Wind and Fire!
Scripture reading for May 24th: Acts 15, Psalm 104, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: Acts 15:7-11 “And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the Gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.””
Jewish believers in Jesus wanted to demand that all Gentiles be circumcised in addition to faith in Jesus. Peter refuted them with the fact that God shows no favoritism in giving the Holy Spirit to Jew and Gentile who believed by His sovereign grace. Salvation is by grace through faith for all who believe with no strings attached.
Faith Confession: Lord, Thank You for Your saving Gospel and the gift of faith and the Holy Spirit. Empower me with the ‘wind’ and ‘fire’ of Your Holy Spirit to reach out to the lost today.
Psalm 104:4 “. . He makes His messengers winds, and His ministers a flaming fire.”