Zechariah 4:6 – …‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.
What a relief! Ministry isn’t something we have do on our own strength – it’s by HIS Spirit alone! That sure takes a weight off of my shoulders! Tonight, we continue through Acts 2 in our “To the End of the Earth” series through Acts. It’s been incredible to see the exit of Christ and the entrance of the Holy Spirit. Last week we saw the Holy Spirit appear in a very powerful way and tonight we look at Peter, now supercharged by this new presence in his life. No longer is he the sword-wielding, ear-chopping, Christ-denying, foot-in-mouth disciple that he is so well known to be. Instead, he is bold, direct, and Christ-centered. He delivers a sermon that packs a punch…such a powerful punch, that thousands of devout Jews (some who live hundreds of miles away from Jerusalem and are just in town for the feast of Pentecost) accept Christ after hearing Peter’s words (Acts 1:41). Incredible!
It’s a great reminder to all of us that when God is given control of someone’s life, you’d better either get on board or get out of the way! A life surrendered to Christ is a very powerful thing. The disciples prayed for the gift of the Spirit and when He showed up, things changed…quickly and powerfully. That same Spirit is available for us today. It’s as simple as a prayer – confessing your sin and inviting Him in as your Savior. At that point, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you, making you capable of the unthinkable!
To illustrate the power of the simplicity of the Gospel, check out the Holy Spirit doing His work of conviction through this chick…while she’s getting robbed!
Oh, and if you’re reading this before 6:30pm, it’s not too late to join us for church tonight at Awaken! If you missed it, all the messages are available in our message archive on our website or also in our podcast in iTunes. Enjoy!