Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Winds of Change
Wind of the Holy Spirit
Gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s
sermon, on Pentecost Sunday.He was
reading from Acts 2:1-21 about the account of those congregated in the Upper
Room, as they were obeying the words of Jesus to seek for the Holy Spirit.
The setting was the festival
of harvest and people from many nations were present in the city.
Actually the followers of
Jesus did not know what to expect, and were somewhat surprised when a strong
wind blew over their midst, and tongues of fire set upon each of them.
They began to loudly speak in
foreign languages about the wonderful works of Jesus and were praising
Others down in the street could
hear them, and many were puzzled, and some mocked and made fun.
The amazing thing was that
these unlearned men were speaking in languages unknown to them, but understood
by the foreigners present.“What meanest
this,” is all they could say.
* Even today in our society,
many avoid spiritual phenomena’s and are afraid to seek the Holy Spirit.Instead they wonder why their church is dry
without life and substance.They have
forgotten that it is the Holy Spiritthat gives life.
* Yet all over the world in groups and on
individuals, theHoly Spirit is falling anew and afresh upon earnest seekers!
Peter began to explain that
this event was prophesied in the Old Testament, and the promise of the Holy
Spirit was available to them on that day.
The promise would extend unto their children
and their children’s children. “Your sons and daughters will see visions and
prophesy,” proclaimed Peter.
Thousand were added to the church on that day.
Pastor Jerry likened a church
confirmation prior to membership to this event that birthed the Christian
This was a confirmation of
another comforter promised by Jesus who would guide them and be in them as well
as with them.
Pastor mentioned that we
cannot duplicate the exact happening on the day of Pentecost, which is probably
truer than it should be.
* But as I thought about Pastors remark, I realized that each and every one of us –
today - - can and should have our own personal Pentecost.
Finding a place to seek God, and invite his Holy
Spirit to baptize you with an anointing for service.When the fire falls, allow it to burn out the
dross, when the wind blows, allow it to sift the chaff.When your tongue desires to praise God with
another language, allow the Holy Spirit to praise God through you.
Perhaps it is time to raise
our sails and to move with the Wind of the Spirit.