Thursday, May 11

The promise is for you 

Scripture: Acts 2

Acts 2:38–39 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call to himself.”

Observation

After Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, the people asked “What should we do?” Peter had a clear and ready answer with a promise: repent and be baptized (their part), and you’ll be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (God’s part).

Then Peter reminds them that the promise—the gift of the Holy Spirit—is for everyone who responds to God’s call: for them and their children and for all who are far away (us). The promise is for you.

In Acts 1:4-5, Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for “the promise of the Father” and then explains that they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 

After receiving the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter explained to the crowd that what they were witnessing was “the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father” (Acts 2:33). 

The promise is for you—the promised gift of the Holy Spirit and all that comes with Him: new life, power, forgiveness, the fruit and the gifts, the indwelling presence of God. The promise is for you.

Application

First, I’m grateful for the promise of the Holy Spirit and all that He brings into my life. 

Second, I want to “keep on being filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). I often live way under the level God has provided. Rather than “running on full,” I’m often running on empty, or half full. I depend too much on my own power, strength and savvy. I want to start each day with a prayer for the Spirit to fill me, and then live in the awareness of His presence and dependence on His power. 

Prayer: Lord, I love You! Thank You for the promise! Please fill me with the Holy Spirit right now and all day, and help me live in the fullness of the Spirit, not my own strength. 

More: 1 Samuel 21-22, Proverbs 11, Mark 11