Unstoppable! 'In the Last Days' — Acts 2:17

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Jesus paid the price to free us from sin, death, and hell so we could serve others in love.

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[Quoting the prophet Joel, Peter said to the crowd on Pentecost,]
'In the last days,' God says,
'I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.'
— Acts 2:17 NLT

Key Thought

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that we entered the last days of God's salvation history on the Pentecost when the resurrected Jesus poured out the Spirit on his disciples. God had sent his Son to be the complete revelation of himself (Hebrews 1:1-3). Out of love, God was offering all peoples salvation through his Son (John 3:16-17). There is no other Savior, no other way, and no other name. Jesus is the only one who saves (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Jesus stands near, ready to return at any moment (Philippians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We must share Jesus with urgency.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God and tender Father, awaken your children from our lethargy. So many in our world do not know Jesus. They do not know your self-giving love for them. I ask you to send your Holy Spirit in a fresh way, a powerful way, to inspire us — to inspire me — to greater urgency in sharing your love. Help me as I help people know the real Jesus. I want others to know your faithful loving-kindness, righteous character, and gracious compassion revealed in Jesus. Use me, dear Father, to be your messenger of grace. In Jesus' name, I beg this. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:1-3
  • 2 Peter 3:3

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Illustration of Acts 2:17 NLT — [Quoting the prophet Joel, Peter said to the crowd on Pentecost,]
'In the last days,' God says,
'I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.'

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.