When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1
The men and women huddled in the upper room waiting for this power promised them KNEW the Son of God. They walked with Him, learned from Him, watched Him. They loved Him. They believed in Him. They trusted Him as their Lord and Savior. They followed Him, even when it wasn’t easy. They SAW and SPOKE to the resurrected Jesus. He breathed on them; commissioned them.
But here they sit. Gathered together behind closed doors…waiting…
…until…one day, while sitting behind those closed doors, a sound came out of nowhere. Loud, different from anything they had ever heard. The closest way to describe it is a MIGHTY RUSHING WIND. Strong, powerful. And it FILLED the entire house. Sound filling space. Out of the corner of their eyes, they see divided tongues as of fire appearing, then resting on EACH. ONE. OF. THEM. Words came out of their mouth they had never heard before. Suddenly a crowd starts to form outside the dwelling. People from EVERY nation under heaven gathering because they too heard the sound. Voices, so many voices…but yet so clear; understandable in each native language. It wasn’t just noise; it was beautiful. Impulsive, foot-in-his-mouth, often misguided Peter stands and lifts his voice. The first of many BOLD and BRAVE sermons under a new covenant. Thousands believe. And more and more each day.
THIS is the power of the Holy Spirit. THIS is the power we have in us.
Insignificant to Influential.
Fisherman to Fisher of Men.
Denier to Defender.
Spontaneous to Spirit-Led.
Terrified to Trailblazer.
Mess to Mighty Warrior.
Challenge: Write your _____ to ______ phrases of how you have seen, or would like to see, the power of the Holy Spirit work in your life.