Entry #5 The Conversion of Saul
Saul who we find in Acts 8:1 approved of and witnessed the stoning of Steven. See Acts 7:54-60.
This is the same saul that we read about in Acts 9. Saul was an enthusiast for persecuting the early Christian Church found himself on a road to Damascus which is the capital of present day Syria. Saul had asked the high priest if he could have letters to all the synagogues in Damascus for he was seeking to bring anyone he found belonging to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to bring them bound to Jerusalem. Next thing He knows is a an extremely bright light shown from Heaven all around however none of those who were with him saw this but heard what followed. Saul plummeted to the ground and hearing a voice say, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me? Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord?” and the voice said, ” I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city and you will be told what to do.” The men who were with him stood speechless as they heard the voice but saw no one.
Thoughts and Questions
1. The Lord can use and save anyone HE so chooses even those who we think have can’t be forgiven. If the LORD revealed HIMSELF to Saul who would later become the Apostle Paul who wrote much of the epistles of the New Testament; who are we to decided who gets used and chosen by God.
2. Do our words and actions show the love of God to others?
Whether you had a dramatic conversion to Christ or no the LORD can and will use you and He has given you His Spirit to be not only a comforter when times are rough but also to be our teacher in this world.
More to come and stay plugged into the LORD!
Entry#4 Acts 2:1-13
The day of Pentecost what a grand thing to experience and see the power of the Holy Spirit resting and residing in the apostles and all those who were with them.
1. How has the power of the Holy Spirit been evident in my life?
Since I became a Christian I would have to say that the Holy Spirit does indeed reside in me. He has given me the love of expressing my worship and prayer to HIM through writing. There are times where I feel inadequate but even in those times I know I have to rely on and not my own intellect to do the things HE has called me to.
2. How has the power of the Holy Spirit changed my life?
I am aware of HIS presence in my life and feel Him beckoning me to increase my times of quiet reflection as I come before HIM daily. He has brought healing and hope into my life. I know that I have a Father in Heaven that loves me and I accepted in HIS arms at anytime of the day or night.
1. The power of the Holy Spirit enables me to live everyday as a new day.
2. The power of the Holy Spirit refreshes me as spend time in HIS presence.
Don’t ignore HIS presence but rather saturate yourself in HIS presence as you come to HIM each day.
Entry # 3 Matthias chosen to replace Judas
After Jesus was taken into Heaven then the disciples left the Mount of Olives and went to Jerusalem. They devoted themselves to prayer in one accord.
Thoughts: What a joy it must be to the Lord to hear us pray in one accord without anyone’s agenda or plan coming forth. I believe God still delights to hear us pray with only His agenda being addressed but how often does that really happen in our lives. I would guess more often than not when we pray we do often wait to hear his response on a matter but rather ask God to bless the path or decision we have made.
Peter spoke to those that were gathered in the upper room. They were to pray to see who the Lord would choose to replace Judas Iscariot. When they had prayed they cast lots and chose Matthias. This was to fulfill what was spoken through David in the Psalms (69:25 and 109:8).
What a marvelous sight it must have been to see Jesus taken into heaven. I am sure the disciples marveled at this but at the same wondered when HE would return at least that is what I would wonder. Each generation that followed the disciples even up to today must have felt that He would return in their lifetime. It is clear from Acts 1:7 that God the Father has selected the time by His own authority not only to restore the kingdom of Israel but also Jesus Return also. No one knows except for HIM.
Thoughts and Questions
1. I wonder what they thought was the Lord’s plan to restore the Kingdom of Israel was. I think they thought of the earthly kingdom of Israel in their minds when they said this.
2. What would have been my reaction to seeing Jesus lifted away into Heaven. What will be my reaction if I got to see HIM return in my lifetime?
3. Would I have felt a sense of sadness because He was physically gone?
God has all supreme authority in Heaven and Earth and who am I to question Him about anything in my life. Yet HE is faithful, merciful, kind and loving longing to communicate with me on a daily basis.
I wonder what it will be like to see HIM face-to-face. Sometimes I just want to sit in HIS lap and gaze into His face like a child gazing into the eyes of his or her mom and dad. Knowing that whatever happens in this life comes through His hands first before it ever takes place here on earth.
May the Lord bless and keep you this day! Reflect and ponder my thoughts and questions. Respond if you like to.
This is my Journey through the book of Acts. You are welcome to read and go through along with me if you like. I even welcome your comments as always. The church that I attend will be going through the book of Acts this summer and so I thought that I would include you my journey through it. May the Lord bless and Keep you until HE returns.
Entry # 1
Acts 1:1-5 My thoughts about what has struck me in these verses.
After Jesus was resurrected he spent 40 days on earth before His Ascension into Heaven. He commanded his disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they received what Father had promised. This must not have been any easy task I would imagine but they did as they were instructed to do. What did The Father Promise to them is found in verse five: “John baptized you with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
I wonder what their thoughts might have been. I know what mine would have been at that time if I had lived then. Sometimes people today might think today.
Thought 1 What or who is the Holy Spirit and why do I want to be baptized with this Holy Spirit? What will I experience when this happens and will l like it afterwards.
Acts 1:8 Jesus tells the disciples will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. He goes on to tell them that they will be his witnesses telling people about him in Jerusalem, through out Judea and to the ends of the earth.
This is an echo of the great commission we find in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.”
In my own experience with the Holy Spirit I got baptized with in HIM shortly after I got saved. I began to have a few words in tongues and I would see things in the spirit. Sometimes those things frightened but then I would feel a great sense of peace come over me at times especially when I was in great distress. I remember having a deep hunger for the things of God and that I wanted to be healed. It was at this time that The LORD gave me a dream that has come back from time to time. In this dream I was on a stage with wedding rings on my finger and a blurred image with me and we were speaking to women and children about God. After I had this dream I thought that I would need to go to a university to become a speaker for God. The only one that I knew of at the time was Oral Roberts University. Flash forward to 2012 I got married and then God began to work in mind and heart to bring childhood things to the surface. Flash forward to 2014 I Teach Sunday School, writing this blog, and one day I know that Lord will bring all the things that He has proclaimed over me to come to pass. In all these things takes a diligence to study and spend time with the Lord. Praise God He does what He says He will do in each of our lives.