Fill Me Up – Day 5

DON'T STAY STRUGGLING // SEPTEMBER 16, 2022

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off -- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 

Acts 2:37-39

By way of explaining the Holy Spirit phenomenon the Jewish crowd was witnessing, Peter told them that Jesus was both Lord and Messiah. Immediately, they were "cut to the heart," asking Peter what they should do -- these same people who had crucified Jesus. Peter told them they had a choice to make: repent and be baptized in Jesus' name.

We don't need to stay struggling, stumbling and suffering. We just have to come to the realization that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and we have the opportunity to respond. We have choice and consequence. It's certainly critical, but it isn't complicated. We are sinners in need of a savior. We can't save ourselves; Jesus already paid our debt and died in our place. We don't have any hoops to jump through. We can simply respond with a change of heart and a change of mind -- and walk in a different direction. Every saint has a dark past, and every sinner can have a bright future.

Are you struggling today? If you have made the choice to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you don't have to keep focusing on what you're not or what you don't have. You can't do it on your own ... but God? He's not limited by anything. You need God. It doesn't matter what you've done or haven't done. Repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Be filled with God's presence, walk in his power and fulfill his purpose. Then, you, too, can be EXTRAordinary.

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