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Today's reading: Acts 2:1-13

Reading through Acts 2 this morning immediately brought to mind Acts 1:8 and Jesus telling the disciples that they would be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. If I had been one of the disciples, I would have been wondering how such a monumental task was even possible given that--I wasn't trained in the scriptures, I didn't speak multiple languages, I was no longer employed in my vocation, I had little to no funds and traveling the world wasn't my practice. Yet only a short time after Jesus' departure, the disciples, through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, delivered the gospel message to numerous groups of people in their own languages. And, in turn, these new believers were then empowered to take the salvation message back to their own people, spreading the gospel message far and wide.

This got me thinking about some of the ways the Holy Spirit has empowered me. A number of years ago I was traveling and the gentleman next to me noticed that I had a Bible. He began asking me a lot of questions about what the Bible said about specific topics. I could tell that this was not going to be a short or ordinary conversation so I shot up a prayer and asked God to give me wisdom and the right words to be able to respond to whatever questions came my way. I can only explain what followed as a Holy Spirit empowering. For the next hour or so this man pelted me with questions ranging in topics from a Biblical perspective on gun control, to asking me to explain the difference between what I believed and a number of other religions. As we landed and our conversation came to an end, I was acutely aware of God's hand in our conversation. I was able to respond to every single one of his questions--something that I know was only possible because of the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

What's one example of how the Holy Spirit has empowered you to complete or accomplish a task you couldn't have done on your own? Tami

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That's how God really works. In full freedom of the Holy Spirit.
God helped me today to respond to an email saying 'Was Christ a Buddhist?'.
Your message is just in time for me.

The Spirit's empowering presence can be traced in even the seemingly miniscule or routine instances of Kingdom work. He gives us the ability to keep calm under pressure, or be patient with trying people, or even keep our mouths shut when silence is called for over speech.

Right now he is giving me the power to love some folks I was finding impossible to love before.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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