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WEEK SIX: The Promise of the Spirit

Day One: RETURN


All the commissioning’s are impossible in our own power. They are mere actions apart from the inner presence of Christ. Don’t our weary souls admit it?


This week we will be looking at the key words found in the scriptures where Christ told His disciples to get ready for the promise of the Spirit. The seven words are: Return, stay, wait, receive, baptized, together, in prayer. This is especially helpful for those of us getting ready for the Prayer Retreat on June 5: Fall Fresh on Me


RETURN

Acts 1:12 "Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the mount of Olives, a sabbath's days walk from the city. When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying."


The disciples had to return to Jerusalem after Jesus said good-bye and returned to heaven. Two returns: Jesus’ return to the Father and the disciples’ return to a life without His physical presence. They couldn’t have known what it meant or how it would look to receive this promise of the Father and of Jesus.


Returning to life without Jesus must have felt so empty and perplexing. They couldn’t go back to what they once were and did before Jesus called them to follow Him. And they couldn’t move into their new calling of being witnesses without receiving this promise.


There are times in our lives when losses and heartache seem to disconnect us from ourselves. Seeking to continue to live in the midst of it can be so disorienting. Loss and heartache change us and it is hard to recognize who we are in the beginning days of integration. It isn’t all bad. There is a formation that suffering and changes work in us that brings the gold that 1 Peter talks about.

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than god, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7


I think of the integration after a year plus of this world-wide pandemic. Even if you don’t think you have suffered as much as others, we have all lost the world we once knew.

The disciples lost the world they knew too. So they returned and believed that what they needed in order to face their new world was a baptism in the Spirit. They needed this promise to come to them – an empowerment to be Christ’s witnesses in their world. That’s what I am choosing to believe is my greatest need as well. I have to return to myself, face how the losses have impacted me and believe that Jesus always tells the truth about what I really need. I need a fresh falling of the Spirit on me.

Prayer:


Lord Jesus,

Give me the grace to return to myself as I am after these long losses and changes. Help me to welcome the formation You want to bring through it all. Give me peace that I don’t have to totally understand how I have been and am being changed. You are holding me in Your love, all the broken and healing places. As I return to myself and face my deepest need, the need for a fresh baptism of Your Spirit, give me faith that You take joy in granting the promise of the Father to me.


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