Journal Entry by Grant Schofield

S – Scripture: Acts 1:4-5 - NIV
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 water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

O - Observation
In this verse Luke (the author of Acts) is referring to a previous verse he wrote in Luke 24:9. He is reminding all the disciples of the command Jesus had given them. To not leave, but wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit to come upon you.

A - Application
There are so many times that I will not sit and wait. I will attempt to do things in my own strength. I assume that I know what is right and proceed down a particular path, only to find that the path is harder than expected or that it’s completely wrong and I’ve wasted all this time and energy on something I didn’t need to. This scripture reminds me that I need to be patient in waiting for the Holy Spirit’s prompting. That my decision will never come close to the Fathers and that when I’m led by the Holy Spirit I’m in the best hands possible.

P - Prayer
Lord, don’t let me be so concerned with living where I am and missing the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let me be diligent in the season of waiting and allow me to learn and be transformed through the Holy Spirit as my Guide and Helper. Amen