Acts opens where the gospels left off. We find the Lord, Jesus, presenting Himself to the apostles for a 40 day time speaking of things concerning the Kingdom. This I love so much about the character of Jesus. He did not leave the apostles to figure things out or weep and moan for understanding. He came to them with encouraged and finished teaching them. What a caring God!
We find in the first 4 chapters of Acts that the intentions of The LORD go against the rational of the human process. This astounds the unrighteous and brings attention to the peace of The Holy Spirit. The focus is not on the speaking in tongues but the evidence of the power of the Spirit. This same power is still evident today, giving us recognized representation that we belong to Him.
Day 3 was a cross roads day. I could and by all rational, should have been sad. Yet, I was not. The Spirit has filled me with such joy and gladness. I can celebrate my Daddy and his legacy not weep or morn over the first year without my Daddy. (Daddy lost his battle to liver failure one year ago this day, April 27.) By all human understanding I should be upset and hurting but I find myself rejoicing in the time I had. With excitement I look forward to the time I will have again. This is the power of the Holy Spirit.
The power of The Holy Spirit allows joy when the flesh says to morn. Excitement when the norm says pain. His power transcends understanding. Your place will be shaken and you will be filled with this same power of the Holy Spirit speaking His words in boldness. This power, this dynamis (in Greek)-force, energy, mighty ability. What did you journal this week that you recognized as the dynamis-power of the Holy Spirit as a gift?
The dynamis gift I have is this. A "mighty ability". A mighty ability as a bride, mother, and teacher. I set the mood for our home. My influence as my Lovers helper with under girding him and as an influence to train my babies how to conduct themselves by my actions and example. The more I am filled with the Spirit, the more excitement my family has about Him. The more understanding and wisdom of scripture I draw, the more desire they have towards scripture. Likewise, if I get frustrated, less peace is in our home. As the bride and mother, I have the dynamis-power of the Spirit to set up my home to receive Him.
Our intentional choices. They give attention to an intentional cause. Intentional choices cause a "look". A blepo (in Greek)-to observe, discern, imply special contemplation. A blepo look opens ones eyes to what is hard to see, invisible if you will. For example: The Lord opened her eyes and Hagar saw the well of water Genesis 21:19; then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam and he saw the Angel of the LORD Numbers 22:31; Elisha prayed and the LORD opened the servants eyes and he saw (the chariots of fire) 2Kings 6:17.
I love this prayer First5 offered this week. "So come and live Your life through me. Use every part of my being. My emotions, my thoughts, my will, my actions, my words, and my time as Your own. Fill me with Your power. Set my words on fire so I will declare Your glory and point others to You. Amen!". Peter was filled with The Holy Spirit to declare the power by which healing had been done. May you be filled with the power of The Holy Spirit this week. Declare the power through your days.
What a beautiful week The Acts Experience has brought. With a first week like this, my anticipation for great weeks ahead grow strong. I am so pumped for next week! Please share what you have been given with us through week 1 of The Acts Experience. Stay blessed!