Acts

“…but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NAS)

As I sat down to do my devotion today, I opened my Bible to the book of Acts. It always strikes me as strange that this powerful book that talks about the coming of the Holy Spirit and the first revival in the church was not named “Pentecost,” “Disciples” or “Peter.” This great book was given the title “Acts.”

The word “Acts” reminds me of the popular phrases of today like “Just do it” or “Git ‘er done.” The disciples definitely ACTED and started a revival that changed the world even to this day. 

Acts is my favorite book of the Bible. This ragtag group of twelve men changed history and the world. It was not of their strength, but it was the moving of the Holy Spirit through their willing vessels. Not one of them represented “the church” of the day. Not one of them was innocent or perfect. They all had sin in their pasts. They exhibited rough exteriors, but because of the time spent with Jesus and then the Holy Spirit, they were changed individuals. They laid down their lives, families, possessions and followed the call of God. They ACTED not just by praying and giving, but also by going and by doing all that God asked of them. They dedicated their entire lives to God’s call.

My prayer today is: Lord, please let me ACT according to your will and purpose. Give me the courage and strength to do whatever it is that you are asking me to do. It is the same Holy Spirit dwelling in me that dwelt in the twelve disciples, and I want that Holy Spirit to give me the power to perform miracles, heal the sick, cast out evil spirits and lead people to you. Amen.