Don’t Miss Out by Jeannie Cunnion-Daring To Believe Life is Better with the Holy Spirit!
Week Three Chapters 11-15
For a recap of Week Two
Read Acts 2
I have to be totally honest with you, as I read this book, I think that “this” week is the best. So much to learn and appreciate. Then, I read the next week’s assignments and think, no, “this is the best week. Jeannie Cunnion really dives into the Holy Spirit and makes it so easy to understand and relate to. I know these are my notes on the study and what I gleaned from them, but if you are curious to know more, I encourage you to read Don’t Miss Out. I can not remember the last time I have been so spelled bond by a book.
He Empowers Jesus!
Let’s jump right in with learning who empowered Jesus. Yup, you guessed it! The Holy Spirit is who empowered Jesus as He started His ministry. We know Jesus was baptized with water by John the Baptist. But what some may have missed is what happened next, two awe-inspiring things.
- First, the Spirit of God filled Jesus and empowered Him for his ministry.
- Second, God the Father affirmed Jesus as His Son in whom He was well pleased
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17
"I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him." John 1:32
Let’s talk about the significance of the dove. John noted he saw the dove ( the Holy Spirit) come down and remain on Jesus. The fascinating tidbit revolves around the word ‘remains.’ If you know anything about doves (which I really did not, only that they are white), they are very skittish. Suppose they are startled in any way; they tend to fly away quickly. To think that Jesus had such peaceful continence, that the dove felt comfortable enough to stay on him tells us how pure and sinless our Jesus is.
To Wait or Not to Wait?
Jesus told the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit is sent to them, Luke 24:49. Just as the disciples had to wait for the Holy Spirit, Jesus too had to wait until the Spirit of God indwelled him. It’s clear to see that without the Spirit of God, Jesus could not complete his ministry. It’s wonderful to know that God’s timing is perfect.
He Gave Power to the Disciples!
So the disciples waited for the Spirit to come upon them. Not only did they wait, but they waited with joyful hearts, praising Jesus. I love that image of them waiting for the promised Spirit and had to think about my waiting on the Lord. Though I know His timing is perfect, goodness, it can be hard to wait for his answer. Let’s remember to turn to scripture when we struggle with being patient with God. Here are a few verses to help.
Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,be constant in prayer." Psalm 27:14 "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Exodus 14:14 "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Isaiah 30:18 "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" 2 Peter 3:8 "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."
He Gave His P0wer to Peter!
Jeannie gave a great example of the power of the Holy Spirit at work, in Peter. It was Peter who struggled with being loyal to Jesus and all that He offered. He was a man who cared very much what his peers thought of him, and he was the one that denied Jesus 3 times. I share this because it is so important when you see Peter after receiving the indwelling of the Spirit. He was bold and confident, speaking with authority on Jesus.
He Gives His Power to Us!
Let’s think about that for a minute. The Spirit of God was sent to Jesus when it was his time to start his ministry. The Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples when it was time to start their ministry after Jesus ascended to heaven. When we believe in faith that Jesus is our Savior, we receive the Spirit as well. Therefore, it’s with a sense of profound peace that I know he gave his power to us as well. Did you catch that? The Spirit of God lives in US! I don’t know about you, but that stops me in my tracks and gives me goosebumps all at the same time.
But wait, there’s more; think about what the power of the Spirit does. It makes us alive with the power of God, it gives us the confidence to share the gospel with others, it has the power to transform hearts for His glory, and the power to live boldly in Jesus. Can you say Amen! I know it would be easy to be intimidated by that, but friends, if the power of the Spirit can do all that is mentioned above, let’s not fear it; let’s rest in faith that He will give us the power to activate him in our lives.
Knowing he lives in us, we must make Him feel welcome in our lives. Just because He lives in us doesn’t mean he is fully at work in us. We need to spend time in prayer with him, asking for his guidance.
He is the Spirit of Truth!
One important role the Holy Spirit plays is to lead us to the truth, Jesus! The Spirit will always lead us back to Jesus. He is our personal guide to know Jesus more intimately. The Spirit will never lie. He is completely trustworthy and faithful. He guides us in the Truth. I have to say; I never again want to walk this world without the best guide, the Holy Spirit.
I pray you will welcome him into your life as your guide for this turbulent world we live in.
"I am the way and the truth and life."John 14:6Share with a friend!