MONDAY, AUGUST 16
“So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus,
whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”
Acts 2:36 (NLT2)
CONVERSION: TRUSTING, NOT ACTING
Little John’s grandfather was something of a philosopher and never missed an opportunity to give out bits of sage advice to his grandson. “Yessirree, Johnny,” he said one day, “remember, fools are certain, but wise men hesitate.” “Are you sure, Grandpa?” asked Johnny. “Yes, my boy,” said the old man, laying his gnarled hand on the youth’s head, “I’m absolutely certain.” (Bits and Pieces)
There are some things in life we can’t be certain of. However, in Acts 2 the Apostle Peter is arguing we can have certainty about who Jesus is and trust Him for our salvation. Peter concludes that Jesus is not only the Messiah but He is also God! And they killed Him! The significance of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was the authentication of Jesus as both Lord and Christ. As we might say today in the courtroom (and in a sense Peter was in a “courtroom” giving his defense of Jesus), Peter declared the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
Mike reminded us in the sermon that being a Christian was not about acting better but about trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Did you grow up believing you had to act religious for God’s acceptance? How did you realize that God wanted your faith and not your religion?
Thank God for providing the Holy Spirit as confirmation of who He is and how much He loves you. Ask God to give you the assurance you need to feel secure in your relationship with Him.