Jul 18, 2012

Wednesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Acts 1

Hot Dog! We are moving on to Acts! I am doing the Worship Wednesday happy dance over here!

Nothing against Ecclesiastes, but A) it was hard to follow at times and B) it was a pain to keep spelling out on the blog every day! :)

ACTS! Here we come!

A little about Acts: Research shows that is was probably written by Luke, the Phsysician. Also, research shows that it was written around AD 63 or even later.

I am not a "research-y" girl, but I thought it was important for you to know who wrote it and when it was written. It's just good to know these things. :)

In the first chapter today, it describes Jesus' triumphant return from death on the cross and His teaching on Earth during those 40 days back on Earth.

Did you catch that? 40 days? Sound familiar?

40 days is very significant, girls. Hence, our 40 day Prayer Challenge.

I have to admit, Jesus may as well have titled this first chapter of Acts, "To Jill Hill. Read this.Yes, you."

Several things speak to me.

 First, in V. 3 it says that "He gave them many convincing proofs that He was alive..." 

I would have been the one that said, "Hmmm, not really sure if it's you, Jesus. Can you show me a few more miracles, just so I can be sure?"

How many times does the Lord have to show me the same signs over and over before I say, "Okay!  Got it! I believe You!"

Secondly, the disciples were told in V. 4-5 "not to leave Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes upon you." (I am paraphrasing here)

Hello? Don't you think they were beating down the door to get to telling the world about Jesus being back from the dead? They were filled with awe and wonder and joy, and yet Jesus told them to hold off until He told them it was time to leave.

Oh my gosh. My impatient little heart just skipped a beat or three! The Lord has to tell me all of the time to WAIT. He has plans in the making, and He needs every piece to be in place before I burst through the door.

Are you following me?

The disciples then asked Him when we would restore the kingdom to Israel. Boy, they were on FIRE and ready for the Lord to deliver on the Promises they knew were coming!

Jesus then told them, "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power, when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth."

Oh, girls! Hold me back! I just jumped out of my chair!!

Don't you know the disciples felt the same way?

They were READY!!

There was just one thing though. They had to wait for God's timing. They had to wait to receive the Holy Spirit so that they could be filled with God's power to reach the ends of the Earth.

So, this brings me back to the old "pushing through" thing. Girls, God has this all worked out for you. You just have to wait, be patient, and push through with your faithfulness.

The pushing brings the Power.

Yes, we have the Holy Spirit. However, we also have to listen to Him. Listen for His nudge. Listen for His voice of Truth. Listen for His timing.

Imagine a pregnancy. The entire 9 months the baby is growing and growing and growing. After about 5 or 6 months, the momma who is carrying that baby is READY to deliver. Time is molasses when you are pregnant.

You just want to see the end result. The baby.

However, what happens if the baby comes too early? The life of this child is in danger. The body is not formed completely and it has not had time to fully develop.

This is what happens when we don't push through to the end with our faith. When we give up too soon, or jump ahead of His plan, we are in danger of receiving a premature outcome. An outcome that is not fully developed will not bear fruit.

We must be patient, girls. Every detail of His plan for us takes time. It is so intricate that we cannot even begin to imagine the incredible fine details.

What are you pushing through, friend?


  • Your marriage?
  • Your job?
  • Problems with a friend?
  • Problems with your children?
  • Your faith?
  • An unfair situation?
  • Jealousy?
  • Pride?
  • Anger?
  • Bitterness?
  • Depression?
  • Loneliness?
  • Your shaky financial situation?


Lean in close and look into my blue/green eyes (or imagine you are) and let me tell you with 100% assurance, that He is Faithful. He will deliver on His Promises. The best is yet to come, my friend.

There will be days when you are tired. You are worn out. You are ready to throw in the towel. You are ready to give up.

Don't!

Keep pushing. Keep praying. Keep reading His Word.

