Morning Devotion: Read Acts 1

Acts 2:1  ¶And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Remember the Lord told the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise. Their obedience was rewarded with the power of God.

We need to know another great truth today. God is the one who gives that power through the Holy Spirit. It is the promise of the Father.

It is also the promise of The Son. Jesus said in Luke 24:49  And, behold, “I” send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Jesus also said: John 16:7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, “I” will send him unto you.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

14  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15  All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

God the Father gives the Holy Ghost and Jesus gives the Holy Ghost. Do you know why both names are listed? Because Jesus is God.

John the Baptist made it very clear that Jesus is the one who baptizes with the Holy Ghost and with fire.

Matthew 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Here is a very simple point this morning. If you have placed your faith and belief in Jesus, you will have the Holy Ghost. No Jesus, no Holy Ghost.

Ephesians 1:12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, “who first trusted in Christ.”

13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

All those people in the upper room believed in Jesus; they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.

You can pray all day long and not have the Holy Ghost. You can practice all the religion you want and not have the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is given when you turn from sin and self and cast your enteral soul upon Jesus to save you, then He blesses you with the Holy Ghost.

1 John 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The disciples received the power of God via the Holy Ghost and that through Jesus. In Christ Jesus every believer has the wonderful power of the Holy Ghost. My fellow believer, are you using the power God gave you?

Acts 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook