Daily Devotional

May 29

"An Impeccable Testimony"


Acts 2:1-4 - When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. In the New Testament, on the Day of Pentecost, ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven, God sent His Spirit among His people in a very special way. This event, however, was not the first time God gave His Spirit to His church. For generations, throughout the Old Testament, God sent His Spirit unto His people. In the book of Job 33:4 we read, "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." In Psalm 104:30a we read, " When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the ground." In Ezekiel 37:14a we read, " And I will put My Spirit within you, and you shall live."

When the Spirit of Pentecost comes into our hearts, He comes to transform us, to make us more like Jesus. As St. Paul has written, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18).

What did the first Pentecost of 2,000 years ago mean and what does the Pentecost Spirit mean for us today? It's God bearing witness to His Son in our hearts. So now as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost, I invite you to be open to God's life-changing Spirit. To celebrate Pentecost is to embrace the Spirit-given truth that "what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He thus fulfilled" (Acts 3:18).

Jesus, God's anointed Lamb, both God and Man, has come to save us from our sins. It is the Spirit of Pentecost sent into the world who testifies to these things. Jesus said, "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about Me" (John 15:26).

Therefore, friends, the celebration of Pentecost is about understanding and receiving the knowledge that your sins are forgiven through the shedding of Christ's blood on the cross. This the Heavenly Father has sealed for us by raising Jesus from the dead (see Acts 2:24; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 1:15-23). This is the good news that God's Spirit wants to assure you of total forgiveness and your new power for living.

Make this week a special week. Celebrate not only by looking back, but by looking forward, knowing that God's Spirit is near, drawing you closer to Jesus, making you more and more like Him.

WE PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit who bears witness to Jesus. Amen.

Taken from "God Wants to Transform Your Life," a sermon by Rev. Dr. Wallace Schulz, former Speaker of The Lutheran Hour

Reflection Questions:

1. Have you ever studied a second language? If so, why did you want to learn it?

2. How miraculous is it for someone to be able to speak another language—instantly?

3. Name some ways you can share Jesus with someone without speaking.

"The Voice of God"


Psalm 8:1-2 - O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, You have established strength because of Your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork" (Psalm 19:1). The majesty and glory of God are readily seen in His creation—a beautiful sunset, billowing clouds, thunderous storms, and peaceful landscapes. God's Name is majestic in all the earth!

God reveals Himself not only in His creation but in His Word, where we learn that God spoke to His people. He talked with Abraham, who was called "a friend of God" (James 2:23b). God's voice was heard as He spoke to Moses "face to face, as a man speaks to his friend" (Exodus 33:11b). God's voice thundered at Mount Sinai and the Israelites were so terrified that they begged Moses, "Do not let God speak to us, lest we die" (Exodus 20:19b). The voice of God came in a gentle whisper to Elijah as the Lord sent His frightened and weary prophet back into ministry. God's voice inspired terror or brought comfort, but when the time was right, the voice of God spoke on earth in a very different way: "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2a).

God's majesty and glory are revealed even "out of the mouth of babies and infants." The voice of God was heard in the cry of a newborn Child in Bethlehem, the infant wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger. In and through that infant, His own Son, God established strength "to still the enemy and the avenger." Sin, death, and Satan would fall in defeat at the voice of that Holy Child when, grown into adulthood and nailed to a cross, Jesus called out, "It is finished!" (John 19:30b). The work the Father who sent Him to do the work of our redemption was complete. Then, in the early dawn on the third day after Jesus' death, another strong voice announced the glad news, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen" (Luke 24:5b-6a).

We have heard the voice of God in His Word. Now is the time for our voices to be heard. As children or adults, we are called to share the good news of the majestic voice of God. It is a mighty voice that spoke in many times and in many ways. It is a mighty voice that was heard in an infant's cry in Bethlehem and in words spoken from a cross. It is the voice of the Savior.

WE PRAY: Lord God, guide me in the study of Your Word so that I may hear Your voice there. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Carol Geisler.

Reflection Questions:

1. Being an Old Testament prophets wasn't easy. What were some of the challenges they faced?

2. What's your favorite Old Testament prophecy about Jesus?

3. How can God's fulfilled prophecies inspire us in our faith today?

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 27-29    John 11:1-29