MONDAY 1ST MAY 2017
TOPIC: THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
TEXT: Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,And you will be my witnesses. telling people about me everywhere —
in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth….”
Before Jesus went back to heaven, He told His disciples to “wait for the Promise of the Father”. (Acts 1:4) There are thousands of promises in the Bible, so which promise was He referring to? The early church
knew which promise Jesus was referring to because He had told His Disciples “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which you have heard Me speak about. For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized With the Holy Spirit not many days now.”
(Acts 1:4-5) Jesus was referring to the baptism in the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:1—4) Jesus wants you to know the value of the Promise of the Father because He said, “You shall receive power When the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…” He did not say, “You shall do witnessing,” but “You shall be witnesses. In other words, your very person will be a witness to Him!
This is because the power you receive when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit is the same power that so anointed Peter that the sick laid on the streets for his shadow to fall on them and heal them. (Acts 5:15) Even handkerchiefs and aprons from Paul’s body were so saturated With the anointing Of the Spirit that when they touched the sick, people witnessed diseases and evil spirits leaving the sick! (Acts 19:12)
Beloved, when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, you will be a witness to others that no problem, trial, disease or sickness is a match for the power of the Spirit in you! Today allow that living water to infuse you with his love, joy, strength, down into the
deepest part of your heart so you can be a witness of the love and power of God to millions of unsaved around you.
MEDITATION: Matthew 28:18-20
Numbers 8; Ps.44; Songs. 6; Heb. 6