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
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