Good morning! Have you ever been somewhere and you waited in expectation for someone to arrive? Maybe it was at an airport where you were waiting for your loved one to walk off the plane. Maybe it was the birth of a newborn baby – nine months of waiting. Last week we read about the apostles waiting, but they weren’t waiting alone. Join me as we begin Acts chapter 2.
BIBLE VERSE– Acts 2:1-4 NLT
“1 On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
Many Christians from around the world celebrate Pentecost. Pentecost comes from a Greek derivation that means 50 or 50th day after the Feast of First Fruits (Leviticus 23:16). It is also recognized as the day when Christians celebrate the coming of the promised Holy Spirit. Some may ask, why is it significant or important to remember? I believe it is always important to remember a promise fulfilled.
When the Holy Spirit came, the spirit didn’t stop, knock on the door and introduce itself – it is clear that the Spirit came with power –
- Filled the house
- Like flames or tongues of fire
- Filled everyone in the room
When the Holy Spirit filled everyone in the room, that included the apostles, Mary – Jesus’ mother, other women and Jesus’ brothers.
Sisters and brothers, the Holy Spirit is living inside every believer. It comforts, it guides, it slows our speech, it helps us to discern and it gives us power to profess the wonders and works of God. In Luke 19:40, there was a moment when the people were shouting and giving praise and the Pharisees wanted Jesus to rebuke them, Jesus said “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
I believe it is the same way when the Holy Spirit comes upon us and begins to use us. That even when things or people are against us or if we try to hold back our praise, even the stones will burst out in praise. I remember singing a song as a kid that said, if I don’t praise the Lord the rocks are going to cry out – I don’t want, don’t want no rocks crying out in my place.
Sisters and brothers, the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. Stay attuned to the directing and leading of the Spirit. Praise the Lord in all you do and for His power working in you. Don’t let the rocks cry-out, because you refuse to give God praise. Praise Him! Praise Him while you are waiting. Praise Him when your prayers are answered! Praise Him in the midst of disappointment! Praise Him in fear! Then watch – the Holy Spirit rise inside of you and feel you with supernatural peace.
Father God, we give you praise for all that you do and have done in our lives. We praise you for Your power that is displayed in our weakness. We praise in times when we don’t know the outcome of our situations but know you are greater than them all. Lord, forgive us for the times when we failed to recognize your power working within us. Forgive us for the times when we quenched the Holy Spirit because of fear or lack of understanding. Lord, we desire to be used by you. Lord, reignite areas in our lives that have set dormant. Equip us with your mighty power to live in the fullness of your love and boldness to share your message with the world. Lord, we don’t want to miss an opportunity to experience you or serve you. Give us an obedient heart, ears to listen and a stable mind to follow through. In Jesus name, amen.
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