but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
After Jesus rose from His grave, He met with His disciples. He told them to wait in the city until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
He told them at that time they would receive power. They were to open themselves to the third person of the trinity—this promise of the Father (Luke 24:49).
This Spirit was to be their companion because Jesus was going to leave earth. They were to use this power to perform miracles like Jesus did and even greater ones because Jesus was going to the Father (John 14:12). This Spirit would help them walk a moral path and successfully resist the devil.
The promised Holy Spirit arrived and entered the disciples and about 3,000 others on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41).
This was a gift all believers. It is for us today. Repent of your sin, and ask God to baptize you in His Holy Spirit that you might be a powerful force for His kingdom.
Lord Jesus, forgive my sin, enter in
with Your Holy Spirit,
that I may be Your agent here on earth
until You return.
I John 2:20
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
The apostle John writes this letter to believers to warn them of deceivers in their midst who he calls anti-christs; ones who professed to be believers but who had gone away from them and the faith.
Those false believers said only a select few had on inside track to God through special knowledge. They were called Gnostics.
John tells the believers they have a special anointing given them by the Holy Spirit—the only anointing they will ever need. They are to stay closely connected to the Spirit and to each other through the truth of who Jesus is. He is the promised Messiah—the Christ. He is the only way to eternal life.
We have antichrists today. They say there are many ways to salvation; that Jesus was a good teacher, but not the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world.
But we have access to the same Holy Spirit; the same anointing as the people in John’s day. May we ever listen to the Spirit and draw close to Him and one another in genuine faith in Christ as we see the day of the Lord draw near.
Lord Jesus, may we never forget who You are
and whose we are as we come to the end of this age.
May we long for Your appearing with each new day.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The one true God is our refuge; our shelter from whatever storm we experience. He is our place of safety from any danger. He is mightier than all other forces that come against us. He is always available, no matter what trouble or distress we face.
When David wrote the Psalms, he intended them to be sung. Maybe he knew we remember things better if there is music attached to the words.
Modern-day advertisers know this. Think of all the TV ads connected to a song. Example: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. Oh what a relief it is.” Alka-Seltzer, right? I’m sure you can think of more.
You might want to try this method of memorization. It might come in handy when you need a quick scripture to do battle with the enemy of your soul.
Lord Jesus, thank You for your powerful word
You provided for us.
May we hide it in our hearts
that we may have it ever ready
when a need arises.
I Peter 5:8
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
In any wrestling match, there are useful techniques in order to win over your opponent. Our Coach has some important lessons here.
To be “sober” means “to be calm and collected in spirit.” We are to be watchful and discreet, caution and prudent. This carries no connotation to be fearful. We are to be cautiously active because our adversary, the accuser, who slanders us makes use of any opportunity.
Our enemy offers much, can deliver little, and requires all. His desire is to drink us down, swallow us whole; to utterly destroy us.
But God is greater. He has overcome our ultimate enemy—death. With God for us, how can the enemy prosper against us?
Father God, I rejoice that we are Yours
and You are ours.
That nothing is more powerful than You
and that You promise never to leave us
or forsake us.
Hallelujah! Together we win!
The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Have you ever thought of God exulting over you with love? He comes and lives inside of us—He overcomes all our enemies. He saves us through our troubles.
He wants to celebrate what He has done with us. Rest in His victorious joy. His love for us is greater than we can ever imagine.
Why not stop right now and give Him praise for everything He is, and everything He has done for us in His wisdom and mercy.
Father God, I praise and thank You
for every day of life You have given me.
I rejoice that you have saved me
and are fitting me for heaven.
I am filled with joy, knowing You are here,
in my presence
as I praise and enjoy You.
May Your praise forever be on my lips.
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For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, who says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”
Have you ever been faced with a seemingly impossible task? You wonder how this could possibly turn out for the good. As far as you’re concerned you are standing at the bottom of Mt. Everest with the assigned task of climbing to the top in a week. You have no training. No equipment. No possibility of meeting those needs.
Good news. The One True God—the One who spoke everything into being is holding tightly to your right hand. He speaks to you and says, “Do not be afraid. I, the Almighty God will help and support you. I will speak to you and show you the way. Together we will succeed. Let’s go.”
How can you refuse an offer like that?
Almighty God, with You at my side,
I take the first steps toward this task.
Of myself, I can do nothing,
but with You all things are possible.
Thank You that with Your kind guidance,
strength, and direction, I will successfully
climb the mountain that looms before me
so that You might be glorified.