Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 7, 2014

Wait

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Acts 1:4-5 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Before Jesus ascended He gave them yet another instruction. He told them not to go into the world teaching and making disciples until something else happened. He said they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, our best is only a valiant, sinful effort and seldom accomplishes anything for the glory of God. It is only through God’s Holy Spirit that God does His work. Why God waited 50 days to send His Holy Spirit only He knows. It was a time for the disciples to draw together and share with each other the things Jesus had taught them. They had knowledge but they didn’t have power. When our particular ministries are ineffective, when we don’t see any results for God’s glory, we must check to see if we were going on our own. When reading the life of John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist denomination, I was impressed with his statement to the effect that when he had more to do on a day he would get up even earlier to have more time to pray over each and every thing scheduled for the day. A good lesson for each of us: prayer over each thing we are planning to do in each day.

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