Week 2 Day 7
Joel 2:28 The Day of the Lord
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
On this day after Pentecost Sunday I’d like to share with you some ideas that Pastor Gary Daud shared yesterday in our “online” church service. He spoke on the apostle Peter and his ups and downs not so much from the standpoint of his weakness, but from the perspective that he demonstrated by his life the truth of following Christ in this world. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost did not transform Peter into a “perfected” picture of perfect performance. By his life following that great day he showed us some things from which we may take encouragement. Pastor Gary vocalized something which if we were completely honest we would have to acknowledge as true. 1.) “Even sanctified Christians can be wrong.” 2.) “Even sanctified Christians can have conflict.” 3.) Even sanctified Christians can grow.”
Simple statements but if we delve deeply into the writers of the New Testament letters we can see how much emphasis was placed on understanding where we stand in relationship to where others on the same journey are. The next time you find yourself at odds with a brother or sister in Christ pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you the gracious and biblical response to that person in all humility. That is the true empowerment of the Holy Spirit.