Posts Tagged ‘Acts’

Pentecost is the festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.

Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, as well as the start of the church’s mission in the world. And that is why we celebrate Pentecost today!

Act 2:1-4 and 17-21 (The Passion Translation)

On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!

God said, ‘This is what I will do in the last days—I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy. I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above and mighty miracles on the earth below. Blood and fire and pillars of clouds will appear. For the sun will be turned dar  and the moon blood-red before that great and awesome appearance of the day of the Lord. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

As we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit today, I challenge you to renew God’s presence in your life today.

But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be filled with power. And you will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces — even to the remotest places on earth!” ~ Acts 1:8 (TPT)

God wants you and me to be His messengers. He needs us to be ready and willing to will go wherever He needs us to go, to do His work.

Are you willing to be His messenger?

Yesterday in The Same God I challenged you to think about your church and whether everyone in it is actually serving the same God. Today follows on from that, as I want to look at our responsibility to the other in our church. In Acts 20:28 in The Message translation, we read:

Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.

We may not be the ones in charge of our church, but we do still have a responsibility to care for those who are part of our church.

We have disagreements with others, and there will always be those who, no matter what, will never be our favourite people! However God considers us all equal, as he thought we were all worth dying for…not just one or two of us, but every single one of us. If God can love each if us that much, surely we can rise above any personal felling or opinions, and just love and care for one another!

Do you ever feel spiritually drained?

Have you ever feel that the “spirit” has just been exhausted in your life?

We all feel this way from time to time; but an energetic Christian knows the cure!

It’s time to recharge your spiritual batteries today, before they run our completely!

You can do this by making reassuring yourself that God is always with you:

Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you (Acts 18:9-10 NIV)

I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

 

The third step to recommitting your life to God is to believe in Him.

In Acts 16:31 we are told to, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

God can be your everything, you just need to believe in Him!

Let God be your Everything (by Tim Hughes):

Acts 13:38-39 (NIV)

 “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”

 

 

I’m forgiven, because you were forsaken
I’m accepted, you were condemned
I’m alive and well, you’re spirit is within me
Because you died and rose again

 

Isn’t amazing just how much God loves us? I always feel very humble whenever I think about how much God loves me. But I do admit that I don’t remind myself often enough just how much God loves me, and how much He gave us just for me and you.

Jesus paid the ultimate prise for us just so we could be forgive of our sins, and be able to lead a free life. Isn’t it only reasonable that we should try and repay God for His love for us, by doing all we can to share His love and forgiveness with others?

 

 

I’ve found myself listening to Gabriel’s Oboe from the film The Mission over and over again in this last week – As I mentioned in my post called The Mission which I posted last year, I love this music and find the whole story of the film very inspiring (my post from last year give you details of what the film is about).

So in the car this week I’ve been listening to a compilation CD which includes Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army playing Gabriel’s Oboe, plus at work I’ve been listening to the same music on my ipod when possible – In both situations I’ve found myself just replaying this music over and over again.

As well as listening to this music from The Mission over and over again, I’ve found myself thinking about what God wants me to achieve in my life. i.e. What God’s mission for my life is.

Do you believe God has a mission for you? Are you following God’s plan for your life?

I am trying to follow God’s plan for my life, however I feel over the past while I seem to be doing my own thing, rather that God’s thing, and to be honest that worries me greatly.

So what do I need to do get back on track? Well, the answer to most things…pray!

I have already started praying for God to help me get back on His track for my life, so that I can do His will.

I pray that you too will ask God to help you follow His path for your life.

Psalm 25:4 (NIV)

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

A Message To Unbelievers

Posted: August 18, 2009 in life, religion
Tags: , , , , ,
Does God hear and answer prayers of those who don’t believe in Him? Yes! Think about it, every one of us was once an unbeliever but God listened to us when we prayed to Him to forgive us of our sins and enter our lives.

God hears the prayers of westerners and easterners, blacks and white, men and women, rich and poor, old and young, good and bad – He hears all prayers.

When Peter when to Cornelius and his family, he told them in Acts 10:34-36,43:
“I see clearly that God doesn’t show partiality. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. I’m sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel – that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”

Those who are unbelievers need to hear God’s message of love and forgiveness. They need you and me to tell them!

I’m sure we all have family and/or friends who are non believers, why not make a pledge today, to talk to them about God and tell them the Good News of Christ.

Persuasion

Posted: July 3, 2009 in religion
Tags: , , ,

Acts 26:28 (NIV)
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

The short and honest answer to this question is No!

It is impossible to persuade someone to become a Christian, it’s not something even God can achieve! We can talk to people for hours, listen to them and answer their questions about God, but we can never persuade them to become a Christian.

They must accept God into their lives and be reborn, only then can they become Christians. God achieves this through the words in the bible and talking to them directly.We however can make a big difference in someones life through what we say and how we act. While we cannot persuade someone to become a Christian we can be a huge influence in their decision.

I pray that God will use me in whatever way He sees fit to help influence someones life for the good.

I pray too, that as you read this blog, God will surround you with His love and you will feel His presence with you, and will find reassurance that God is there with you whatever may be going on in your life at present.

What Is Today?

Posted: May 31, 2009 in religion
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Today is Pentecost, but do you know what Pentecost is all about?

Here is a definition of Pentecost:
Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world.
The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is the way Christians understand God.

What does the bible say about Pentecost?

Acts 2:1-4 & 17-21
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues
as the Spirit enabled them.
” In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

So what should we do this Pentecost?

Here is a beautiful version of the popular chorus “Spirit of the Living God” which invites the Holy Spirit to enter into our lives anew, to rekindle our love for God, and reaffirm His love for us. This is what we should do this Pentecost.

Please listen to the chorus and ask God to renew His presence in your life today.