Archive for July 20th, 2011

July 20, 2011: 7:38 pm: Daily Scripture

Acts 1:1-8
In my first book I told you about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he ascended to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions from the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time and proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. On these occasions he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.  4 In one of these meetings as he was eating a meal with them, he told them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you what he promised. Remember, I have told you about this before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  6 When the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, are you going to free Israel now and restore our kingdom?”  7 “The Father sets those dates,” he replied, “and they are not for you to know. 8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

These are the finals words of Jesus before he left this world and returned to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.  It is here that the change begins in the disciples.  They have now become apostles.  When they sat at the foot of Christ, they were learning more about why He had come and they were considered disciples or followers.  They were in a learning stage.  But now in the Book of Acts they are called apostles meaning messenger or missionary.  It is time for them to move out and act on what they have learned.  After they received the Holy Spirit, they did just that.  Have you moved from disciple to apostle?  Are you still learning about Jesus Christ or are you teaching about Him?  We all have the special assignment from God to spread the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  There is a time to learn and then there is a time to tell.  If you have not moved into this stage yet, take a leap of faith and start to live what you have learned.  Tell others about Christ by how you live and when the opportunity comes speak the truth you know.  Act under the power of the Holy Spirit within you and move under His direction.  Keep learning more about Him but also live and speak what you know about Him.  If you are still a disciple and have not become an apostle, then make the move by stepping out in faith.  Move in the power of the Holy Spirit and God will bless you.

Have a God Day!

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: 2:55 am: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:20-27
20 For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die. 21 For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, 24 but it is better for you that I live.  25 I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 Then when I return to you, you will have even more reason to boast about what Christ Jesus has done for me. 27 But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are to live with one eye on eternity.  Knowing that we are citizens of heaven will keep us focused on our goal.   Paul was not looking to die in this text but was simply stating that to die was gain but to live was Christ.  When those in Christ die, we gain all that God has prepared for us.  There will not be one person who will enter heaven and want to return to this world.  It will be far more than we can imagine.  To be with Christ will be the ultimate reward.  But while we yet live, we are to continue His plan and His purpose for our lives.  Since Paul had focused his life on doing the work of God, for the Philippians it was better if he lived.  The longer he stayed, the more they learned about Christ.  Keep your eye on the fact that heaven waits for you, but live your life as Christ directs you.  Don’t be surprised if all of your dreams do not come true because this is not your home.  Live for Christ through the power of His Spirit now and know that you will enjoy the presence of Christ for eternity when your work is through.

Have a God Day!

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