May 6/Acts 1

Verse 1 > Began means that he is still working only now he isn’t here in the flesh he is here through his Holy Spirit who lives in us and works through us. Jesus didn’t complete his ministry while on earth like every other religion founder. He is still working! He is alive! He has empowered us with his Holy Spirit!

Verse 2 > It was very important to Jesus that his followers become acquainted with the Holy Spirit. It should be important to us to take time to get to know Him. Fellowship with Him each day.  Get in the habit of talking to Him and praying to Him. Invite Him to be a part of every detail of your life. If God the Father loves you and is concerned about every detail of your life so is the Holy Spirit. He is the third person of the Trinity. He will be with us from now on through all of eternity. He knows everything about us and yet he was willing to come and be with us. He knew that we would grieve him and quench him but yet here he is. He loves us as much as the Father and Jesus love us. The Apostles always looked to him for guidance, wisdom, power, and fellowship. We should do the same.

Acts 8:29 (NLT) — 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

Acts 13:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul. 2 One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”

Acts 9:31 (NLT) — 31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

Acts 10:19 (NLT) — 19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you.

Acts 10:38 (NLT) — 38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Acts 15:28 (NLT) — 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements:

Verses 4-5 > Jesus is saying, “I am going to give you power to go along with your purity! John made you wet and I am going to make you wild! Christ would be coming to them in a new way > the Holy Spirit”. However things should continue on just like they did with Jesus > similar power and similar boldness.  What ever happened when Jesus was on the scene in the flesh would now continue by the Holy Spirit.

Because of the Holy Spirit in us and working through us people will recognize us as being with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 (NLT) — 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
Verse 16 > It was the Holy Spirit that spoke through all the prophets.
Verse 24 > You can’t fool the Lord. He knows every heart. That is how Jesus knew who was with him and who was against him. It just boggles my mind that our heavenly Father could know every heart that has ever taken a beat and he know how many beats your heart has already taken and he know how many more beats are left in it!
Verse 26 > It is interesting that we never hear again about Matthias. Like Matthias we don’t need to be recognized.  We only need to live for Jesus. Mattias was known for being a follower of Jesus. That’s all we need to be known for in heaven. Heavenly recognition certainly trumps earthly recognition.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The apostles were still looking for an earthly kingdom. They did not understand that Jesus’s next step was to return to heaven and be replaced on earth by the Holy spirit. The message they were given is for all of us: Stop looking up and get on with your mission.