“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 11-3, NKJV).
When Jesus came to the earth, His suffering was first, to deal with Satan and man’s sinfulness. Once dealt with, His imprint left a ripple effect that is still moving to this day. Jesus moved in the power of the Holy Spirit. Once back at the Father’s right hand, He sent the same Holy Spirit to empower the disciples, as a pattern of true Christianity to be passed down through the ages.
On the Day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was given, Peter, the one who seemed to have a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, stood up and preached a powerful sermon whereby at least 3,000 people were saved and began life as fully functioning believers. The Book of Acts indicates that people were added to the church daily. As this occurred, the miraculous: healings, raising the dead, the lame walking, became the norm.
The Good News for each one of us is that this is still the pattern of the Kingdom today. Our culture relies on preparation, resources, having a retirement, plenty of insurance and these are good things, but the other side of that is we are less trusting in God for the miraculous. God wants us to depend on Him; to, “Prosper and be in health, as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2). As your soul prospers…
The Word of God is the Word of the Kingdom, full of the power of the Holy Spirit, full of Kingdom power which builds faith for victory! Look at what happened as the disciples went out and spread the Word.
“And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb…who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms… Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:2,3&6, NKJV). The normal response to a challenge in life should be to prayerfully discern what the Lord wants to do and then through faith, bring the Kingdom power of God on the scene, just as Peter did for this lame man.
Consider Philip, a deacon evangelist, told by the Holy Spirit to come alongside a chariot of a eunuch, who was studying Isaiah, but had many questions. Being invited aboard, Philip explained the things concerning Jesus the Messiah. The man asked if it was possible to be baptized and finding a pool of water, Philip baptized him. But when they came up out of the water, “the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more.” (Acts 8:39, NKJV), Philip was carried to Azotus and continued preaching the Word of God.
As believers, the power of the Spirit is available to us as well. More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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