Where Does Your Praise Point?
Many Christians feel like the cow who saw a milk carton and wondered why her milk had to be pasteurized, homogenized, have vitamins added, and fat removed. Her best wasn’t good enough.
Do you ever feel like that? Is your Christian life going anywhere? Do you get more excited about twenty other things than about your relationship with Christ?
Jesus’ early followers considered Pentecost the anniversary of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. The Spirit’s coming at Pentecost connected the Old and New Testaments. Obedience to God is central to both. The Spirit empowers you to please God.
At Pentecost roaring wind, tongues of fire, and inspired speech marked the coming of the Holy Spirit. Fire represents God’s purifying presence to burn away the impurities of your heart and set it aflame to ignite the hearts of others. Words about Jesus on your lips reveal fire in your heart. At Pentecost the Spirit ignited 120 hearts who then filled the air of Jerusalem with praise to God.
Genuine praise attracts. If I praise my shampoo, you just might try it if you’re dissatisfied with your own. To what do you draw attention with the power of praise?
Receiving and being filled with the Spirit aren’t the same thing. You receive the Holy Spirit when you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Forgiver and Leader. That doesn’t guarantee that you’re filled with the Holy Spirit.
Imagine two people in a car with one set of controls. Only one can drive. The other must submit to the driver’s control. Is Jesus the driver in your life? Do you consistently become impatient, find it almost impossible to forgive those who’ve wronged you, and refuse to give yourself away? Are words about Jesus rarely on your lips? These all mark a self-controlled life.
A Spirit-filled life bears fruit. On the day of Pentecost, Peter steered the conversation toward Jesus. His sermon was Christ-centered. He talked about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and exaltation to the throne of God. In verse 37, thousands under conviction cried out, “What shall we do?”
Peter told them to turn from selfishness and rebellion against God. That’s repentance. He told them to turn to Jesus for forgiveness, guidance, and purpose. That’s faith. Baptism is the icing on the cake. It’s a public testimony one no longer identifies with the world but with Christ and His church.
The early Christians were single-mindedly committed to teaching, fellowship, and prayer with pure motives. God empowered them to share what they had with needy members of the group. When God controls you, you’ll want to be with other believers, continually praise Him, and be a giver. People remember what excites you. Is that Jesus Christ and His church? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources
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