TODAY'S MANNA for Thursday July 31, 2014
Have you been added to the book of life through Christ Jesus?
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:41 King James Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Think about it, can you imagine a man who, just days before, had denied that he even knew Jesus. He gets filled with the Holy Spirit and fire (an experience that is subsequent to the new birth), stands up and preaches his first sermon and 3,000 people repent and call on Jesus to be their Lord! How would they have received the Word unless they heard it? How will they hear the Word unless we preach it? How can we preach the Word to them that need to receive it, unless we first receive it, are filled with the Holy Spirit and fire, and the commission from Jesus to go. If we remain inside the four walls of our church building and don't go out how will they hear? We can't expect the unsaved to come into church to hear us preach the Word to them. Jesus said to GO into ALL the world and make disciples of all nations! Two thirds of God's name is "go"! We have to go and tell them, just like Peter went out of the upper room into the town square and preached the 'Gospel' to them that would receive. Peter wasn't Pastor Peter or Reverend Peter, or 1st Pope Peter when he went out and told the people about the Gospel. He was just a believer, a disciple (a student) of Jesus, baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire that Jesus promised us and told us to receive before we went out. A baptism that is subsequent to believing! It is something received beyond and after the ‘new birth’. "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." (Zec 4:6 KJV) Have you told anyone about Jesus today?
Father, we ask You in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to change our hearts Lord. Help us to have the compassion that You have for the lost, for those that don't know the way home to You. Help us to become bold through the infilling of Your Holy Spirit, just like on the day of Pentecost. Lord, baptize us with Your Holy Spirit and with Fire, that we may become bold in the spirit for You. Just like the boldness that overtook Peter and saw 3,000 added to Your Kingdom in one preaching! Father, we give ourselves unto You this day, from this day forward to do Your will and Your Plan, Your way. In Jesus' Mighty name.
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