Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 27, 2019

Thought For The Week June 30, 2019

Last Sunday we discussed the promise Jesus gave the disciples in John 14-16, which was during the Last Supper gathering.  This was a promise that Luke also recorded in Luke 24;49 and Acts 1:4.  Then, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter extended that same promise to everyone who trusts in Jesus, Then Peter said to them, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  for the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39).

The promise is that Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to come alongside and live in every person who believes in and trusts Him.  The Holy Spirit is a Helper, Counselor, Comforter, Friend, Intercessor, Advocate, etc., who is just like Jesus, and accompanies us wherever we go all of our lives.

Do you know what it means to have a promise from God?  Webster’s Dictionary says a promise is “a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance of the act,” and “ground for hope, expectation or the assurance, often specified of eventual success.”

In our case the promise comes from the God of the universe who controls and commands all its laws.  Nothing can stand in the way of Him fulfilling any promise that He has made. God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent.  Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

God’s promises are backed by His faithfulness, which is clearly revealed throughout His Word.  The Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9)   He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (I Thessalonians 5:24)  From beginning to end we have this testimony, that God has never failed on even one of His promises.  And since Jesus came as God in the flesh, we can certainly hold fast to His faithfulness as a Promiser.

We can trust that He will be faithful because of His power which enables Him to fulfill any promise He ever makes.  His promises were not just from a Carpenter from Nazareth, but from the Eternal Son of God, who was begotten before all the worlds were made.   He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:2-3).  His power was proven in His victory over death, Jesus Christ our Lord, who was…declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. (Romans 1:3-4).

Because He conquered death and is alive today, He is able to fulfill His promise specifically and to send His Holy Spirit to fill our lives with His power and presence.  We can fully trust that what He promised, He can and will do!

So what are you waiting for?  If you trust in Jesus today, you have the Holy Spirit resident in your life.  He gives you power to be witnesses for Jesus and to live a holy life just like Jesus did.  He lives within you to assure you of Jesus’ presence no matter where you are or what you’re doing.  And He provides all the light you need to learn from and apply God’s Word (He wrote the book).

What would happen if we all really claimed the promise and began to walk in the power, presence, and illumination of the Holy Spirit?  Think we would turn our world upside down, like the disciples did in Acts?  Just a thought.

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