Daily Dose, May 16 — Acts of the Apostles

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,    and your old men shall dream dreams. 
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,    in those days I will pour out my Spirit;      and they shall prophesy. 
And I will show portents in the heaven above    and signs on the earth below,      blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 
The sun shall be turned to darkness    and the moon to blood,      before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  ‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,    for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;    moreover, my flesh will live in hope. 
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,    or let your Holy One experience corruption. 
You have made known to me the ways of life;    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”  ‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, Davidspoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
“He was not abandoned to Hades,    nor did his flesh experience corruption.” 
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand, 
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ” 
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’  Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ (Acts 2:14-40)

Simon Peter spoke with courage and clarity that Pentecost morning. He helped the crowd understand the unusual moment that was happening. God is keeping His promise to pour His Spirit into the hearts and minds of believing people, said Peter. God is causing people to see the world through a brand-new lens, said Peter. People are going to dream and envision a world where God is at the center and where Jesus is the Way to live, said Simon. God is ready to give you the Spirit as a gift so you can be an active participant in this life changing shake up, said Peter. They were at a real fork in the road and asked what they should do. “Change your hearts and lives”, was the simple answer. This is always what God’s Spirit does for us. The Spirit challenges us to change the way we think and behave. Change your life pattern. Find forgiveness from the past and power for the future, says the Spirit. The promise of the Spirit is still there for you and everyone. --Dr. Don Martin