Day 1 – God made a promise

Luke 24:36-49 (CEV)

While Jesus’ disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. 37 They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. 38 But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? 39 Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40 After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish. 43 He took it and ate it as they watched. 44 Jesus said to them, ere talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared “While I was still with you, I told you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Books of the Prophets, and in the Psalms had to happen.” 45 Then he helped them understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them: The Scriptures say that the Messiah must suffer, then three days later he will rise from death. 47 They also say that all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalem, 48 you must tell everything that has happened. 49 I will send you the one my Father has promised, but you must stay in the city until you are given power from heaven.

God made a promise to the church, a promise that Jesus was about to fulfill and as a result, the church will never, ever be the same. The day of Pentecost was coming; a day where fresh fire will fall upon the church, a day where the ordinary will be transformed into the extra-ordinary.  And church…you need to know His fire still burns strong today and ordinary everyday people like you and I, are daily still being reconditioned by the Spirit of the Living God. This my friends is ‘The Joy of the Spirit-Filled Life’ – a life that has been turned right-side up by the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Pray that over the course of the next month, you will stay the course (like with the disciples…v49) until fresh Holy Spirit power is given to you from Heaven.