Sunday, October 13

Be filled with the Spirit

Scripture: Nehemiah 9-10, Acts 2

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

Acts 2:38-39 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

Observation

Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit came!  They were filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke in other tongues, and gave witness to Jesus, which resulted in 3000 people believing and being baptized (the birth of the church and the Jesus movement).  

Jesus had told them that when the Spirit came upon them, they would be empowered, and would be His witnesses in Jerusalem—then beyond.  That is what happened!  And Peter told his audience that if they repent and were baptized, they would be forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that the promise (the Spirit) was for them, their children and for all who are far off whom the Lord would call (that’s us).  

Application

How I need the Holy Spirit!  The Spirit empowers us to be witnesses, and to follow Jesus.  The Christian life is impossible without the Spirit filling and empowering us.  This is why Paul commands, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).  I must be filled…and refilled.  Paul’s command is in the present tense: keep on being filled with the Spirit.  I must be filled afresh, over and over.  I need the Spirit—desperately.  So this is my prayer today:

Prayer: Lord, fill me again with Your Spirit.  Fill me to overflowing.  Fill me and empower me to live for You and be Your witness.  I need You!