The Fire and Zeal of a Missionary God:
It was Jesus who personally trained, nurtured and spent quality time with His disciples. This reflected in the disciples boldness and zeal. Jesus preached His own gospel. He set the pace and standard, as the first Missionary, for others to follow.
After Jesus resurrection (Acts 1:3), He still spent forty days with the apostles, nurturing them, giving instruction and guidance for the journey ahead. Jesus spoke about, “the kingdom of God.”
The Collision with the Holy Spirit:
Throughout their sojourns, the apostles came up against different groups of people who would challenge their preaching and teaching.
In Acts 4, Peter and John were arrested and put in custody for teaching and proclaiming Jesus rose from the dead. Peter and John refused to stop teaching, but proceeded with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 5, the high priest and a party of Sadducees were, “Filled with jealousy” v.18. They arrested Peter and the apostles, charging them to prison. Nevertheless, the angel of the Lord released Peter and the apostles and they declared they would continue sharing the gospel, saying, “We must obey God rather than men.”- v29
As God’s people, you will come across modern day Priests, Pharisees and Sadducees, who will set themselves on a constant collision course with the Holy Spirit. Jesus and the Disciples went through it. All who follow Christ will go through it.
The Power of the Holy Spirit:
In this era, the challenges of God’s people are multi-faceted. It is important to walk, step by step and precept upon precept, with the guidance and Power of the Holy Spirit.
Until the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit, they could not move into the higher arena to which they were called. There is a greater endowment and empowerment of the Holy Spirit for a higher calling. This is not a joke, but a serious matter.
God’s Presence Precedes His Work:
After Jesus’ ascension, His Spirit still instructed the apostles where to go, and where not to go… It is important that you do not attempt to do any work of God without submitting to God. You must wait for the release of the Holy Spirit. God’s presence is with you always and your greatest battles will be fought on your knees.
The Work of God Continues:
God’s plan for people to repent and believe the gospel still stands. “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.”(Mark 1:15)
Child of God, pray for willing vessels who are ready to be renewed, and receive the Holy Spirit, to move forward. Pray to be given wisdom, well beyond your years, and pray for the Spirit of boldness along the way…
© Ruth Dickson
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