Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 1-13-20

Acts 10:44-46 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Surrounding ourselves with other believers is a great way to experience God working in different ways. We come to God as very unique people. Our strengths are different and our weaknesses are different; therefore, we can serve and help one another through the hard times. We have different spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit and yet each one is essential to the building up of the Body of Christ. We experience the fulness of the Spirit as we connect our Spirit-led lives in worship; we share one faith, one Lord, and one baptism.

In our passage today, Peter has an awaking of how much God works in others; even non-Jews. Peter was preaching a sermon about the Messiah; his death, resurrection, and the forgiveness of sin that is available to believers. There was a group of non-Jews (Gentiles) listening to Peter and all of a sudden the Holy Spirit fell on them. Before Peter could even baptize them with water, they were filled with the Spirit. God is no respecter of persons and Peter saw that very clearly as the Spirit found his home in new hearts. The Holy Spirit comes to those who put their trust in the work of Messiah and open their hearts to living for God.

Acts 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit Falls
44 While Peter was speaking, the Holy Spirit cascaded over all those listening to his message. 45 The Jewish brothers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on people who weren’t Jews, 46 for they heard them speaking in supernaturally given languages and passionately praising God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending the baptism of the Holy Spirit to fill all your children with love and power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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