“I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”- Luke 24:49
One of the best feelings is discovering a gift card that has yet to be used. Upon remembering/finding that precious plastic, you are ready for some splendid shopping, exquisite entertainment, or fine food.
This Sunday marks PENTECOST. The day the promised Holy Spirit was sent, the Church was birthed, ushered in these last days, and released an extraordinary empowerment in the life of every believer! Acts 2:1-4 details this Divine deposit, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
As you can see, this precious promise happened to all and is available to all who would believe. In Acts 2:17 Peter defends and explains the Upper Room events, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” As believers there are certain faith elements we cannot live without: Salvation through Grace; God’s Holy Word; Prayer; and Fellowship of the Saints. We also absolutely need the Holy Spirit’s presence and power actively at work. It is through the Holy Spirit that God is glorified, the unbeliever is witnessed to, and the church is built up. 1 Corinthians 12:6-7 says, “There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
Like finding a gift card or finalizing a credit card transaction by entering a Zip Code, let’s activate Pentecost today! It is time once to be guided, enlightened, empowered, and used by the Holy Spirit. In John 16:13 Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth.”
- May the Holy Spirit bring CONVICTION of sin and a deeper desire to serve God’s will.
- May the Holy Spirit bring CLARITY when reading the Bible and responding to people.
- May the Holy Spirit bring CONFIDENCE when sharing our faith and moving in the gifts.