Fire - Your Place to Burn
Monday, April 30
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost is one of the most well known events recorded in the New Testament…and rightly so. Until this time, the Holy Spirit had only been experienced in a very limited fashion. On this day, because Jesus’ redemptive work had been accomplished, the Holy Spirit could now personally and intimately indwell God’s people. Something that is important to realize is that there were 120 people gathered in what the Bible refers to as the ‘Upper Room’ that day. Today’s text makes it very clear that when the fire came it rested on every person in the that room. Not just the Apostles, or just the men, or just the most qualified, or even the ones who had the most tenure…the fire came “and rested on each one of them”. What does this mean for you? It means that the Holy Spirit has a personal gift of fire for you. You don’t have to be on a church’s payroll, or ministry staff, or have any type of seminary degree. All you have to be to receive the fire of the Holy Spirit is born again. God isn’t content with you sitting back and watching others burn and you shouldn’t be either. Ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh outpouring of the fire of God upon your life today.
Tuesday, May 1
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.
Most people, when they read Acts 2, get so caught up in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they fail to see that God not only poured out His fire on the Church but He also laid out the vision of how the Church should operate with that fire. Today’s text says that the Church met in the temple and in homes. Another words, they enjoyed the large celebratory gatherings, or services, as well as the intimate fellowship of smaller groups. The Bible doesn’t emphasize either as being more or less important than the other. It also doesn’t list either as optional. The Lord knows the needs of people, after all, He created them. He created you with the need for the inspiration and excitement of a corporate service where you receive divine preaching and teaching and enjoy powerful worship. He also created you with a need for more intimate fellowship where you can be ministered to personally as well as operate in your personal ministry. He never intended for you to be just a face in a large crowd. He gave you the gifting and talents you have to be used as a blessing to those in the Body of Christ and that can’t always happen in a large gathering. If you want to experience true fulfillment as a believer you must do things God’s way. He set up His church to operate in a fashion where you get the best of both worlds. You can be a part of a thriving on fire church that’s growing and flourishing while the same time enjoying the fellowship and companionship of a group of people who you choose to live life with on a daily basis.
Wednesday, May 2
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
This verse contains the answer to one of the biggest issues that unbelieving people have when it comes to the Bible. To those who aren’t in a relationship with Christ, and sadly to some who are, the Bible seems outdated and antiquated. Why? Because they haven’t allowed the word’s written it to establish faith in their life. The reason why the author of Hebrews could say that the Word of God is ‘living and active’ is because those words bring fresh life and action to your life when you take them to heart. If more believers gave the Word of God the opportunity to establish faith in their lives the world around them would know that the words contained in that ‘outdated and antiquated’ Book were actually relevant and eternal. Faith is simply belief unto action. If you don’t allow those life giving words to change the way you live you can’t honestly say that you have faith in them. Start comparing your current state of life to the life described in the Word of God. Doing so will show you where your faith is weak and where it’s strong. All the while, those who are on the outside looking in will take notice of the life changing power contained in it’s pages.
Thursday, May 3
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Something that many believers fall into after being born again is the trap of trying to ‘live up’ to the position that they’ve received. They misinterpret verses like the one in today’s text and start trying to work for their salvation. What they fail to realize is that just as they couldn’t do anything other than receive the gift of righteousness from Jesus, they are no more capable achieving the salvation that is available for believers to walk in. Today’s verse reads ‘work out’ your salvation, not work ‘for’ it. How do you work something out? It’s really quite simple. You work in relationship with the provider. The relationship that was established with your Father when you we’re born again is the key to walking out your salvation. You don’t have to work for the relationship you just have to work on it. The key to experiencing all the benefits of the Kingdom is to live life alongside the King. He will lead you in a victorious life as long as you follow Him. Every blessing and promise come from His hand and all you have to do is receive them just like you did when you asked Him to be born again.
Friday, May 4
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Are you experiencing the glory of God in your life? Do you even know what that looks like? If not, you’re not alone. Most Christians walk through life seldom, if ever, experiencing His glory. This doesn’t mean that you’re trying walk around glowing with radiant light because you’ve entered some Heavenly place. Not that that’s impossible but it’s definitely not the norm, nor is it intended to be. Think about a time when God used you to encourage someone who was in a bad place in life, or when one of your children made a decision to follow Christ. Perhaps He used you to bring physical healing into someones body when you were obedient to lay hands on them. That feeling of fullness and joy, excitement and pleasure, that came in that moment when you experienced Him move through you…that’s glory! The feeling that He was right there in the very same room because you were being His vessel to show His love and heart to someone who needed it so desperately…that’s glory! Truly experiencing His salvation will come with displays of His glory. The more obedient you are to walk out your salvation the more you will experience and walk in His glory. So what are you waiting for? Begin intentionally and purposefully seeking opportunities to bring Him into the situations and circumstances that your walking through. His glory is just a decision away.
Saturday, May 5
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
In today’s American society, serving others implies a state of weakness or low social status. In the Kingdom of God however, it is viewed very differently. Jesus, the greatest man to ever put on skin, was also the greatest servant to ever live. He didn’t view His power and ability, spiritual or physical, as a reason to be served. He totally flipped the script by using those strengths to reach out to and serve others, not to exalt Himself. The Bible says that He was full of grace and truth. He allowed the serving grace of God to empower Him to live a life that met every need that He came in contact with. Many people never learn the true call of God upon their life because they fail to access God’s serving grace. Serving grace will impart calling and purpose and then enable you to accomplish them. No matter what the call upon your life is, or how many gifts you can operate in, they are all put in and upon your life to serve others. Have you been asking God what your calling in life is? If so, the answer is to serve others. When you purpose to operate in serving grace, God will reveal the call and gifts that He has placed in you to better serve those who He puts in your life.
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