I Will Pour Out My Spirit

5th June

“‘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. In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on my servants – men and women alike – and they will prophesy.’”

Acts 2:17-18

Long ago, through the prophet Joel, a prophecy was foretold, that God’s very Spirit would be poured out on all mankind. Jesus alluded to this many times throughout His earthly life and ministry. He promised that when He ascended after His resurrection, that all the disciples and followers of Jesus would be ‘baptised with the Holy Spirit’. Yet what does this mean for us now?

Well, firstly, we must realise, that this promise was not exclusive to the disciples, but for all who put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Notice that God said through Joel’s words that His Spirit would be poured out on all people; men, women, servants, kings, rulers and workers. It is not restricted or hindered by who you are. If you believe, He will freely give you the gift of His Spirit.

Secondly, the Holy Spirit, is not some strange mist flowing around us. The Holy Spirit is a person. He lives in us, to empower us to live for Jesus, He supernaturally reveals Jesus to us, He leads us, He guides us, He comforts us, He convicts us of our sins when we do wrong but also leads us to the grace and mercy found in Jesus’ love. He helps us pray. He gives us supernatural gifts to extend God’s Kingdom here on this earth. He produces Godly fruit in us, so that we might reflect Jesus in the world around us. He makes us brave and bold to share the Good news. He reveals God’s word to us, helping us understand the mysteries of God’s heart. This is who the Spirit is and He lives in us. Let us thank Him for the work He does, and for the wonderful day of Pentecost when He poured Himself out for ALL of humanity!

 

The Power Of Pentecost

25th May

“”So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah”… Those who believed what Peter said were baptised and added to the church that day-about 3,000 in all.”

Acts 2:36,41

Yesterday marked our anniversary of the baptism and gift of the Holy Spirit for the disciples, 40 days after the resurrection of Christ in around 30 AD. It is a time when we celebrate God’s promise of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Helper, who was given to humanity to further extend the Kingdom of God and to reveal Jesus Christ to searching hearts. It is a time when we see the Trinity in all its fullness and power and discover the person of the Holy Spirit through His mighty acts, as recorded in this wonderful book.

Yet for Peter and the disciples awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit in the upper room in Jerusalem, it was not only a life changing experience but a ministry defining moment when the Holy Spirit was finally given on the day of Pentecost in the form of tongues of fire. He empowered the disciples to live in all the fulness God had intended for them and even in areas of their lives that they didn’t even realise they had gifting in.

None more so than Peter the Apostle. Just a few months prior to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Peter, who had walked so closely with Jesus, denied he ever knew Him as Jesus was facing trial by the High Priest and Pharisees. Yet through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the same Peter boldly proclaimed the message of Christ and 3000 people were added to the faith in one day.

This is a timely message for all believers across the world. In and of ourselves we can do nothing. Yet with the empowerment of the person of the Holy Spirit, we can proclaim the message of Salvation to the lost and liberty for those broken hearted and captive to sin. We must be filled daily with the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.