Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Studying Acts - Chapters 1 & 2

Good Morning Girls are studying the Book of Acts right now! We have read the first two chapters so far, and I am enjoying the study and interacting with my email GMG study group made up of other homeschool moms around the country!

I just want to share a few brief thoughts from these first couple chapters with you! :)

Acts 1

Verses 10 & 11 were a real blessing to me. The promise that "this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner..." is such a sweet promise indeed! The apostles were no doubt comforted by these words as we also can be today. Looking at all the evil that this world is coming to these days makes me ready to say "Even so, come Lord Jesus!"

I want to make sure I am ready for His coming, and I also want to find ways to help others get ready.

At the end of this chapter, the disciples cast lots to determine who should replace Judas Iscariot as an apostle. This practice was brought up in my study group, and the question was asked as to whether we should cast lots to make our decisions today. My answer was that we are never specifically told in Scripture to do this. There are no instructions for exactly how it was done either. If we were supposed to cast lots to make decisions, God would have given clear instructions. Prayer, reading the Word, and staying in a close personal relationship with the Lord so that we can be led by His Spirit are the things I believe we need to be doing in order to make wise decisions in our lives.

Acts 2

In chapter 1, Jesus promised His disciples that they would receive power to witness for Him after the Holy Ghost fell on them (Acts 1:8) This promise came true in a big way in chapter 2! One hundred twenty people coming together for one purpose and all of them being filled with the Holy Ghost brought 3,000 people to the Lord in one day!!! And in the days that followed more and more people were saved every day.

I especially notice the amazing boldness to witness that Peter has now! Before the crucifixion, Peter was too scared to admit that he even knew Jesus. Now, he is loudly declaring that Jesus is Lord! What a miraculous change!

I pray that I may also be bold in my witness for the Lord!

Are you studying through the Book of Acts with Good Morning Girls right now, too? What are your thoughts from the first chapters? I would love to hear from you in the comments section!

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