Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49 (NIV)
That is a hard word for you to hear and obey. What word? The word, stay. You have a hard time staying in one place. You want to be on the move. You are restless. You are impatient. You like to keep busy. You know me. Yes, I know you. The question I want to ask you is, “Do you want to know me?” Yes, I want to know you. It is the desire of my heart to know you. It is the goal of my life to know you. I don’t want to know you just a little bit either. I want to know you intimately. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to go and do whatever is pleasing to you. I want to live a life that accomplishes your purposes and fulfills your plans. That is very good.
You will never know me intimately if you don’t learn to stay in my presence. You will never be able to go and do what I ask of you, if you do not wait for my instructions. Haven’t you raced off, in a hundred different directions, thinking that you were going to go and do my will? Yes, I have done that many times, probably far more than a hundred. You don’t want to know the actual number of times you haven’t waited for my instructions. Let me just say that your waiting to listen to my instructions is a rare event. Forgive me, for not waiting for your instructions. You are forgiven. But, there is far more than waiting for my instructions, that you have missed out on. What else have I missed out on? You have not waited to be clothed with my power to do what I have asked of you. It is not enough to know what I want you to do. You must also rely on my power to do what I have given you to do for me. How many times have you attempted to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans with your own strength? Far too often, I’m sure. That’s right.
Will you stay and wait for my instructions? Will you rely on me to cloth you with my power to do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will wait for your instructions. I will rely on your power to help me to go and do your will. That will be very good. Then you will be a bold witness for me in the world. Then you will accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. I will speak through your life. I will use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.
Lord, thank you for opening my mind to understand the Scriptures. Thank you for helping me to turn away from my old life and receive forgiveness and cleansing of all my sin. Use my life and give me your power to be a bold witness for you in the world. Amen
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