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July 6th

"So when they had come together, they asked Him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"  Jesus said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons that the Father has fixed in 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 ends of the earth."  Acts 1:6-8

How many Christians are so consumed about end time events, and trying to debate and figure out what the Lord is doing, and when the Lord is coming back.  Jesus clearly tells us that no one knows the time, date or season that the Lord is coming back.

But Jesus does give us His purpose for His Church (every follower of Jesus) while we wait for the coming of the Lord!  We have a purpose and that is why He gave the Promise of the Holy Spirit!  He gave us working orders for His church from then until He comes back.

* We will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you!  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give us His Power, His Presence, His Peace, His Provision to be able to live like Jesus in the world that we live today.  We will never be able to live this Jesus life without the Holy Spirit!  We need His power to live victoriously in this evil world!  We need His power to overcome temptation and sin in our daily lives.  Jesus says that we need to focus on the power of the Spirit in our lives.

* We will be His witnesses!  We have a job to witness to people that need to know Jesus!  We are not saved to sit and be served, coddled, and to just wait for Jesus to come back.  People need the Lord and the Holy Spirit is what gives us power, boldness, courage, faith and the gifts of the Spirit to witness with our words, and with our lives.  Why do we need the Spirit if we are not going to serve and witness to lost people?  When was the last time we shared Jesus to someone that did not know Jesus Christ!

* We will be missionaries!  We will be witnesses at home, in the next city, to the outcasts of our society and to the rest of the world.  Missions is more than just going on a yearly missions trip, or giving a missions offering, missions is the heartbeat of Jesus.  That is why ICC is all about - "Reaching the City and Touching the World for Jesus."

Today, fill us with Your Spirit and Power so that we can fulfill the purpose that God has for our lives - TO LIVE AND TO WITNESS ABOUT JESUS!

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