Monday, November 11, 2013

Acts 4-6

The disciples are helping more and more people believe in the Lord.  I think that's what Jesus wants us all to do, really.  The apostles share their stories, their experiences, and they are not afraid to give Jesus the credit.  Peter becomes such a strong leader in his faith.  It's an amazing change.  It's pretty awesome to watch the Holy Spirit at work in believers' lives.

I love how God uses ordinary and unlikely people like you and me for amazing things.
 That's where God's story has the most impact.  That's what happens to Peter and John in today's reading... 

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

People notice when we let Jesus into our lives.  It changes who we are and makes us better.  We become empowered by the Holy Spirit.  We can do so much through His strength.  

33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all

If you believe in Jesus, for sure the Holy Spirit is at work in you (and me) too.  How do you feel or hear the Holy Spirit?  I'm curious.  Do you think it happens differently or similarly for everyone?  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for the ways in which You use your believers to strengthen and nurture my faith.  Help me to hear and know the ways your Holy Spirit is working in my life.  Help me, Lord, to listen to Your will and obey You rather than human beings and the ways of this world.  I pray that all I do will serve to draw others closer to You.

In the name of Jesus I pray,
Grace and peace,

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