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Focus on the mission

Scripture reading for January 24th: Acts 1, Psalms 17, Proverbs 17

Acts 1:6-11 “So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority. But You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven, as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.””

Jesus had been with HIs disciples for nearly 40 days after His resurrection. He appeared to them, allowed them to touch Him and taught them, opening their minds to the Scriptures. As He prepared to leave them and ascend into heaven, they asked Him about the time of revealing the full kingdom of heaven. Jesus told them not to be concerned about the timing. Rather, they would receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit soon to empower them in their calling and mission: reaching the lost world with the Gospel Good News. He sent two angels to assure them that He would return just as He promised and He arose with the clouds of heaven in great glory!

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your presence.”

Prayer: Lord, thank You for clearly defining the focus and mission of Your disciples as that of witnesses of You and Your power and glory and saving message of repentance and faith. Thank You for the assurance that we will see Your face again and dwell in Your presence forever. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit in me, I set my face towards Jesus Christ, Wisdom from God, and ask to be used as a witness today.

Proverbs 17:24 “The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.”

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We will see His Face!

Scripture reading for December 29th:  Revelation 22:1-11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 22:1-4  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.  On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.  They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.”  

As great as the vision of the holy city, the New Jerusalem was, the real reward for over-comers will be to see the face of the One who redeemed them and adopted them into His family!  The cry of over-coming believers is for more of His presence! His prophets longed for Him, the Apostles longed to touch Him again, and His saints are promised that they will “reign with Him for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 22:5)

Observations for over-comers:   An old worship chorus declares: “O the glory of His Presence, We His people give Him reverence!”  “Then Moses said, “Now show me Your Glory.”  And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, The Lord, in your presence. . .But, He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live.”  (Exodus 33:18-20)

 

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