2 Samuel 22:1-23:23 Acts 2:1-47 Psalm 122:1-9 Proverbs 16:19-20
Verse of the Day:
“Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
During his first sermon recorded in the book of Acts, Peter give us a plan for life change. After hearing his words, the people were pierced in their hearts and wanted to know how to receive forgiveness and new life. Peter give them four things to do 1. Repent, 2. Turn to God, 3. Be Baptized and 4. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Many people sit in church services and feel bad for their life choices. They desire to have forgiveness of sin. However, feeling bad is not enough. Repentance is a turning away from the old life and life choices. Repentance is not just turning away from the past but it is important that you turn to something. We must turn from our own ways and turn to God’s. Step one and two are the complete picture of what repentance is.
Many people understand that the next step after repentance and turning to God is to get baptized in water. This is an outward sign of the inward change that has taken place in their lives. This is a public declaration that you are dying to your old self and coming to life again in and through Christ. He is our new direction.
As powerful as steps one, two and three are, that is where many Christians stop. However, God has a gift to give each of us. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit; and not just his spirit working in our lives but working through our lives. The disciples were immersed in God’s presence on the day of Pentecost and empowered to both be witnesses and to live lives committed to God.
Have you left your gift unclaimed? Has you Christian life seemed to come up short of expectations? Reach out to God today and accept the gift of his Holy Spirit. Invite him to indwell within you and to begin to flow through you. Allow his gifts to grow in your life and his fruit to develop within you. It is not just enough to turn from sin, you must turn to God, but when you do you have the gift of his presence to walk with you in your new life. Expect great things when the Spirit of God gets involved.