“It is pleasant to see, hear, learn know, and believe that God exists, yet doing the work and acting out your faith is a completely different Act of Action.
Upon repentance, your words and works justifies the connection of activities of God’s words and works in your life. God identifies who you are, through the Blood of Christ, that was shed on the Cross for your sins, from the repented heart of your actions and obedience. Your will will be tested so that you learn the ways of God and practice His Commandments. The fire will measure the good you’ve done and what you have learned from your test. God will judge whether you passed or failed. So ask (Acts – AX – lol) Him now, where do you stand and measure up in Him?
Your ID Card
God knows His Children and each of us have our own ID Card that personally connects us to God. You cannot counterfeit the card of the connection to God, because it is like the wind. You can’t see it with your eyes but you can feel God’s Holy Gift and Identification Card of the Holy Spirit, which God places inside your heart. This stamp of approval is your go-to entry pass into the Kingdom of God and eternal rest. Keep your card with you at all times and do not give it to the devil by following him, listening to his lies, and ignoring God’s Truth. You cannot serve two masters with this ID Card
The Holy Spirit
By faith God gives you the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and comfort you in your walk with God. Your studies, reading, prayers, fasting, and living with God’s commandments will help you improve your lifestyle, working for God. The Holy Spirit helps you to find the right job or jobs that fit your personality, needs, and faith along with God’s expectations and knowledge of who you are. You can do this with God’s help, wisdom, and knowledge of honesty, truth, justice, and perseverance. Be patient but be vigilant. Calling all cats to action.
Are you prepared to fight the vindictive, venomous devil all by yourself, without the gifts, help and weapons of the Holy Spirit?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.
Acts 1New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives,a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters,[d] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas,who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our numberand shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]
let there be no one to dwell in it,’[e]
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’[f]
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptismto the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show uswhich of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.