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Friday, February 16, 2018

Acts 1:7-8

And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 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."
Acts 1:7-8

In two short verses we are given the final words of Jesus upon the earth, before His ascension into heaven, 40 days after His resurrection. The disciples had been born again on Easter Sunday evening as Jesus had breathed on them declaring "Receive the Holy Spirit." Here, he told them to wait to go into the all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature until they are endued with power from on high, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. That outpouring came some ten days later at Pentecost (Acts 2) and the church was born. The report in Acts will show us the next 30 years as God, the Holy Spirit, falls upon His people to be His witnesses. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit since you came to Jesus? We need His power as did the early church so we can be His witnesses to our generation. Ask Him to empower you today (Luke 11:13).

Relying on His power upon my life,

Pastor Jack Abeelen



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