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Acts 1: Promise and Expectation
Posted on February 1st, 2013

Promise and Expectation

Acts 1:4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” …. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. ……. 13 When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon (the Zealot), and Judas (son of James). 14 They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.15 During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.
When you read Acts 1, can you feel the overwhelming sense of expectation that the believers are feeling in response of what the Lord Jesus Christ has just promised? Think about this in light of Christ’s recent resurrection. The majority of them had given up on Him at His crucifixion. Now Christ has done the most amazing thing. He got up from the grave on His own. Since He has done such an amazing feat, there is no room to now not believe what He has promised would come.

Just as the news of His recent resurrection reminded them of what He told them in the past, Christ is now reminding them of something else they had heard in the past as well. John baptized you with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days from now. This is a prophetic word from Jesus telling them that there is something that you are going to receive. Words of promise automatically instill in us a yearning for what God is going to do.

He didn’t stop there. He tells them that they will start something that will have a worldwide impact. But first they will receive power after they have received the Holy Ghost. When they receive the Holy Ghost, it is the very Spirit of God. This means that they are spiritually bound to the Almighty Creator. His Spirit is bound, intertwined and affixed to their spirits. This makes them children of God and gives them access to an intimate communion with God. This is to such a degree that you begin to feel the heart of God. It means you begin to see what He wants you to see. You begin to say what He wants to say.

Jesus is ending His earthly ministry at this point. After He gives this promise, He ascends into heaven and is enthroned in heaven. The King of kings has now sat on His thrown and will now work through the ones that He has chosen.

I am sure the disciples were thinking “We missed it when He rose from the grave, but we don’t want to miss it this time.” What did they do? They went to Jerusalem just as Jesus said. They met in the upper room of a house and the bible says “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer (1:14).” 

This is a pattern for us to follow in this stage of this congregation. When God has given you a promise, you don’t just sit and wait for it to happen. You must go after it with an expectation. The next phase for this congregation is to P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens). We have a promise from God. We have been given a challenge from God. If each person wins one soul in the next month, the congregation doubles. It is just simple math. 

We are about to see God make things happen, because we will P.U.S.H. Yes. God will send His Spirit to the city of Bowie. Now is the time to meet together and unite in prayer with an expectation that God will help us find and win souls for His Kingdom.

We will see in Acts 2 on tomorrow how God does this miraculous thing with His original disciples. Not only them, but it has happened to you and I and anyone who would ask.


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