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
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 (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.
Acts 1:4 (MSG) — 4 As 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.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
God is a God of Promises, when he promises he always fulfills! Every promise from God is secure and without a doubt it will be fulfilled in his time. For the first disciples they held on to the promise of the Holy Spirit. The Father had promised to send him and there was an anticipation of the fulfillment. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was something that the disciples anticipated with great expectation and perseverance, Jesus had promised it and surely he was going to come! They were going to be filled with the Holy Spirit; the promise of the Father was going to be fulfilled! Finally they were going to receive the baptism of the Spirit over their lives.
This promise produced a great expectation in the disciples, a hope, a feeling of seeing the future with anticipation. What they expected with great anticipation was now going to be a reality. They were to be submerged in the presence of God, and the investment of his power would be fulfilled in all of them. The Word of Jesus that was said in John 14:16-17 would be fulfilled, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
This morning we must understand that a promise always produces expectations…The disciples waited for the promise of the Father praying in the upper room, They anticipated anxiously his return! I believe that what many of us have lost this morning is having expectation in our life, a feeling of anticipation of what God is going to be! God has promised us his Holy Spirit and when we are filled of his presence all of the things will surely be seen differently. Our lives will be transformed, from being boring to being exciting and passionate! The Holy Spirit will take us on a unique adventure, out of the ordinary! A life of unpredictable and spontaneous events. The agenda of the Spirit is exciting and full of surprises.
So I ask you, why do you live your life so normal if God has called you to live a life in the supernatural? You cannot be satisfied with the routine, tradition in your daily life. The fullness of the Spirit breaks all limits that we have placed, Let us walk in a new life filled with possibilities. In John 3:34 it tells us, “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.” Your world will always be small, everything will be impossible and you will stay the same, if you are not living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit! Today is the time to elevate your level of expectation, there is more for you! Believe and anticipate what God has promised you. Do not forget that What God promises, God fulfills! Wait on God, he fulfilled.
Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) ― 31 But those who wait on theLord 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.
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.
Isaiah 44:3-4 (NKJV) ― 3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; 4 They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.’
Ezekiel 39: (NKJV) ― 29 And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”
Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV) ― 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. ― 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
John 14:16-17 (NKJV) ― 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
John 16:7 (NKJV) ― 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Luke 24:49 (NKJV) ― 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem[a] until you are endued with power from on high.”
John 20:21-22 (NKJV) ― 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Romans 13:14 (NKJV) ― 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV) ― 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 ratherlet it bethe hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptiblebeautyof a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
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