Acts Lesson 1 Day 3

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BSF Acts and Letters of the Apostles

Questions

Acts 1:4-8

Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come soon.

6. Jesus gives instructions and commands.

  • Don’t leave Jerusalem for any reason.
  • Wait for what the Father promised.
  • You will “be baptized with (placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:5 AMPC)
  • “Receive power (ability, efficiency, and might)” (from Acts 1:8 AMPC)
    “be filled with power” (from Acts 1:8 TPT)

Empowered to—

Be Jesus’ witnesses (messengers) beginning with their hometown, in nearby villages, towns, and regions, and everywhere else.

7. a. Holy Spirit Baptism Transformation

Romans 8:9, 14-16; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 5:22-23

Takes up residence in our life (Romans 8:9)

Beckons us out of feeling like a slave into the Spirit of adoption in the bliss of which we cry, Abba Father! (Romans 8:14-16 paraphrase)

God “stamped his seal of love over our hearts and has given us the Holy Spirit live an engagement ring given to a bride–a down payment of the things to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:22 TPT)

The divine love of the Holy Spirit produces in us the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

b. What a Change

The power of the Holy Spirit transforms and uses the weak things of this world to confound the wise.

I’m one of those weak things. An introvert who was too timid to talk to a stranger.

Although I’m still an introvert, I’m bold when Holy Spirit prompts me. I become almost oblivious to everything else.

Read the story about John-Michael.

The Holy Spirit sometimes speaks to me in dreams and mental pictures. This morning as I woke up, I saw a small metal sign similar to something you might buy at a hardware store. It was about the size of a bumper sticker. The words “She he” were printed near the left side. It looked odd because they weren’t centered as I’d expect, and I had no idea what it meant.

Still groggy, I remembered several dreams and quickly wrote all of it down. Later, I saw the sign again and the thought, “look it up” came to mind. I knew it was from the Holy Spirit because my natural mind reasoned, “An internet search won’t pull up anything sensible for ‘she he’.” I was wrong.

Shehechiyanu

The third result was shehecheyanu, a Hebrew prayer or commemoration.

The Shehecheyanu blessing (Hebrewשהחינו‎, “Who has given us life”) is a common Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions. It is said to express gratitude to Hashem for new and unusual experiences or possessions.[1] The blessing is recorded in the Talmud (Berachot 54a, Pesakhim 7b, Sukkah 46a, etc.), indicating that it has been recited for over 2,000 years. (Wikipedia)

Some examples cited elsewhere include a baby’s first steps, first harvest from a garden, a new house, or a holiday gathering.

The Holy Spirit has been reminding me to be thankful and count my blessings instead of my woes. He’s also encouraging me to learn about Hebrew teachings and practices since they help us understand our Christian faith.


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