Holiday stress…



Scripture: Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, (the disciples) were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Observation: It’s remarkable really. Before the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ disciples were hidden behind closed doors. They were afraid they might be arrested and even killed as Jesus had been. How in the world could they fulfill their calling as bearers of good news to the world when they wouldn’t leave the house?! But with the coming of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were transformed – as we will read in the rest of the book of Acts. Fear was replaced with boldness and the world has never been the same.

Application: As I write this morning I need some empowerment in the Holy Spirit. There are many demands this time of year – demands of family, work, and more. At times it can be overwhelming. Know what I mean? So this morning I’m praying for the Lord to do a work in me that only God can do. Let’s pray together.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, this is a wonderful time of year – and also a potentially stressful time of year. Give us grace to receive your Holy Spirit as the first disciples did, for with you all things are possible. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.

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