And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
Acts 1:15 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:15 (NLT) — 15 During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.
Acts 1:15 (NIV) — 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)
Acts 1:15(MSG) — 15 During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said,
Thoughts of Devotion:
In this verse we see the character of Peter emerge as leader of the disciples. Again he is taking the initiative to deal with the challenge that the first apostles faced. The Apostle Peter is now restored once more to his position of leadership and influence in the early church. He was forgiven and ready for the task and the ministry that was ahead. After denying Jesus, he was now ready to testify of Him. In Mark 14:72 it tells us his denial, “A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And when he thought about it, he wept.”
Thank God for His restorative power, the Apostle Peter was no longer the same man, he had passed the process of the Lord and the Holy Spirit was now empowering him to be one of the pioneers of revival. Even Our Lord Jesus had prayed for Peter and now we see the fruit and result. In Luke 22:32 it tells us, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Now Peter was ready to accomplish the task before him, he was going to be a key instrument in the mission of the church.
Today we can experience the restorative power of the Lord in our lives. It doesn’t matter if we have failed, God gives us another chance! He lifts us once again and with the power of the Holy Spirit the ministry that God has entrusted us with will come to pass. All it would take is that we allow God to restore our lives completely. If we confess our sin and turn from it, God will do the rest. The following scriptures reads Psalm 32:5, “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” We have to believe that best days are in our future, the latter glory will be greater than the first. Amen.
Psalm 32:5 (NKJV) — 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Psalm 51:9-13(NKJV) — 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
Matthew 13:31-32 (NKJV) — 31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Matthew 16:18-19 (NKJV) — 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Luke 22:32 (NKJV) — 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
John 21:15-17 (NKJV) — 15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
1 Corinthians 15:6 (NKJV) — 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
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