Acts

The work of the Spirit is particularly noted throughout the book of acts.  This is why the book is sometimes called The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 9:31 “The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.”

Paul’s first missionary journey did not result from a planning session, but from the Spirit’s initiative as the leaders worshipped! (The communication from the Spirit may have come through the prophets)

Acts 13:2 “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”

Acts 16:6-7 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time.  Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there.  (New Living Translation Bible)

The work of the Spirit is particularly noted throughout the book of acts.  This is why the book is sometimes called The Acts of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit may have led in any of a number ways; vision, circumstances, good sense or use of the prophetic gifts.

Ayat-ayat disini sangat menarik, karena menunjukkan peran siapa yg sesungguhnya menggerakkan penginjilan pada abad pertama ini.  Pertama-tama, murid-murid sendiri harus diperlengkapi oleh Roh Kudus, supaya mereka diberi kekuatan dari Allah.  Jika kita melihat perjuangan murid-murid di buku ini, kita akan sadar bahwa apa yang mereka hadapi sangat tidak mudah; murid2 harus menginjil bahkan membangun jemaat, tanpa Yesus, yang dulunya selalu bersama mereka. Seterusnya, Roh Kudus juga yang memberikan arahan siapa yang pergi dan kemana mereka pergi.  Waow, seandainya kita punya hubungan yang dekat dengan Tuhan dan fokus untuk melakukan apa yg Dia inginkan, Roh Kudus akan memberikan arahan step by step kepada kita.  Jadi ingat khotbahnya Harliem, bahwa Tuhan selalu menginginkan hubungan dengan kita, tapi kita cenderung mau kepastian tentang apa yang ada di depan.  Fokuslah kepada hubungan dengan Tuhan dan keinginan Nya, maka Dia akan mengarahkan jalan kita, amin.

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