Acts 1:4-5 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.”
The gift of the Holy Spirit was such an important part of Jesus’ mission on earth. So much so that he commanded his disciples not to leave Jerusalem and to wait for the Holy Spirit. In fact, this was one of the last commands Jesus issued to his disciples before he was taken up to Heaven (Acts 1:9-11).
Throughout the book of Acts there are fascinating accounts of the Holy Spirit guiding, warning and counseling the disciples as they turned the world upside down for Christ. The day of Pentecost is a well-known account of the Holy Spirit’s introduction to the world stage. The bible teaches that God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5) were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
Suddenly, the sound of a violent wind from Heaven filled the house were they were sitting (Acts 2:2). The rest is history about what took place on the day of Pentecost. What a grand entry from the comforter who we as Christians enjoy every day of our lives.
There is one account of the Holy Spirit in my life that simply blew me away. For the sake of privacy, I will not use the names of people associated with what I am about to share. Late last year as I was talking to my wife, I kept saying the name of a friend of the family instead of saying the name of the person the conversation was intended for. Each time my wife reminded me I was using the wrong name in place of the intended person.
Well, this happen over the course of four days that I kept saying the name of a friend in place of the person we were discussing. At that moment I realized this was the Holy Spirit prompting me to contact the friend I kept mistakenly mentioning. So, I texted them to say they were on my heart and I was wondering if they were ok.
The friend texted back with amazement because they were in the hospital with a lump on their chest! My mouth hit the floor! Further more, they expressed how they felt a rush of emotions, tears and a huge burden being lifted off their shoulder as they read my text. To make a long story short, I prayed for my friend and by the grace of God they are doing great.
Please hear me on this, the Holy Spirit is REAL! The spirit operates in a whisper or super natural intervention in my case by causing the name of another to repeatedly be spoken for someone else. What a mighty God we serve! Over the years I have learned to be sensitive to the prompting of the spirit.
Galatians 5:25 says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” The God we serve understands that every believer must be fully equipped to work in the spiritual realm by putting on the full armor of God (Ephesian 6:10-18). Operating in spiritual realms requires prayer and a belief that the God we serve desires a relationship with you. He will give you all you need to function in this thing we call life. And the beautiful thing is we don’t have to wait for it, for the waiting has already been done. All we have to do is receive.
Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our friend our protector and our Redeemer. Sharpen our sensitivity to the prompting of the spirit. Open our heart to receive what you have for us. Thank you all you do and continue to do; it’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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