A Renewed Appreciation of the Holy Spirit

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”. Acts 2:4

The passage surrounding our text reveals the principles, inclinations and passion of first generation Christians. The text itself is both the fulfillment of John’s proclamation that Christ “…shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire“, as well as a prelude to the prophetic fulfillment that God would pour out his spirit on all flesh.  

Acts 2:4 unveils the day of Pentecost on which the first Christians received the infilling of the Holy Spirit who imparted spiritual power in them. Annually, Pentecost Sunday inspires arenewed reception of the Holy Spirit. This appreciation heightens our awareness of experiencing and living out His indwelling presence.   As we read the passage containing this text, a principle, which stands out, is that submission to the word and will of God is important to this renewal.The disciples were inclined to obedience and per Christ’s instruction, passionately united in continual prayer until they received power from on high when the Holy Spirit came. The preceding verse says the Holy Spirit sat upon each of them; indicating that what occurred did not just happen to them.  A.T. Pierson indicated that it was “a completed preparation, and a certain permanence of position and condition.” The Holy Spirit did an involved work.  The scripture reveals, “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”.  They were able to do the work of God with an amazing new ability and power.   

Additionally, we are shown that perseverance in prayer has the ability to sharpen ones discernment of how the Spirit of God is directing us. Another element was their patient waiting which can bring about an understanding that without the Holy Spirit igniting and burning within our souls, we would lack spiritual strength to operate.We all need God’s power, His enabling Holy Spirit to achieve what he has called us to do, to accomplish the impossible and succeed in life changing ways. So let us unite in consistent prayer, that we may have discernment and understanding. Let us adhere to the principles, inclinations and passion of first generation Christians.  

May each of you experience a Pentecost renewal that reignites your heart, attitude, behaviour and actions with Holy Ghost fire and power. 

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Von Crigler

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