Date: September 30, 2013 2:42 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Wait In His Presence
Wait In His Presence
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Scripture Focus: Acts 1:1-15
The Christian movement, ironically, started with something most westerners don't like: waiting. Each Gospel records the risen Jesus telling His followers to wait, as does Luke: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about" (vs. 4).
So between Christ's final appearance as a Man in His ascension and the moment when the Holy Spirit descended on them, the disciples waited. They didn't get ahead of themselves. Though he knew how the Lord promised they would "be my witnesses in Jerusalem and... to the ends of the earth," Peter, for once, restrained himself and waited. Thomas didn't rally the troops, and Mary didn't run to tell others about the risen Lord.
They did as they were told, waiting for the fulfillment of His presence in their lives. Jesus had given them their "marching orders," but they didn't move until they sat together in His temple, worshiping Him and receiving the power of His Spirit, the same power that comes to us as we wait on the Lord.
Insight: God often works His purposes for our lives when He asks us to wait in His presence.
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