Relationship & Prayer, Part 2

It is written in the book of Acts, “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Where did this boldness come from? To speak the word of God… with boldness! And how many of the first Christians did this? How many spoke the word of God with boldness? The Bible says, “Then they ALL…” How many of them? All of them! They were all filled with the Holy Spirit! They all spoke the word of God with boldness!

How did that happen? The verse tells us it happened after they had prayed. What does it say? “And when they had prayed…” They were assembled together. And they prayed… together! In one accord! And then the place was shaken! Shaken!!!

Picture the scene. Imagine it, as if you were there. Because God is waiting to pour out His Spirit again, today. He is waiting to pour out His Spirit upon His people today, like He did back then. This was not just some random occurrence. God did not just randomly decide to pour out His Spirit. It did not happen without the Christian’s cooperation with Christ. First, they had to obey the command of Jesus…

Persecution couldn’t stop them. They remained united and God continued to bless them. He poured out His Spirit on them all, and continued to do so… The power of the Holy Spirit filling each believer so that ALL of them could speak the word of God with boldness…

So what is the problem with the church today? Today, 2,000 years after Pentecost what holds people back from accepting the Everlasting Gospel? They hear those Bible truths, and I know. I’ve seen people hear those Bible truths, and they say, “You know, that sounds more accurate.” Because they may tend to be bible believers… and yet, something holds them back…  

“We tend to make peace with our family traditions (or our comfortableness) before we make peace with cutting Bible truths.

So is it impossible for today’s post-modern Christians to come together like that? To come together in obedience to Jesus’ prayer? To fulfill the gospel commission? What about Seventh-day Adventists? Can Adventists come together in united-ness, in obedience to Jesus’ prayer? Can we come together in fellowship and prayer like those early Christians did at Pentecost? 

The YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Byi5ZoTdALo

The audio podcast link: https://anchor.fm/dean-c-read/episodes/Relationship–Prayer–Part-2-e1fot66

Published by Dean C. Read

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God's love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God's word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor's degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.

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