He will not fail you.

pushing through to His promises,

jill


8 comments:

  1. Good Morning Pastor Jill....preach...I say... preach... you hit the the nail on the head. I am on board with you and I am waiting on God and I want his timing not mine. Seen a redbird yesterday and that gives me assurance that my prayers are being heard. Thank you again for your strength in your message this morning and for being obedient. Girl....watch out you are about to be SLAPPED with a "BIG OLE BLESSING"...God is going to throw showers of blessings your way for your faithfulness!!!! you keep it up and know that I am praying for you this morning. Love you and look out for those REDBIRDS.....P.S. today is a Yes Day for us shine girls!!!

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  2. Anonymous7/18/2012

    YES YES YES!!!!!!

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  3. I love you Vicky Palmer! Thank you for all of your encouragement...it blesses me so much!!

    Redbird day! Yes Day!

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  4. I love Acts, Jill. I also love your post. :) May the Lord light us on fire like his disciples. Spreading the Word and love of Jesus like their life depended on it--- and it did.

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  5. Such truth spoken in today's post!! Thanks you for the encouragement
    and the reminder!! I love and appreciate you so much!!!

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  6. Kimberlee7/18/2012

    LOVE today's post also! "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

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  7. God calls us to a higher trust and faith level when we are told to 'wait'. God can only give us His best when we wait upon Him. If we force the 'perfect' work He is doing in our lives, then, Yes Jill, we cause it to abort and it is not a perfect birth. Do we want enough of Him that we want His best or are we going to settle? That's why I say, 'I'm throwing my anchor on the alter and holding on for ALL that He has'. Show me the way Lord that I may walk in it. Yes, Rebekah, I going to hang on to his coattail and stand behind His legs while He fights the battle for me. 'The battle IS THE LORD'S' and I am SO glad, what a mess I make out of situations. I'll come out and walk when He says to do so. So, Jesus knew he couldn't be in all places, his work was done here on earth BUT the Holy Spirit can be everywhere. He is limitless. Let's wait upon the Lord so we can mount up as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint. We pray Lord that you teach us to WAIT. Come Holy Spirit, we are waiting. Amen

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  8. Woooooo Hooooo!!!! I believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in action here...the pastor...teacher...evangelist...prophet...and apostle. I love that apostle means "sent one". I love that when we are called and He sends us out...after we wait to receive power...when the Holy Ghost comes upon us...just like the 1st disciples...that we walk in the same authority. When I began this walk...this learning to tarry...to wait...to be patient in order to be wanting nothing...I was just about half the age I am now. I really thought that the gifts were for special people...you know god-people like my Frankie D used to say...like supermen...you know like Batman, Hulk, Spider and Super men...somehow, the Bible people. Acts is the new beginning...the birth of the Church!! There were not only 12 in that room...I remember when that reality grabbed me...but 120...the 11 disciples, and the new one they added, and the women, and Mary, Jesus' Mother, and Jesus' brothers...and???all who believed He was the Christ...I'd say!!! Amazing...huh? 120 received power to take the gospel to the world...and those 120 laid hands on...how many that gathered in chapter 2...some 5,000 saved the 1st day...and like 4,000 the 2nd...and the met daily!!!! Sorry to get ahead of us...but you know the song the "beat goes on" ...well we're marching to a different drummer than those around us...and the Truth in us...is fixing to burst out like volcanoes...or geysers more like it!!! I am excited...like my 90 year old friend is shouting to me from S. Africa these days...she's just had a heart attack and home now...and she's encouraged...reminds me of Simeon and Anna waiting to see Jesus...and did as an infant in the temple...well, May is saying, "I'm excited to see how God is going to fulfill His promises to me"...and today, she is shouting Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus!!! Ye Soldiers of the Cross!!! I'm excited Shinegirls to see Him fulfill His promise to me... that if I would follow Him...He'd bring them ALL. I said, "All my children and husband?" He said, "ALL!" I said, my sisters and their families?" He said, "ALL". I said, "My inlaws?" He said, "ALL!" I said, "My friends?" He said, "ALL." Today, my ALL consists of ALL my tent...past, present, and future...I Can't Wait to SEE!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

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