Momentum: The Spirit of God at Work
Jesus’ instruction in Acts 1:4–8 included the admonition to “wait for what the Father had promised” and “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses….”
When on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached of Jesus as “both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36), some were convicted, asking “what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Peter replied, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself” (Acts 2:38–39).
It is the gift of the Spirit that seals us in Christ, who makes us a child of God and is our guarantee of eternal life. And thus we become his witnesses (Acts 1:8). It’s our spiritual DNA.
Mark references to the Spirit in Acts and list all you observe from the text. It provides perspective on living and being led by the Spirit — the power and the direction that is ours. He’s the one, beloved of God, who enables us to “speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
Knowing and walking in this knowledge brings momentum. It prompts you to begin your day asking to be led by his Spirit, to seek his will, wisdom, direction and strength. No situation or activity is too mundane.
For instance, as I first wrote these words my husband was dying, so I tried to do most of my work in our bedroom. When I left his side I asked God, by his Spirit, to prompt me to check on him. It’s amazing!
And when I am “out and about,” I ask God to show me if I am to share Jesus with the person I’m talking to — and how. And when I do, it fires my soul.
It’s life in the Spirit and the momentum grows!
*All Scripture citations in this article are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
Kay Arthur is the co-founder of Precept Ministries. Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life™, a daily television, radio and online program with an audience reach of over 75 million households, broadcasting into more than 30 countries. This post is an excerpt from her article in the 2017 spring Edition of Outcomes magazine.
Look for this series of special posts on the Saturdays leading up to The Outcomes Conference April 4-6, 2017. The theme for 2017 is MOMENTUM. Kay Arthur will also be speaking at The Outcomes Conference 2017 Women’s Luncheon.
Be sure to read the other posts in this series: