Day 40 - 40 Days in the Book of Acts

CONGRATULATIONS!  YOU MADE IT!

Taking time to be in the Word of God has been and always will be a sacrifice. The fact that you did this is tribute to your faith and determination to get closer to God.

The reason why I choose the book of Acts was simple.  There is no other book in the Bible that can say more about today than the book of Acts.  It is my opinion and I am sure that there are others who would disagree, but my reasoning is simple.  There is no benediction to this book.

In all of the other books of the New Testament the writers ended their writings with a benediction of some sort.  Not Acts.  Why?  Because is hasn't ended.  We are the living embodiment of the book of Acts today.

What the early church did can still happen today.  More importantly, it can happen to you.  Following the Holy Spirit isn't necessarily the safest thing you can do (ask Paul).  But it is the most exciting thing you can do in your life.

Praying for the sick and seeing them healed.  Preaching the Word of God and people believing in Jesus.  Miracles, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and so much more should be the NORMAL activity of the church today.  Do you realize that every author of every book in the New Testament didn't even conceive of a church that wasn't empowered by the Holy Spirit.   Nor did they even think that a  believer would not be baptized in the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues?

Well I can hear some of you out there clearing your throat and saying, "Well Pastor . . . "  There are a lot of people who would like to point out to me a bunch of theology that excuses churches and people from even seeking or wanting the Baptism.  But let me ask you this?

Why would you want to excuse and dismiss the most powerful and influential presence of God in your life?  Why would you want to marginalize the Holy Spirit?  Why would you want to prevent people from receiving their healing or prevent others from coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

So while you may disagree with me (and that's OK).  Seek the power of God in your life.  Ask yourself if given the chance, wouldn't you want to see today what you read about in the past come to life today?  Wouldn't you want to be a part of that?

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