Acts 1: Do You Have God’s Power?
Verse of the Day: (V8) “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
1. Power (V1-14)
V7 “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
After His death and resurrection, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, and told them that they would never know the exact date and time of His return on earth. However, Jesus promised them that He shall send the Holy Ghost to indwell in their hearts so that they shall have His power to be witnesses for Him to preach His Gospel of love, death, burial, resurrection and return, in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria and the regions beyond.
V8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
2. Peter (V15-23)
V15 “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
God convicted Peter, the apostle who denied Jesus three times, to be the leader of Jesus’ disciples as Peter led them in choosing a replacement for Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. Though both Peter and Judas failed Jesus, yet only Peter truly repented of his sins, while Judas did not repent of his sins but instead he hanged himself out of guilt.
V16 “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.”
3. Prayed (V24-26)
V24 “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,”
Jesus’ disciples appointed Matthias to succeed Judas Iscariot after much prayer. They knew that only God could show them the replacement for Judas. Indeed, let us pray to God and wait upon His answer, as only He knows the heart of man and the issue of life.
V26 “And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I have Your power to preach and share Your Word.