Daily Archives: April 27, 2019
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Peter Addresses the Crowd
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
A Matter of the Heart | Kathy Page
This is such an awesome chapter of Scripture! The beginning of the first church and the Holy Spirit’s descending on His people.
Peter had just implicated his audience in the death of Jesus, “You crucified this man.” He wasn’t concerned about pleasing them, but telling the truth.
“Cut to the heart” (v. 37). When Peter spoke those words, the people had a choice to make: 1, they could reject this truth, and God; or 2, they could receive it and flourish in their relationship with Him. These people’s hearts had been cut, they were kicked in the gut, they were stunned by the enormity of their sins, they were broken, they did not attempt to minimize their guilt – their hearts were ready to receive God’s truth. They were convicted and convinced that something needed to be done. Their conviction led them to move. “What shall we do?”, they ask. Peter lets them know exactly what needs to be done. “Repent, turn away from your sin, be baptized and seek forgiveness.” God’s truth had fallen on fertile soil!
How is my heart? When I am faced with the truth about Jesus and my guilt before Him, what is my response? Will I reject His truth, minimize my guilt before Him? Will my heart be cut? Will my heart be ready to receive His truth about my sin? It separates me from my Lord. As a believer, what should my response be? Repent. Seek God’s forgiveness. Seek God’s forgiveness so that my relationship, my fellowship with my God, can be restored.
Lord, pierce my heart so I may stay humble and close to You. Remind me that Your heart too was pierced for my sins, and Your blood was shed for the remission of my sins. I want to be convicted of my sins continually by Your Holy Spirit so that I will be moved to repent and seek Your forgiveness. I pray my heart is always fertile soil for You. In Jesus’ Name.
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