Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

Post Date:

Saturday, 2017-12-16
SCRIPTURE

From:

Acts 2:5-7 (ERV)

Text:

There were some godly Jews in Jerusalem at this time. They were from every country in the world. A large crowd came together because they heard the noise. They were surprised because, as the apostles were speaking, everyone heard in their own language.

They were all amazed at this. They did not understand how the apostles could do this. They said, “Look! These men we hear speaking are all from Galilee.

OBSERVATION:
The day of Pentecost was an annual spring feast at which the Jews presented the first-fruits of their wheat harvest to God.  God received a new crop of believers, ‘Christians’, on this particular day of Pentecost. The Jews also celebrated Pentecost as the anniversary of the giving of the Mosaic Law. Paul regarded the Spirit’s indwelling presence as God’s replacement for the external guidance that the Mosaic Law had provided believers under that old covenant. All the male Jews who lived up to 20 miles from Jerusalem were expected to travel to Jerusalem to attend these feasts at the central sanctuary. What a great opportunity for God to remind them yet again of the power of the Trinity.
APPLICATION:
When the believers went to that Upper Room, I wonder if they had a heart for reaching the many Jews  who were in their town that day. I wonder if they had ever been blessed to speak in tongues before this day. I wonder if they had any idea that they were speaking in tongues, or if they had any idea that the gift would be used to touch others – especially others outside of the building they were in. I found it extremely interesting, from the several translations that I read these verses in, that the Word says nothing about the disciples speaking in the tongues of the various Jews present in their town, but rather, that the Jews from their respective countries heard it in their own language. I believe that this is an important nugget, because this means that God was responsible for these Jews hearing in their own tongue what He knew they needed for their own lives and ministries at that specific time. Friends, I want you to stop for a moment and let that sink in real good. Our Savior and our Lord, our God, has the awesome power to hear the cry of His children about the needs of our churches and our communities. Many of us are filled with insecurities, but God has the power to use whatever little we offer in total obedience to Him, and use it to reach the lost, or minister to the sick, or even stir the hearts of the lost, so that He may be glorified in all things, even through our simple, but heartfelt efforts. Wow! So what would you ask God to do for you in your church; how about in your family; or more widely – in your community? Have you pleaded with Him for it? He is God, so He knows ALL things about you, but I really believe that He enjoys hearing His children coming to Him and sharing their heart.
PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, please help us to stop complaining about all that should be done, and instead burden our hearts for all we can do. We are powerless to meet the spiritual needs of our communities, but Lord, may we become so very serious about reaching the lost and encouraging the saints that it will not seem unreal for You to work through us in touching others. Please move powerfully in our communities, because there appears to be an increasing number of the lost and careless that we come into contact with. To You be all the honor and glory, oh Lord! AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

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