Pentecost and the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
I am passionate about Evangelism! My soul aches when I find out a person has died without knowing Christ. If only I could have done something. What if I would have told them about Jesus and His saving grace? The Holy Spirit enables us to be His witness; to take the Good News “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). I often think I should wait to share the gospel until I have had the proper “training”. I am afraid I won’t represent the word of God correctly or say something that might damage my delivery. The Holy Spirit has the power to guide me in all aspects of witnessing. All I need to do is “speak my truth” and be open to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost leading me. There is no better witness then one owns experience. “He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” Acts 1:3-5. This is Jesus prophesying the coming of the Holy Spirit. The disciples did not know when or where He would come. “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” (Acts 2:1-4). What an entrance! Only one fit for a King. Being one-third of the Trinity the Holy Spirit is just as powerful as Christ. One phrase in verse 3 is of particular interest to me “tongues of fire that rested on their heads”. The loud violent wind is not too hard to imagine, mostly living in Texas, but the tongues of fire resting on top of everyone head is humorous. As I read more about it from several sources there have been speculation that the fire is most likely referring to God’s special presence in the room. Following examples from when God appeared to Moses in a burning bush (Ex. 3:2-5; Dt. 5:4). He also appeared to the Israelites in a pillar of fire (Ex. 13: 12-22; 14:24; Nu. 14:14). When Elijah offered sacrifice at Mt. Carmel it was consumed by fire (1 Ki. 18:38). Several times scripture identifies God as a consuming fire (Dt. 4:24; Heb. 12:29). Picturing the fire sitting on each person’s head in the room, to me, seems amusing. I love it, God is so good and so creative, He uses everything. I praise God that He helps me look at things in a humorous way, it helps off-set my rather obsessive serious side. I have an illustration below:
This also is not the first time the Holy Spirit has shown up in scripture. The Holy Spirit made His first appearance in Genesis 1:2, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”. The Holy Spirit has always been present. Even non-believers have a Holy Spirit. I know it’s different from ours (believer’s who have accepted Christ). When I pray for non-believers I pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them, to witness to them, to help them seek the one true God. I find it comforting in looking at the attributes of the Holy Spirit. He acts as a person, He teaches (John 14:26, 1 Cor. 2:13), He testifies (John 15:26), He guides us into all truth. He hears, speaks, shows (John 16: 13) and He prays for us (Romans 8:26). One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:26-27, “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weaknesses; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints...
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