Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Not Up - - But Out
Pastor Jerry ministered, on
Ascension Sunday, regarding 40 days prior to Jesus returning to His
The number 40 was important to
the Jewish people. 40 days Moses was on the mountain. They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.Jesus showed himself alive for a period of 40
John 17:20-26 Jesus prayed
not just for his followers, but for those who would believe by receiving their
word.His prayer included you and me.
For days, Jesus had been
preparing his disciples about his death and resurrection, and they still did
not understand.When Jesus was
crucified, they almost gave UP.But they
were not counted OUT.There were still
options open to them.
In three days, their fears
were relieved as they realized that Jesus was truly alive.
Luke 24: 44-53 Jesus began to
show his followers, prophesies from the scriptures about his death and
resurrection, and to open their understanding.
He wanted them to know there
was no need to give UP, but He would make a way OUT.
For many days after his
resurrection, and prior to His ascension, Jesus opened up the Old Testament
scriptures and explained how He had fulfilled many of them.
On the day of Pentecost Peter would explain
even more of the Old Testament prophesies regarding the Holy Spirit.
There was more that would be
available to them, and that was power to be witnesses and to be able to move in
the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Tarry in Jerusalem until the Holy Ghost ascends upon
you, were Jesus final words.
WAIT for the Baptism of the
Holy Spirit that would endue them with an anointing to go OUT and preach the
Jesus was going UP in a cloud
and they were not at this time going up with Him. Prior to his death, he had given them a
declaration to preach, teach, heal and do miracles, but there was spiritually
They were to wait until the power
fell, and that is what they did.
Returning to Jerusalem, they rejoiced in all they had seen
and heard and were continually in the temple praising God and waiting.
Today we may have been hit
with doubts, fears, questions, but we are not giving UP.
We are not DOWN for the count.There is always an option for us and God by
His Holy Spirit will direct our path toward the proper choice. We are sent to carry OUT his gospel of good news.
Perhaps we need to find a
quiet place and WAIT for the refreshing of the precious Holy Spirit to renew and refill our