What happens after you read God’s Word or listen to a sermon? Does it fill you with power to do something about it? Are you moved to do something or does life carry on as normal?
Peter had preached a Spirit-filled, powerful message. The people who heard it were deeply moved by his words and the truth behind them. The message moved them to ask, “What should we do?”
When we read God’s Word or listen to a sermon, our response should be the same: “What should we do?” We don’t read the Bible for information. A sermon isn’t just for recounting what the Bible says. God’s Word has power that we need to apply to our lives to act on it.
To be sorry for our sins isn’t enough. God’s Word compels us to repent – to change our minds about what we have done – and to ask God for his forgiveness. Then, in Holy Spirit power, we must live like forgiven people. God’s Word encourages us to change the direction of our lives. We move from selfishness and rebellion against God to depending on Jesus for forgiveness, grace, guidance and for a purpose in life.
Have you heard God speaking to you through his Word as you read it? Have you heard God’s voice through another as they proclaimed God’s truth? Then ask God what you should do and to give you the power to follow through on it.
Think It Over
Think about the following:
• What has God been saying to you through his Word lately? What action should you take to follow through on what he’s been saying?
Unless otherwise shown, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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