September 15

Gifts that keep on giving!

by Pat Norman

After the Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus made His presence known to the disciples for forty days teaching them about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised which you have heard me speak about.”1:4 One day after telling them how they will be His witnesses, Jesus is taken up to heaven before their very eyes, and two messengers in white appear at the same time to tell them that Jesus will return in like manner. WOW! How awesome that must have been to behold!   At another time, on the day of Pentecost when the sound and fire suddenly came upon the disciples and believers gathered, they were all baptized as Jesus promised.  They were “filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 2:4 Then those hearing asked, “How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?” 2:8   It was another “WOW” moment from God for believers. One of the first devotionals I wrote was about the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) and how God confused the language of the people who were doing what they wanted. My ending was “So, the smart folks were changed from speaking one language in one place to being confused and scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. God’s purpose prevailed! I found some understanding of why we are better off without everyone thinking and speaking the same, unless it is based on God’s Word we read in the Bible. What do you think?” Here God’s purpose prevailed again. That day different languages were understood by each as his own to promote unity among the Christians. The timeless truth lesson is the Father promises and delivers; the Holy Spirit will always be with us; Jesus will return as He left. Today I know I can call upon Spirit of the living God to fall afresh on me (and you) anytime.  What a gift!

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