READ: Acts 2:1-21
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (v. 4)
How do we find strength to start anew? How do we get out of bed and make a difference despite pain, sorrow, and past mistakes? We don’t begin again on our own strength, rather we are reliant upon God and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Peter denied Jesus three times, yet Christ forgave and reinstated him (John 21:15-23). At Pentecost, filled with the Holy Spirit, God used Peter to preach salvation in Christ, and about three thousand were added to their number that day (Acts 2:41).
We are empowered to begin again through the Holy Spirit and prayer. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are also filled with the Holy Spirit. Through prayer we can ask God to strengthen, heal, forgive, motivate, and encourage us. What difference will it make today if we realize that we are not alone because the Holy Spirit dwells in us? What obstacles and anxieties must we bring to God in prayer?
Rather than throwing in the towel, choosing a life of self-pity, or making excuses, will we trust that God will use us to make a kingdom impact in this world? Will we seek to be a blessing to others? Will we begin again and witness how God can restore? How might God use you today?
Faithful God, empower me through your Spirit to follow your leading into the new beginning you have planned for me. As I rely on your Spirit and the power of prayer, give me faith and hope. Amen.