Monday, November 26, 2018

WITNESSES

Today’s Reading: Acts 1-2

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

David’s City is part of Jerusalem and is on the south side of the Old City walls.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

 

We may consider Acts 1:8 the key verse, not only for this chapter, but for the entire book of Acts. Here we have Christ’s plan, His command to carry out the plan, and the power to carry out His goal to reach the whole world with the Good News of His salvation. We, as believers in Jesus, can easily be diverted from this first and foremost of Jesus’ instructions. We may be comfortable in our own salvation and cease to be concerned for the salvation of others. We may hide behind excuses such as, “I don’t know enough,” or “I need to understand the Bible better,” and by such means escape our Jesus-given assignment to be witnesses. Jesus told us clearly that all we need to enable us to share the Gospel is the power of the Holy Spirit. Ask Jesus now for the Holy Spirit to come upon all of us who read this blog. Begin to praise Jesus out loud as long as the volume does not offend others, and start witnessing to someone you meet. Remember, just seven weeks earlier, Peter could not witness to a waitress who gave him every opportunity to share his faith in Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit and a willingness to acknowledge Jesus is all we need.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, John the Baptist said of You, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” That’s me, Lord. I’m one of Your believers. I’ll open my mouth, make a sound, and You, Holy Spirit, as Acts 1:4 says, will give me utterance. I trust You to give me words that will communicate with You, Lord God (see 1 Cor. 14:1-6), and communicate Jesus to people. In Jesus’ Name I pray, and keep on praying until I experience Your Holy Spirit’s fullness, Amen! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

My son, David Reynold, chose the picture for today of the City of David, a part of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit came upon 120 people who were in an upper room just at the top left of the picture. When they could no longer contain this powerful experience, they spilled out onto the streets, no doubt some of them into the City of David. I knew that the Holy Spirit came to live in me when I gave my life to Christ in December of 1951, but it was in June, 1952, that the Holy Spirit came upon me with power to witness. That July, I led a man in a prayer to receive Jesus. That August, I know without a doubt that God called me into “the ministry.” Not long ago, I visited a dying man and witnessed about Jesus. He had proclaimed himself an atheist. Soon after, my friend, Jerry, told me he visited him in the Kingston, Ontario, hospital just before he died. Jerry asked him about salvation. He said to Jerry, “Tell David not to worry, that’s all taken care of.”

Yours for being available to the Holy Spirit to win someone to Jesus today,

David

P.S. Whenever we’ve led a group to Israel, we’ve always celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection in the Garden Tomb area (photos below)! Among other places in Jerusalem, we always visit St. Ann’s Church, built in the 11th century; it has the most amazing acoustics (click here for a video of our group singing, led by Norma-Jean).

8 thoughts on “Monday, November 26, 2018

  1. Hallelujah, indeed! Beautiful singing! You look lovely, Norman-Jean! Could you imagine being one of the 120 in the upper room, being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, going out into the streets? Wow! Such powerful scripture and message, today. Be blessed, fellow saints in the Lord.

    Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
    He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun. Psalm 97 ESV

    Nicole C. Mullen – My Redeemer Lives (Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRW-jr_PnbQ

  2. Love the Book of Acts and trusting to see some great things happening in our world during our time of study. Am glad to have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit back in our church in Windsor, ON in 1972. Has been a great event in my life and I left my career in that setting to follow the Lord. Seem to be in a lull now but help me Lord. The sister from Holland I lived with in Windsor used to go over to Michigan to hear Corrie ten Boom when she was on a speaking tour there. Sorry I missed out. One of my favorites songs dear Beverlee. Is a sunny and cold day here in NB. Blessings saints!

  3. Our Redeemer surly lives! What an incredible blessing to know that is true. Please pray for the needy people trying to get into the US from Mexico. Lord take over & open doors of Your Plan for these dear souls. Give Your Solution clearly Dear Lord. Amen

  4. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1971 about the same time I asked Jesus into my heart and was born again. Praise God for His Love!!

    Thank you for those photos;
    I recall that when I visited Israel both in 1975 and then in 2001, entering the empty tomb and then, together with our group praising the Lord; and listening to a Word of God as one of the Pastor David presented it in 2001; in 1975 His Word was brought forth.

  5. Greetings and Blessings to all
    well, I have to work at forgiving some people at church for being bullies; I am not able to get into the church anymore so I am unable to do the missions that were set up a few years back…however..GOD SEES EVERYTHING AND KNOWS ALL..so I am trusting Him to bring something bigger & better for me to do…
    tonight will be the last ukulele lesson unless a teacher can be found in my community…I have enjoyed learning to play and the other thing I do is swim and that is ALL FROM GOD!
    I rebuke the devil and all he stands for and I plead the Blood of the Lamb over me, my home,car, family,community,
    praying the Lord would send me the right person to be a room mate….I bring all this to the Lord and Thank Him for all He has done in my life and in all our lives.
    in Jesus Name I Pray amen

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