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Acts 1:9-11, The Lord's United Design, serves as the last of four parts in The Kingdom Plan and Purpose series on 1:6-11 that unites God's plan with His power, His mission with the Holy Spirit. Every strong believer clearly lives for God's purpose by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope that we all are beginning to see how the plan of God works together with the power of God. God never calls one to do a task that He does not enable him or her to do. We can think about this with parenting, student, witnessing, personal living, leading, etc.
It is important that we learn how to unite the power with the plan. When this happens, great things begin to happen. Before this happens, though, we are much like the disciples here. They stood gazing at Jesus' ascension and were rebuked.
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; 11 and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."
Why were the disciples rebuked? The angels affirmed that Jesus had not only ascended but at the right time will descend. In other words, Jesus is alive. He is directing the church. This is such a critical point that will be repeated all the way through the Book of Acts.
Below is a diagram which shows Christ coming to earth (incarnation) and ascending to heaven (asension - these verses). The Holy Spirit would descend (see in chapter 2 of Acts) and work in all the believers until Christ comes again as the angels said.
We cannot just sit on the sidelines. Oh, no. We are the players. The game is going on. You are responsible for your part. If you do not know what it is, then you better get close to God and find out. If you feel inadequate for your position, then call upon Him who strengthens you to rightly handle that job to His glory. Every believer not only has the Holy Spirit but is accountable to allow the Spirit of Christ to live through his life.
We need to stop being so attracted by the world. Is not the world increasingly getting evil? Why would you flirt with it? Why not instead become preoccupied with what God wants to do through your life. This is kingdom living. Being alert and ready to see God work in and through you. It is a total different mentality than the average Christian.
It is when we combine the divine power with the divine plan, we are set up on our feet, armed and ready for spiritual battle. Don't just think about what Jesus did, but focus on the implications of God saving you and imparting His Spirit in your life.
Let's briefly mention three misunderstandings of the giving of the Holy Spirit.
Be open to pray for the sick, witness to the lost, pray for the impossible. Try to sense what God would want to do through you even in dark and terrifying times. Be at peace.
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